Thursday, 22 May 2014

Dame Julie Andrews says Walt Disney was magical, sparkly and twinkly-eyed

This Morning's Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby were very excited to welcome Dame Julie and even had the china tea set out to pour the 78-year-old a cuppa.

Dame Julie said: "What a thoughtful thing to do! Oh, I need more milk than that Phillip. Now, that is perfect."

To which Holly exclaimed: "Practically perfect in every way!"

Dame Julie then spoke about the movie Saving Mr Banks which tells the story of how Walt Disney (played by Tom Hanks) spent 20 years trying to obtain the rights to the book Mary Poppins from it's author P.L. Travers, played by Emma Thompson.

"Emma just got her to a T and Tom was amazingly like Disney too," Dame Julie said. "Pamela [Travers] called me for the first time the day after I'd given birth to my daughter Emma, still rather groggy and in bed in the maternity ward.

"She said: 'I understand you're doing the role of Mary Poppins' and I said: 'I hope to.'

"Then she said: 'Well, you're far too pretty for it but you've got the right nose for it.'

"I don't think she was that thrilled with the movie in any way, what were those Americans going to do to her beloved book. And now, being an author, I get now how she felt."

Dame Julie then revealed what it was like working with Walt Disney.

She said: "He was magical as you would imagine he would be. He was sparkly and twinkly-eyed and he had a huge flair for spotting talent, all over the place."

Dame Julie also tells the story of when one of her nine grandchildren realised that she was, in act, Mary Poppins herself.

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