It's been almost 50 years since the Disney film Mary Poppins premiered, and Disney is getting a jump on the anniversary with Saving Mr. Banks, a film about Disney acquiring the rights to the book, coming out next week. That's not the only interesting story about the movie. Whether you were around when Mary Poppins was new, or you grew up with the home video version, you'll enjoy this list of trivial tidbits about the production. For example:
6. Julie Andrews agreed to make the film after she was rejected for the role of Eliza Doolittle in the film version of My Fair Lady.
Andrews’ had originated the role of Doolittle — to much critical acclaim — playing her on both Broadway and London’s West End.
Julie Andrews was considered a shoo-in for the film, but then-Warner Bros. President Jack Warner decided she was too much of an unknown to carry the film and cast Audrey Hepburn instead.
A year later, Andrews won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Mary Poppins, beating Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle. Take that, Warner Bros! Read the rest at Buzzfeed.