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Karen Dotrice

Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber
in a publicity photo for Mary Poppins
Born 9 November 1955 (1955-11-09) (age 51)
Guernsey, Channel Islands

Karen Dotrice (born 9 November 1955) is a British actress known primarily for her role as the daughter in Walt Disney's feature film adaptation of the Mary Poppins book series. Dotrice (pronounced /dəˈtriːs/) was born in Guernsey (one of the Channel Islands) to two accomplished stage actors. Her career began on stage, expanded into film and television roles, and concluded with a short run as Desdemona in the 1981 pre-Broadway production of Othello. In 1984, Dotrice retired from show business to focus on motherhood; she has three children from two marriages. She was named a Disney Legend in 2004. Image File history File links Dotrice_Garber. ... Matthew Garber (25 March 1956 – 13 June 1977) was an English actor best known for his role as Michael Banks in Walt Disneys Mary Poppins. ... For the 2004 stage musical, see Mary Poppins (musical). ... is the 313th day of the year (314th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Guernsey. ... This article is about the British dependencies. ... is the 313th day of the year (314th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... Old logo from 1985-2006 Walt Disney Pictures refers to several different entities associated with The Walt Disney Company: Walt Disney Pictures, the film banner, was established as a designation in 1983, prior to which Disney films since the death of Walt Disney were released under the name of the... For the 2004 stage musical, see Mary Poppins (musical). ... This article is about the Mary Poppins series of childrens books. ... Articles with similar titles include the NATO phonetic alphabet, which has also informally been called the “International Phonetic Alphabet”. For information on how to read IPA transcriptions of English words, see IPA chart for English. ... This article is about the British dependencies. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Desdemona by Frederic Leighton Desdemona is a fictional character in the play Othello by William Shakespeare. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... For other uses, see Othello (disambiguation). ... The Disney Legends award Established in 1987, the Disney Legends program recognizes men and women who have made an extraordinary and integral contribution to The Walt Disney Company. ...

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Biography

Early life

Born into a theatre family, Dotrice is the daughter of Roy and Kay Dotrice, two Shakespearean actors who met and married while performing in repertory theatre productions in England.[1] Though born in the Channel Islands, Karen Dotrice has lived in England since she was a child. She has two sisters, Michele and Yvette, both of whom are actresses. Her godfather was actor Charles Laughton, who was married to Elsa Lanchester, one of the co-stars of Mary Poppins. Roy Dotrice (born May 26, 1925) is a British actor. ... Katherine Kay Newman Dotrice (1929 - August 2, 2007) was an English repertory actress known for her stage roles in productions of the works of William Shakespeare. ... Sir John Gilberts 1849 painting: The Plays of William Shakespeare, containing scenes and characters from several of William Shakespeares plays. ... Repertory or rep, called stock in the U.S., is a term from Western theatre. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Michele Dotrice (b. ... Yvette Dotrice is an English actress known for her role as Wendy Crisp during the 25-year run of the television soap opera Crossroads. ... Charles Laughton (1 July 1899 – 15 December 1962) was an English stage and film actor. ... Lanchester in Naughty Marietta Elsa Lanchester (October 28, 1902 - December 26, 1986 in Woodland Hills, California) was an Oscar-nominated English character actress who became a naturalized American citizen in 1950 along with her husband, actor Charles Laughton. ...


Dotrice was a toddler when her father joined the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre (later the Royal Shakespeare Company) in 1957. By age four, she was ready to perform, making her début in an RSC production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertold Brecht. There, a Disney scout saw Dotrice and brought her to Burbank, California, United States, to meet Walt Disney.[2] Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is a British theatre company. ... The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Der kaukasische Kreidekreis) is one of Bertolt Brechts most important plays and one of the most regularly performed German plays. ... Bertolt Brecht (February 10, 1898 - August 14, 1956) was an influential German dramatist, stage director, and poet of the 20th century. ... “Disney” redirects here. ... Founded May 1, 1887 Incorporated July 8, 1911 General Information County Los Angeles County, California Latitude Longitude 34°1049 N 118°1942 W Area  - Total  - Water 45 km² (17. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ...


Film

At age eight, Dotrice was hired in 1964 to appear in The Three Lives of Thomasina as a girl whose relationship with her father is mended by the magical reappearance of her cat. While Dotrice was in California, her father stayed in England—where he was portraying King Lear—and Walt Disney personally took care of her family, often hosting them in his Palm Springs home. Dotrice took quickly to Disney as a father figure, calling him "Uncle Walt". She said the admiration was mutual: "I think he really liked English kids. He was tickled pink by the accent and the etiquette. And when I was being very English and polite, he would look proudly at this little charge who had such good manners." The Three Lives of Thomasina is a 1964 film by Walt Disney Pictures. ... King Lear and the Fool in the Storm by William Dyce (1806-1864) King Lear is a play by William Shakespeare, considered one of his greatest tragedies, based on the legend of King Lear of Britain. ... Palm Springs is a famed Riverside County, California, USA, desert resort city, approximately 110 miles (177 km) east of Los Angeles and 140 miles (225 km) northeast of San Diego. ...

