Mary Poppins is a Disney musical film produced in 1964. The movie was awarded with a total of five Oscars. The story centers around the "Banks" family, led by the busy banker "George Banks" and his wife "Winifred", who is not busy at all with the family's household. Therefore "Winifred" is also committed otherwise and the children are shepherded by a nanny in the meantime. Since the last nanny had been absolutely overwhelmed with the two children "Jane" and "Michael" a new nanny is hired. "Mary Poppins" is the one who takes up the job, assuming command of the children henceforth.
"Mary Poppins" and the hedonistic "Bert" are good friends. Together, they show the children "Michael" and "Jane" what the real life looks like and how to respectfully deal with your fellow human beings.
Julie Andrews had the international breakthrough with her impressive portrayal of the world's most famous nanny "Mary Poppins". She's a highly successful actress and starred in countless movies – including The Princess Diaries or Tooth Fairy. Furthermore Andrews lent her voice to numerous productions like Shrek or Enchanted. Over the years, Julie Andrews received quite a few prizes, including three Golden Globes and also an Oscar for her Mary Poppins performance. In recent years, Julie Andrews established herself as a successful children's book writer as well.
Mary Poppins is one of the most popular musicals of the world. The film was a huge success mostly due to the musical performance. It was awarded with an Oscar for the "Best Original Song" and one for "Best Original Score" as well.
Dick van Dyke played the role of the chimney sweeper "Bert". Like many other actors, Dick started his acting-career on a theatre stage until he was featured in his first movie Bye Bye Birdie in 1963. Since then, Dick van Dyke has featured in countless films and series like Night at the Museum and Columbo. Van Dyke also became famous by the television series The Dick Van Dyke Show or Diagnosis: Murder...
Matthew Garber played the role of "Michael Banks" alongside his colleague Karen Dotrice, who played his sister "Jane" in Mary Poppins. Three years later, the dream team was reunited in the movie The Gnome-Mobile. Unfortunately, Matthew Garber died at the age of just 21 in 1977. The speculations about the reason for his early death lasted for many years. Then in 2005, Matthew Garber's brother revealed in an interview that Matthew had contracted hepatitis on a trip to India. That eventually caused his early passing...
Karen Dotrice played the role of the cute little "Jane Banks" and it should be her most famous role. She was discovered as a theatre actress at the age of just four. In 1984 she withdrew completely from the film business to take care of her three children.
The "Banks" family is a typical example for the upper middle class in England. Resulting from that "Michael" and "Jane" grow up in a sheltered environment. "Mary Poppins" wants to show the children that one needs to work hard to afford such a privileged way of life. Therefore, she convinces the family man "George Banks" to take his children to a trip to his work. However, this ends in utter chaos...
Yes, you are right! This picture is not a scene from Mary Poppins. It is from the movie Bedknob and Broomsticks in 1971. But have a look at the upper left corner: It's David Tomlinson, who played the role of "George Banks" in Mary Poppins.
David Tomlinson started his acting career at the theatre and conquered the movie industry five years later. During the second World War, he had to interrupt his career since he was drafted. After the war, he resumed his career as an actor and starred in Tom Jones or Bedknobs and Broomsticks. The actor died in 2000, at the age of 83.
Glynis Johns was absolutely brilliant at the classic movie Mary Poppins, playing "Winifred Banks". She was a gifted dancer, actress and singer as well. Her movie career started in 1938 — ten years later she achieved her big breakthrough with "Miranda". Disney chose her for the leading parts in the movies The Sword and the Rose and Rob Roy - The Highland Rogue. Nonetheless her most famous role is and will always be the one of "Winifred" in Mary Poppins.
After her great successes with the Disney films, there was lots more to come. She appeared in the musical The Court Jester and the movie The Sundowners, for which Glynis Johns even received an Oscar nomination. Defenitely one of the highlights in Johns' career. Glynis Johns was married four times, but all of her marriages ended in divorce. The actress is now 94 years old.
As the "Banks" family is looking for a new nanny, all candidates suddenly seem to be disappear - except for "Mary Poppins", who comes gliding down from the sky with an umbrella and eventually gets the job. It soon becomes obvious that "Mary Poppins" is not an ordinary nanny, since she has magical powers has her very own and special way of educating the children of the "Banks" family.
In 2004, Julie Andrews appeared in the Disney animated short The Cat That Looked At A King. The film is sort of a sequel to "Mary Poppins", since it is based on a scene from the book "Mary Poppins Opens The Door". The film takes place today and centers on two children, which are taken on a journey by a woman, played by Julie Andrews.
From 2004 until 2008, a Mary Poppins musical was staged at the Prince Edward Theatre in London. The musical was based on the film but also included scenes from the book mentioned above. It was also staged in other cities