In 1964, Walt Disney's iconic musical fantasy movie Mary Poppins opened in theatres. Based on the beloved series of British children’s books by P. L. Travers, the film starred Julie Andrews as the nanny Mary Poppins and Dick Van Dyke as Burt, the chimney sweep.
Walt Disney's daughters fell in love with the Mary Poppins books and made him promise to make a film based on them.
Composer Richard Sherman first spotted Julie Andrews performing a song from Camelot on The Ed Sullivan Show and encouraged Walt Disney to go to New York and check her out. As soon as Walt Disney saw Julie Andrews perform on Broadway, he wanted her for the role of Mary Poppins.
It’s hard to imagine, but Julie Andrews almost turned down playing Mary Poppins. Having originated the role of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady on Broadway, she had hoped to be offered the role in the movie version, which was filming at the same time as Mary Poppins. However, the producers passed her over because they didn’t think she was a big enough star and cast Audrey Hepburn.
Mary Poppins was nominated for 13 Academy Awards, of which they won five, including Best Song and Best Actress. This was a tremendous achievement for Walt Disney. Although at that point he already held the record for most Academy Awards in history, they were all for his short films. Mary Poppins was the first and only feature-length film to garner him a Best Picture nomination.
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