Michael and Jane watch the arrival of their new nanny, Mary Poppins
Michael and Jane watch the arrival of their new nanny, Mary Poppins

Film historian Leonard Maltin said Dotrice "won over everyone" with her performance in The Three Lives of Thomasina,[2] and she was signed to play Jane Banks (along with Thomasina co-star Matthew Garber as her brother, Michael) in Mary Poppins. Disney's part-live-action, part-animation musical adaptation of the Poppins children's books by P. L. Travers starred David Tomlinson as a workaholic father and Glynis Johns as a suffragette mother who are too busy to spend any time with their children. Instead, they hire a nanny (Julie Andrews) who takes Jane and Michael on magical adventures designed to teach them—and their parents—about the importance of family. Poppins was Disney's biggest commercial success at the time[3] and won five Academy Awards, making its stars world-famous. Dotrice and Garber were praised for their natural screen presence; critic Bosley Crowther wrote, "the kids ... are just as they should be,"[4] while author Brian Sibley said, "these charming, delightful young people provided a wonderful centre for the film."[5] Image File history File links Poppins_Kids. ... Image File history File links Poppins_Kids. ... Motion pictures developed gradually from a carnival novelty to one of the most important tools of communication and entertainment, and mass media in the 20th century. ... Leonard Maltin (born December 18, 1950 in New York City) is a widely known and respected American film critic. ... Matthew Garber (25 March 1956 – 13 June 1977) was an English actor best known for his role as Michael Banks in Walt Disneys Mary Poppins. ... In film and video, live action refers to works that are acted out by flesh-and-blood actors, as opposed to animation. ... The bouncing ball animation (below) consists of these 6 frames. ... Pamela Lyndon Travers (9 August 1899 - 23 April 1996) was born Helen Lyndon Goff in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia, was the author of Mary Poppins and a student of G. I. Gurdjieff. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A workaholic is a person addicted to work. ... Glynis Johns (born 5 October 1923) is a Tony Award-winning British stage and film actress, dancer, pianist and singer (notably of Send in the Clowns in Stephen Sondheims A Little Night Music). ... Suffragette with banner, Washington DC, 1918 The title of suffragette (also occasionally spelled suffraget) was given to members of the womens suffrage movement, originally in the United Kingdom. ... Dame Julie Elizabeth Andrews, DBE (born Julia Elizabeth Wells[1] on 1 October 1935[2]) is an award-winning English actress, singer, author and cultural icon. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... For other uses, see Celebrity (disambiguation). ... Film criticism is the analysis and evaluation of films, individually and collectively. ... Bosley Crowther (July 13, 1905 – March 7, 1981) was an American film critic. ... Brian Sibley is a British writer. ...


Dotrice and Garber paired up again in The Gnome-Mobile (1967) as the grandchildren of a rich lumber mogul who stumble across a gnome forest and help keep the gnomes from dying off. Starring Walter Brennan in a dual role, The Gnome-Mobile failed to perform on a par with Poppins at the box office,[6] and Dotrice did not make another film appearance as a child. The Gnome-Mobile is a 1967 Disney musical film. ... Walter Brennan (July 25, 1894 – September 21, 1974) was a three time Academy Award winning American actor. ...


After The Gnome-Mobile, "the kids" no longer kept in contact with each other. In an interview for the 40th Anniversary Edition DVD release of Mary Poppins, Dotrice recalled how she learned of Garber's death (in 1977): "I remember his mum, Margot, calling ... to let us know that Matthew had died. That was— so unexpected. ... I wished I had picked up the phone over the years, I wished I had treated him more like a brother; but he's indelibly printed in all of our minds, he's eternal ... an amazing little soul."


Dotrice later appeared as Alex Mackenzie in The Thirty-Nine Steps (1978) with Robert Powell and John Mills. The third film based on the John Buchan novel, this was her only feature film as an adult. According to All Movie Guide, Dotrice played "an imperiled heroine [who] was an invention of the Hitchcock version; the Buchan story is essentially 'boys only'."[7] The Thirty-Nine Steps is a 1978 thriller directed by Don Sharp, starring Robert Powell as Richard Hannay, based on the novel The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan. ... Robert Powell (born June 1, 1944), is a well-known English television and film actor, known for the title role in Jesus of Nazareth and as the fictional secret agent Richard Hannay. ... John Mills as Professor Bernard Quatermass in the Thames Television science-fiction serial Quatermass (1979). ... John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir (August 26, 1875 - February 11, 1940), was a Scottish novelist and politician who served as Governor General of Canada. ... The Thirty-nine Steps is an adventure novel by the Scottish author John Buchan, first published in 1915 by William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh. ... The 39 Steps is a 1935 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, based on the adventure novel The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan. ...


