Magazine article Variety

Remembering 'Mary Poppins,' Uncle Walt

Magazine article Variety

Remembering 'Mary Poppins,' Uncle Walt

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The actress, now 58, who played little Jane Banks shares her memories of that time By Karen Dotrice

It's long overdue that somebody bring Walt Disney to the screen. Tom Hanks playing him is a dream combination. They have the same eyes. And Emma Thompson gives the full range of emotions as P.L. TVavers. For me, watching her childhood onscreen and knowing my character Jane Banks - she definitely related to Jane. There are so many parallels P.L. Travers has pulled from her own life.

I don't know if I ever auditioned for Mary Poppins. I made a film for Disney called "The Three Lives of Thomasina," which Uncle Walt loved, so I think I might have just gotten the role. This was his baby. He was very enthusiastic and generous. For example, he flew me, my two sisters and my mom over from England. He got us a home up in the canyons with an indoor heated swimming pool and gave me the use of the private plane on the weekends so we could fly to his Santa Barbara ranch.

The first time I remember having lunch with Uncle Walt was at the commissary. One time, I was sitting next to his desk, I said to him, "Uncle Walt, I have an idea - why don't we move your desk closer to the door, because it's really far. …

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