Who else here spent their childhoods singing ‘A Spoon Full of Sugar’ every time they had to do chores? I just wish Mary Poppins would come along and sing me a song that would get all of my housework done now that I’m an adult! Until some magic person can make that happen, we’ll all just have to make do with singing along as we do our chores, but had you realised that these songs are 52 years old? Yep, it’s been 52 years since Mary Poppins was released and that makes me feel freakin’ ancient!
For those of us who need a little refresher in their old age (How can it be 52 years old?!) Mary Poppins was the magical nanny to the two adorable Banks children, Jane and Michael. The movie saw them making every day life into an adventure that sent our little hearts soaring. But what happened to the child actors who played the precocious little Banks kids? Well, we’ve found out what happened to actress Karen Dotrice, who brought sweet Jane Banks to life.
Following Mary Poppins, Karen Dotrice went on to star in The Thirty Nine Steps in 1978. In the 1980’s she decided to take a step back from the limelight and step into the role of mother. She has three children, two sons and a daughter, but nobody has confirmed whether their family also included a flying nanny! Ready to see what Karen Dotrice looks like now? Well check it out!
Yes, that’s Karen Dotrice and Julie Andrews reunited at the 50th anniversary celebration for Mary Poppins. I can’t get over how happy they look! It just goes to show that that Mary Poppins magic never dies and Karen has been sharing some of that magic with the world. Here she is with a young fan who looks super excited to see her!
And here’s another picture with a slightly older fan, but let’s be honest, if we met Karen Dotrice we’d all be feeling a little child-like too! It would take all the self control I had not to look in her purse for a lamp and a magic tape measure!
Karen Dotrice isn’t exactly a stranger to Julie Andrews nowadays though. She often sees Andrews and co-star Dick Van Dyke as she goes about her daily business. “I see them frequently since we all live in the same area in Brentwood. I see them over the frozen peas quite often in the grocery,” Dotrice said. “I’m also friends with Richard Sherman, who composed most of the music in Mary Poppins. He will come to our house often and plays “A Small World” (Richard composed it) on the piano just to annoy me! It’s a nightmare because then you sing it for the next two weeks!” Am I the only one who thinks it’s really sweet that they’ve kept in touch? Because that’s adorable!
What’s your favourite moment in Mary Poppins? Do you know all of the songs by heart? Tell us all about it in the comments and don’t forget to share with your family and friends! They’ll have this read before you can say ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’!