Friday, August 9, 2013
Happy birthday, the real Mary Poppins
It is the birthday of writer Pamela Lyndon Travers (1899), who created the magical English nanny Mary Poppins, and wrote seven sequels after the initial success of her first novel Mary Poppins (1934). While working in the British Ministry of Information in New York during World War II, Roy Disney contacted her about adapting the story for a Disney film. She was not pleased with the results, especially the animation, and never allowed another Disney production. In the 1990s, she agreed to a British stage version as long as no Americans were involved. She died in 1996 at the age of 96. Here is a fascinating British television program about Pamela Travers.