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Encyclopedia > Mary Poppins (character)

Mary Poppins is a fictional character and the protagonist of Pamela Travers' Mary Poppins books and all of its adaptations. She is a magical nanny of unknown origins who arrives at the Banks home in Cherry Tree Lane where she is given charge of the Banks children and teaches them valuable lessons with a magical touch. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ...

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Description

Mary Poppins is a loving but stern nanny who uses magic and discipline to take care of the Banks children. She is usually identifiable by her sensible hat and parrot umbrella which she brings with her wherever she goes on outings. Although she is the central character of the story, not much is known about her motivations or background, which are not elaborated on in any of her incarnations.


Actresses who have portrayed Mary Poppins

Dame Julie Andrews, DBE (born October 1, 1935) is an Emmy, Grammy and Academy Award-winning English actress, singer, and author, who became famous for her starring roles in the Broadway musical My Fair Lady and the musical films Mary Poppins (1964) and The Sound of Music (1965). ... Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical film produced by Walt Disney Productions, based on the Mary Poppins series of childrens books written by P. L. Travers and illustrated by Mary Shepard. ... Kelly with husband Nick Winston Laura Michelle Kelly (born 1981) is an English actress and singer who achieved critical acclaim in the role of Mary Poppins in the musical of the same name. ... For the 1964 Academy Award winning motion picture, see Mary Poppins (film). ... Ashley Brown starring as Kristen in Disneys On the Record. ... For the 1964 Academy Award winning motion picture, see Mary Poppins (film). ... For the 1964 Academy Award winning motion picture, see Mary Poppins (film). ... For the 1964 Academy Award winning motion picture, see Mary Poppins (film). ... For the 1964 Academy Award winning motion picture, see Mary Poppins (film). ...

Book

Mary Poppins in P.L. Travers' books is strict and no-nonsense, asserting her unusual brand of discipline over the four Banks children that she is in charge of. ...


Movie

Mary Poppins in the Disney film, as portrayed by Julie Andrews, is also stern but is at the same time gentle and nurturing of the two Banks children she is in charge of. Mary also has a friendship with Bert (Dick Van Dyke), a jack-of-all-trades who is quite at home with Mary's brand of magic. Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical film produced by Walt Disney Productions, based on the Mary Poppins series of childrens books written by P. L. Travers and illustrated by Mary Shepard. ... Dame Julie Andrews, DBE (born October 1, 1935) is an Emmy, Grammy and Academy Award-winning English actress, singer, and author, who became famous for her starring roles in the Broadway musical My Fair Lady and the musical films Mary Poppins (1964) and The Sound of Music (1965). ... Richard Wayne Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925) is an American television and movie actor. ...


Songs Performed

  • A Spoonful of Sugar
  • Jolly Holiday
  • Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
  • Stay Awake
  • I Love to Laugh
  • Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)
  • Chim Chim Cher-ee

Magic Performed

  • Blows other potential nannies arriving at the Banks home away in a gust of wind.
  • Flies to the Banks home with an umbrella.
  • Pulls out the Banks children's ripped advertisment from her pocket.
  • Sits on the Banks staircase railing and slides upwards.
  • Pulls out a hatstand, potted plant and lamp from her carpetbag.
  • Cleans up the children's nursery by clicking her fingers.
  • Duets with her reflection.
  • Leads Bert, Jane Banks and Michael Banks to jump into a street painting.
  • Leads Bert, Jane Banks and Michael Banks on a walk above the London rooftops.
  • Flies away from the Banks home with her umbrella.

Stage Musical

Ashley Brown as Mary Poppins in the Broadway production.
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Ashley Brown as Mary Poppins in the Broadway production.

Mary Poppins in the both the West End and Broadway versions of the stage musical is more deliberately mysterious than the movie version. She is stricter with the children (who are also naughtier than their book and movie counterparts) but she only wants them to become the best that they can be. Mary in the stage version is also more aware of Bert's feelings towards her, but remains non-committal towards his affections. Ashley Brown starring as Kristen in Disneys On the Record. ...


Songs Performed

  • Practically Perfect
  • Jolly Holiday
  • A Spoonful of Sugar
  • Feed the Birds
  • Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
  • Chim Chim Cher-ee (Rooftop Duet)
  • Brimstone and Treacle Part 2
  • Practically Perfect (Reprise)
  • Step in Time
  • Anything Can Happen
  • A Spoonful of Sugar (Farewell Reprise)

Magic Performed

  • Mysteriously appears and pulls out the children's ripped advertisment from her pocket.
  • Pulls out a hat-stand, mirror, potted plant and lamp from her carpetbag.
  • Turns the lamp on with a click of her fingers.
  • Stretches a piece of cloth over air, which turns into a firm bed.
  • Causes a drab park to become colourful.
  • Brings the statues in a park to animated life.
  • Cleans up the Banks kitchen by clicking her fingers and gesturing.
  • Causes the toys in the Banks nursery to come to life.
  • Flies away from the Banks home with her umbrella.
  • Sends Ms. Andrew the nanny into a giant cage.
  • Slides upwards on the railing of the Banks staircase.
  • Goes up the chimney with the Banks children on to the rooftops.

 
 

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