September 25, 2014

Sketch Dailies: Mary Poppins Casting

A few days late for this Sketch Dailies topic, but I've had this in the back of my mind for a while now.  When I learned that there were other actresses considered for the role of Mary Poppins before practically-perfect-in-every-way Julie Andrews, I wondered what they might have been like.  I think Mary Martin in the late fifties/early sixties would relish another flying role, and wouldn't even have to pretend to be a little boy!  Angela Lansbury at that time could still be a bit of a glamorpuss and would be really beautiful in that setting.  Bette Davis made a super-creepy movie called "The Nanny" and thus would make a great Scary Mary.  Of course, "Mary Poppins" is one of my all-time favorite movies and I wouldn't change a frame of it, but its still fun to speculate.

2 comments:

Erik Johnson Illustrator said...

An outstanding addition to the "What it could have been" imagination pool.

I'm very curious what Angela Lansbury would have been like.

Joanna Davidovich said...

I actually think she would have been a lot like her character in "Bedknobs and Broomsticks"- kind of conservative and nebbish. But she was so gorgeous in the fifties its fun to imagine her as a super-glamorous Poppins.