Emma Walton Hamilton

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Emma Walton Hamilton

Born
Emma Katherine Walton

(1962-11-27) 27 November 1962 (age 56)
London, England
NationalityBritish
Other namesEmma Walton-Hamilton (pen name)
OccupationChildren’s author, editor, actress, educator, arts and literacy advocate, artistic director
Spouse(s)
Steve Hamilton (m. 1991)
Children2
Parent(s)Tony Walton
Julie Andrews
Websitewww.emmawaltonhamilton.com

Emma Katherine Walton Hamilton (née Walton; 27 November 1962[1]) is a British actress, theatrical director and children's book author. She is currently an instructor in the MFA program at SUNY-Stony Brook Southampton, where she serves as Director of the Southampton Children's Literature Fellows program and YAWP, the Young Artists and Writers Project.[2]

Early and personal life[edit]

Walton was born in London. Her parents are British actress and singer Julie Andrews and Tony Walton, a British set designer and costume designer. Her godmothers were actress Carol Burnett[3] and Svetlana Beriosova, prima ballerina of The Royal Ballet; her godfather was British actor Vic Oliver. Her childhood was spent between London and Los Angeles, 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 actor/director Stephen Hamilton.[4] They have two children: Sam (born 18 October 1996) and Hope (born 17 August 2003), and live in Sag Harbor, New York.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

From 1983 to 1991, she had a few bit parts in films and television, including Micki + Maude and That's Life!.[1]

In 1991, she, her husband, and veteran British-American actress Sybil Christopher founded the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, New York.[5] This independent non-profit theatre is still in operation as of 2018. Walton-Hamilton was the theatre's Artistic co-Director and Director of Education and Programming for Young Audiences for 17 years.

She has also voiced many audiobooks, including Gitty Daneshvari’s School of Fear, Patrick McDonnell’s Me…Jane, and Nancy Tafuri’s All Kinds of Kisses.[6] In 2010, she won the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children for voicing Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies.[7]

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 New York Times bestsellingThe Very Fairy Princess (2010) series,[8] and two unrelated novels. They have also co-edited two anthologies of poetry and songs, and one concept book, Thanks to You: Wisdom From Mother and Child.[9]

Walton-Hamilton and Andrews contributed to Kate Dawson, Jodi Glucksman, and Barbara Buck-Aronica's Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project (2012), a book with accompanying CD.[10]

Walton-Hamilton has also written a book for adults, Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment (2009).[10] The book won a Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, silver medals from the Living Now and IPPY Book Awards, and Honorable Mention from ForeWord Magazine's Best Book of the Year.[11]

In 2016 Walton Hamilton created the preschool television series Julie's Greenroom with her mother and Judy Rothman. The show stars Julie Andrews, joined by her assistant, Gus (Giullian Yao Gioiello), and the “Greenies,” a cast of original puppets built by The Jim Henson Company. The show premiered on Netflix in 2017.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
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
Television
Year Title Role Notes
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:
  • "A Dame of a Mystery Taster" (2007), as Emma Walton
  • "Episode #4.39" (2009), as Emma Walton
  • "Julie Andrews & Nick Cannon" (2011)
  • "Julie Andrews and Holiday Decorating" (2012)
2017 Julie's Greenroom Co-Creator, Executive Producer, Writer Netflix Original Series

Publications[edit]

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  • 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)

Awards[edit]

  • 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Emma Walton Hamilton". IMDB. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  2. ^ "Faculty & Staff". Stony Brook Southampton MFA in Creative Writing & Literature. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  3. ^ "Interview with Emma Walton Hamilton". Her Campus. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  4. ^ http://stephenhamiltondirecting.com
  5. ^ Bay Street Theatre website, "About" page
  6. ^ "Meet Emma". Emma Walton Hamilton. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  7. ^ "Artist Emma Walton Hamilton". Recording Academy Grammy Awards. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  8. ^ "Children's Picture Books". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  9. ^ "Hamilton, Emma Walton". WorldCat. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  10. ^ a b c Listings for Emma Walton-Hamilton in WorldCat.
  11. ^ "YAWP Administration and Faculty". Stony Brook Southampton Young Artists & Writers Project.
  12. ^ "Netflix Sets 'Julie's Greenroom' Preschool Series From Julie Andrews, Jim Henson Co". Variety. June 2, 2016. Retrieved June 2, 2016.

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