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Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy-winning actress Julie Andrews has signed to star in the ABC telefilms Eloise at the Plaza and Eloise at Christmastime, the first screen adaptations of Kay Thompson's classic children's books, which are illustrated by Hilary Knight. Kevin Lima (102 Dalmatians) has come aboard to direct both films about the mischievous 6-year-old who lived at New York's Plaza Hotel. Andrews will play Nanny, the British guardian to Eloise. Nine-year-old newcomer Sofia Vassilieva (The Brady Bunch in the White House) has been cast in the title role in the films, which will be shot back-to-back starting next month in Toronto and New York.

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