Emma Walton Hamilton
|This biographical article relies too much on references to primary sources. (March 2011)|
|Born||Emma Katherine Walton
27 November 1962
London, England, UK
|Other names||Emma Walton-Hamilton (pen name)|
Tony Walton (biological)
Blake Edwards (stepfather)
Emma Walton-Hamilton (born Emma Katherine Walton, 27 November 1962) is an American actress and author of children's books. She is currently an instructor in the MFA program at SUNY-Stony Brook Southampton.
Early and personal life
Her parents were British actress and singer Julie Andrews and Tony Walton, a British set designer and costume designer. Her godmothers were actress Carol Burnett and Svetlana Beriosova, prima ballerina of the The Royal Ballet; her godfather was British actor Vic Oliver. Though she was born in London, she grew up in California, where her mother was one of the most important film actresses in Hollywood. She attended UCLA Lab School, according to her mother. In 1967, her parents divorced, and two years later her mother married film director Blake Edwards, who became her stepfather.
In 1991, she married Steve Hamilton, a special effects technician. They have two children: Sam (born 18 October 1996) and Hope (born 17 August 2003).
From 1983 to 1991, she had a few bit parts in films and television.
In 1991, she, her husband, and veteran British-American actress Sybil Christopher founded the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York. This independent non-profit theatre is still in operation as of 2015. Walton-Hamilton was the theatre's Artistic co-Director and Director of Education and Programming for Young Audiences for 17 years.
In 2000, she began writing books for children in collaboration with her mother, starting with Dumpy the Dumptruck. They wrote 13 "Dumpy" books, of which 12 were illustrated by her father Tony Walton, who had remained friends with her mother despite their divorce. Walton-Hamilton and Andrews have co-written 31 children's books, including the "Dumpy" books, The Great American Mousical (2006), also illustrated by Walton, two "Bonnie Boadicea" novels for middle schoolers, The Very Fairy Princess (2010) and 11 "Very Fairy" sequels, and two unrelated novels. They have also co-edited two anthologies of poetry and songs, and one of Wisdom From Mothers and Children. The spoken-word version of Julie Andrews' Collection Of Poems, Songs, And Lullabies won a 2011 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children.
Walton-Hamilton and Andrews collaborated with Kate Dawson, Jodi Glucksman, and Barbara Buck-Aronica on Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project (2012), a book with accompanying CD.
Walton-Hamilton has also written Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment (2009).
|1983||Curse of the Pink Panther||Angry Hooker||As Emma Walton|
|1984||Micki + Maude||Maude's Nurse||As Emma Walton|
|1986||A Fine Mess||First Extra||As Emma Walton|
|That's Life!||Kate Fairchild||As Emma Walton|
|1987||Blind Date||Muggette #1||As Emma Walton|
|1991||Switch||Fur Protestor||As Emma Walton|
|1990||The Bill||Natasha's Sister||As Emma Walton
1 Episode: "Old Friends"
|1995||Great Performances||Herself||As Emma Walton
1 Episode: "Julie Andrews: Back on Broadway"
|2012||Today||Herself - Guest||As Emma Walton
1 Episode: "Episode dated 4 October 2012"
|2007-2012||Rachael Ray||Herself||4 Episodes:
- Dumpy the Dumptruck (2000)
- Dumpy at School (2000)
- Dumpy and His Pals (2001)
- Dumpy Saves Christmas (2001)
- Dumpy's Friends on the Farm (2001)
- Dumpy and the Big Storm (2002)
- Dumpy and the Firefighters (2003)
- Simeon's Gift (2003)
- Dragon: Hound of Honor (2004)
- Dumpy to the Rescue! (2004)
- Dumpy's Apple Shop (2004)
- Dumpy's Happy Holiday (2004)
- Dumpy's Extra-Busy Day (2006)
- Dumpy's Valentine (2006)
- The Great American Mousical (2006)
- Thanks To You: Wisdom From Mothers and Children (2007)
- Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies (2009)
- Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment (2009)
- Little Bo in Italy: The Continued Adventures of Bonnie Boadicea (2010)
- The Very Fairy Princess (2010)
- Julie Andrews' Treasury for All Seasons: Poems and Songs to Celebrate the Year (2012)
- Little Bo In London: The Ultimate Adventure of Bonnie Boadicea (2012)
- Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project (2012)
- The Very Fairy Princess: A Very Fairy Christmas (2012)
- The Very Fairy Princess: Here Comes the Flower Girl! (2012)
- The Very Fairy Princess: A Christmas Reader (2012)
- The Very Fairy Princess: A Fairy Merry Christmas (2012)
- The Very Fairy Princess: and the Sparkly Wedding Surprise (2012)
- The Very Fairy Princess: Follows Her Heart (2013)
- The Very Fairy Princess: Sparkles In the Snow (2013)
- The Very Fairy Princess: Teacher's Pet (2013)
- The Very Fairy Princess: Graduation Girl! (2014)
- The Very Fairy Princess: Makes the Grade (2014)
- The Very Fairy Princess: A Spooky, Sparkly Halloween (2015)
- Three Time #1 Bestseller
- Parents Choice Gold Medal
- Living Now Silver Medal
- IPPY Book Awards Silver Medal
- Grammy Award, Best Spoken Word Album for Children
- Bay Street Theatre website, "About" page
- Listings for Emma Walton-Hamilton in WorldCat.
- Personal Website
- Emma Walton Hamilton at the Internet Movie Database
- Springen, Karen. "How To Keep Kids Turning Pages". Newsweek. Interview retrieved from the "Julie Andrews Biography" page on http://www.julieandrewsonline.com.