Dame Julie Andrews, Helen Hunt and Stephen Sondheim were among the stars who turned out to remember Broadway composer and novelist Mary Rodgers at a memorial service on Monday (03Oct14).

The daughter of Broadway icon Richard Rodgers passed away on 26 June (14) at the age of 83, and famous faces came together at the Town Hall venue in New York City to celebrate her life.

Andrews was among the speakers at the service and she was joined at the podium by actress-turned-Tv star Carol Burnett, who found fame with a role in Rodgers' musical Once Upon a Mattress.

Burnett introduced the pair with a reference to Rogers' famous book Freaky Friday, saying, "I'm Carol Burnett and this is Julie Andrews. It's Freaky Monday," according to the New York Daily News.

Andrews went on to praise the late writer and her father for "helping two young pups find paths in the world".

Musical maestro Sondheim, a longtime pal of Rogers, took to the piano to play an original piece of music he wrote in honour of his late friend, while other speakers included Oscar winner Hunt and Broadway director/producer Harold Prince.