Television

Dotrice appeared as Desirée Clary in the Thames Television miniseries Napoleon and Love. The nine-hour, dramatised account of the many loves of Napoleon I of France starred Ian Holm and Tim Curry. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A miniseries (sometimes mini-series), in a serial storytelling medium, is a production which tells a story in a limited number of episodes. ... Napoléon I, Emperor of the French (born Napoleone di Buonaparte, changed his name to Napoléon Bonaparte)[1] (15 August 1769; Ajaccio, Corsica – 5 May 1821; Saint Helena) was a general during the French Revolution, the ruler of France as First Consul (Premier Consul) of the French Republic from... Sir Ian Holm Sir Ian Holm CBE (born 12 September 1931), born as Ian Holm Cuthbert, is an English actor. ... Timothy James Curry (born April 19, 1946) is an English actor, singer and composer, perhaps best known for his role as mad scientist Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). ...

Dotrice as Lily inUpstairs, Downstairs
Dotrice as Lily in
Upstairs, Downstairs

In 1975, she played housemaid Lily Hawkins in six episodes of Upstairs, Downstairs during its fifth and final season. The series—a narrative of the upper-class Bellamy family and their servants in the early twentieth century—was one of the most popular programmes produced by London Weekend Television for ITV. It also proved popular when shown in the United States on Masterpiece Theatre, and was "beloved throughout much of the world."[8] Image File history File links UD_5_Lily. ... Image File history File links UD_5_Lily. ... This is a list of characters from the ITV drama Upstairs, Downstairs, that aired from 1970 to 1975. ... Upstairs, Downstairs was a BAFTA and Emmy award-winning British drama set in a large townhouse in Edwardian London that depicted the lives of the servants downstairs and their masters upstairs. It ran on ITV for five series from 1971 to 1975. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting... Masterpiece Theatre is a long-running anthology television series produced by WGBH which premiered on PBS on January 10, 1971. ...


Dotrice took on the role of Maria Beadnell in the miniseries Dickens of London (1976), starring her father as Charles Dickens. In 1977, she appeared with Ann-Margret in Joseph Andrews, a German telefilm based on the Henry Fielding novel. “Dickens” redirects here. ... Ann-Margret Ann-Margret (born April 28, 1941) is a Swedish-born actress and singer. ... “Telefilm” redirects here. ... Henry Fielding (April 22, 1707 – October 8, 1754) was an English novelist and dramatist known for his rich earthy humor and satirical prowess and as the author of the novel Tom Jones. ... Joseph Andrews is a novel by Henry Fielding, first published in 1742. ...


In 1978, Dotrice made her final screen appearance, playing Jenny in the BBC2 Play of the Week, She Fell Among Thieves. Starring Malcolm McDowell and Eileen Atkins, Thieves made its U.S. début on 5 February 1980—the first film screened as part of the PBS Mystery! series.[9] This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Malcolm McDowell (born June 13, 1943) is an English actor probably best known for his portrayal of Alex in A Clockwork Orange. ... Dame Eileen June Atkins, DBE (born June 16, 1934 in London, England) is a British writer and an award-winning film and theatre actress. ... is the 36th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... “PBS” redirects here. ... Mystery! (also written MYSTERY!) is a long-running television series in the USA, which airs on PBS and is produced by WGBH. The show has brought a large number of detective series and television movies - most of them British productions from the BBC or various ITV companies - to air on...


Later life

In 1981, Dotrice took the role of Desdemona in the Warner Theatre production of Othello opposite James Earl Jones and Christopher Plummer. Reviewers were less than kind; calling her "the only serious let-down" in the cast, David Richards of The Washington Post wrote, "Dotrice is not Desdemona. She is a Desdemona doll, reciting her lines in a thin, reedy voice and moving through the tragedy with a rare somnolence." Dianne Wiest took the role in the 1982 Broadway production and received similar reviews.[10] The Warner Theatre is a theatre in downtown Washington, D.C. Originally named the Earle Theatre, it was built in 1924 for vaudeville and silent movies and renamed in 1947 in honor of its owner, Harry Warner. ... For other uses, see Othello (disambiguation). ... James Earl Jones (b. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Washington Post is the largest newspaper in Washington, D.C.. It is also one of the citys oldest papers, having been founded in 1877. ... Dianne Wiest (born March 28, 1948) is two-time Academy Award-winning, Golden Globe Award-winning, Emmy Award-winning and Bafta Award-nominated American actress in stage, television, and film, and has received several awards in her career. ...

