I adore Julie Andrews. And I love Mary Poppins. It’s a terrific movie to see with your kiddos! Wolfie loved it as a little guy (I will say he was a tad frightened by that early scene when all the “bad nannies” and their umbrellas get blown away by the wind….) but other than that, the music and visuals are so bright and cheery!
Look at these amazing Behind the Scenes photos. SO fun.
People love to say how awful Dick Van Dyke’s accent was in this film, but I actually think he’s so cute and charming as Burt. Call me crazy!
A little movie gossip for you! At the young age of 21, Julie Andrews appeared on Broadway in the role of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. She was a smashing success! When they decided to turn the show into a film, Rex Harrison (her Broadway co-star) was asked to reprise his role…..and Julie Andrews was not. The studio heads determined that they needed a big star to draw audiences, and Audrey Hepburn was famously cast as Eliza. Audrey was actually quite brilliant in the role, but she couldn’t sing and had to have her voice dubbed for all the songs. Many industry people were outraged. That same year, Julie Andrews made her big screen debut as Mary Poppins and as luck would have it, beat out Audrey Hepburn for Best Actress Oscar. Many theorize that the award was a special nod given to Julie to acknowledge the injustice of not being cast in My Fair Lady. Who knows the real truth! (It is a bit unusual for the star of a children’s movie to win Best Actress eh??) Either way, Julie Andrews would go on to great success—starring in one of my super all time favorite movies, The Sound of Music.
Have you seen Mary Poppins?? Don’t you love it?