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'Mary Poppins' star talks 50th anniversary and 'Saving Mr. Banks'

It may be hard to believe, but it has been nearly 50 years since Julie Andrews flew in to a house in London and taught us all the joys of a spoonful of sugar and the word supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. (Technically, it has been 49 and a half years since the original release, but Disney wanted to get a jump on celebrating.)

Disney is honoring the anniversary by releasing Mary Poppins from the Disney vault with a new digitally restored Blu-ray version. Their timing is practically perfect in every way; with the release of Saving Mr. Banks in a few weeks more people than ever might want to go back and watch the film. That was certainly the case for Karen Dotrice, who played Jane Banks in Mary Poppins. The retired actress explained to EW that seeing Mr. Banks brought up all kinds of feelings and memories of her time on set. Shockingly, Dotrice had never even seen Mary Poppins until a few weeks ago, jokingly referring to her role in the film as her “dirty, dark secret.” She also had no idea about any of the behind-the-scenes drama with Walt Disney that Mr. Banks depicts.

In anticipation of the anniversary, Dotrice spoke with EW about the film, her relationship with “Uncle Walt” Disney, and why she owes Julie Andrews a major favor. READ FULL STORY

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