The adult Dotrice makes a rare public appearance, in the featurette Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: The Making of Mary Poppins

Dotrice virtually disappeared from public life following her retirement. She was married to English actor Alex Hyde-White from 1986 to 1992; they have a son, Garrick. In 1994, Dotrice married then-Universal Studios executive Edwin "Ned" Nalle and later gave birth to two children, Isabella and Griffin. Image File history File links Karen_Dotrice. ... Image File history File links Karen_Dotrice. ... Alex Hyde-White (born January 30, 1959) is an English actor. ... This article is about the American media conglomerate. ...


She provided spoken-word adaptations of Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Pocahontas; in 2001, she lent her voice to a sing-along release of Mary Poppins and was interviewed for the ABC television special, Walt: The Man Behind the Myth; she was, however, done with acting. "I'll never go back," she told Hello! magazine in 1995, "because you don't have to put on any make-up."[11] The Little Mermaid is a 1989 animated feature film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and first released on November 15, 1989 by Walt Disney Pictures. ... For other uses, see Beauty and the Beast (disambiguation). ... Pocahontas is the thirty-third animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Hello! is a weekly magazine specialising in celebrity news and gossip, published in Britain. ...


Dotrice was coaxed back into the spotlight twice in 2004: She was named a Disney Legend at a ceremony in Burbank (at which Matthew Garber was honoured posthumously),[12] and she was interviewed and provided audio commentary for the 40th Anniversary Edition Mary Poppins DVD release. A posthumous recognition is a ceremonial award given after the recipient has passed away. ...


Filmography

Feature films

Year Film Role
1964 The Three Lives of Thomasina Mary McDhui
Mary Poppins Jane Banks
1967 The Gnome-Mobile Elizabeth Winthrop
1978 The Thirty-Nine Steps Alex Mackenzie

The Three Lives of Thomasina is a 1964 film by Walt Disney Pictures. ... For the 2004 stage musical, see Mary Poppins (musical). ... The Gnome-Mobile is a 1967 Disney musical film. ... The Thirty-Nine Steps is a 1978 thriller directed by Don Sharp, starring Robert Powell as Richard Hannay, based on the novel The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan. ...

Television

Year Programme Role
1972 Napoleon and Love Desirée Clary
1975 Upstairs, Downstairs Lily Hawkins
1976 Dickens of London Maria Beadnell
1977 Joseph Andrews Pamela
1978 She Fell Among Thieves Jenny

Upstairs, Downstairs was a BAFTA and Emmy award-winning British drama set in a large townhouse in Edwardian London that depicted the lives of the servants downstairs and their masters upstairs. It ran on ITV for five series from 1971 to 1975. ...

See also

Matthew Garber (25 March 1956 – 13 June 1977) was an English actor best known for his role as Michael Banks in Walt Disneys Mary Poppins. ...

References

  1. ^ roydotrice.com. Roy Dotrice - Biography. Retrieved on 23 January 2006.
  2. ^ a b legends.disney.go.com. Disney Legends - Karen Dotrice. Retrieved on 31 December 2004.
  3. ^ the-numbers.com. The Numbers: Mary Poppins Box Office Data. Retrieved on 15 January 2006.
  4. ^ nytimes.com. New York Times: Mary Poppins Review, 25 September 1964. Retrieved on 23 January 2006.
  5. ^ Stevenson, Robert (Director). (2004) Walt Disney's Mary Poppins 40th Anniversary Edition [DVD rerelease]. USA: Walt Disney Pictures.
  6. ^ boxofficereport.com. Box Office Report: The Gnome-Mobile (1967). Retrieved on 23 January 2006.
  7. ^ nytimes.com. All Movie Guide - The Thirty-Nine Steps (1978). Retrieved on 23 January 2006.
  8. ^ museum.tv. Museum of Broadcast Communications - Upstairs, Downstairs (1975). Retrieved on 23 January 2006.
  9. ^ pbs.org. About MYSTERY!. Retrieved on 23 January 2006.
  10. ^ christopher-plummer.com.  Othello (Broadway 1982). Retrieved on 23 January 2006.
  11. ^ Russell, Sue (1995). Karen Dotrice and Husband Ned Nalle Announce they're Expecting their Second Child. Hello! Magazine (pg. 66). 
  12. ^ mickeynews.com. The Walt Disney Company Names 2004 Disney Legends. Retrieved on 17 September 2004.

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NAME Dotrice, Karen
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION English actor
DATE OF BIRTH 9 November 1955
PLACE OF BIRTH Guernsey, Channel Islands
DATE OF DEATH living
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Karen Dotrice (born 9 November 1955) is an English actress known primarily for her role as a child in Walt Disney's feature film adaptation of the Mary Poppins book series.
Dotrice was a toddler when her father joined the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre (later the Royal Shakespeare Company) in 1957.
At age eight, Dotrice was hired in 1964 to appear in The Three Lives of Thomasina as a girl whose relationship with her father is mended by the magical reappearance of her cat.
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