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.


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.