This Day in Pop Culture for August 26

Mary Poppins

1964: ‘Mary Poppins’ Premieres

It was this day in 1964 that Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke attended the premiere of the classic musical, Mary Poppins along with Walt Disney and P. L. Travers, the author of the book of the same name. Music was composed by the Sherman Brothers who went on to compose many more songs for the Disney Company. The film was unique in that if featured an animated/live action sequence with cartoon penguins dancing with Van Dyke. It was nominated for 13 Academy Awards and won five for Best Actress for Andrews, Best Film Editing, Original Music Score, Best Visual Effects, and Best Original Song for “Chim Chim Cher-ee.”  In 2013, the film Saving Mr. Banks, telling the story behind of the story of the making of the film, arrived in theaters with Emma Thompson playing the role of Travers and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. In 2018, Emily Blunt filled in for Andrews playing Poppins in the long awaited sequel, Mary Poppins Returns in which Van Dyke made a cameo appearance. Andrews however did not stating that she felt that this was Blunt’s movie and Andrews didn’t want to take anything away from her. (Image: Walt Disney Pictures)


  • 1940: Don LaFontaine (voice actor)
  • 1980: Macaulay Culkin (actor)
  • 1980: Chris Pine (actor)
  • 1982: John Mulaney (comedian)

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