Ahead of 'Mary Poppins Returns,' Where Are the Original Cast Members of the 1964 Film?
The new movie will feature Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw.
Mary Poppins is about to make a new, magical appearance on the big screen in the upcoming "Mary Poppins Returns."
The sequel, set to be released this coming December, will feature Emily Mortimer as the grown-up Jane Banks, Ben Whishaw as an older Michael Banks and Emily Blunt as the titular mystical nanny.
Poppins' trusty sidekick, Jack, will be played by musical theater icon Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Now, more than 50 years after the release of the 1964 original, where is the lovable nanny and the rest of the original cast today?
Dame Julie Andrews, who played Mary Poppins, went on to star as Maria the following year in “The Sound of Music.” She then continued her musical career in films like “Thoroughly Modern Millie” in 1967 and “Victor/Victoria” in 1982.
Andrews lost out on becoming an EGOT winner when she turned down a Tony Award for her role in "Victor/Victoria," instead asking for the committee to recognize the talents of her co-stars.
Her musical career ended in 1997, after a botched vocal surgery left her unable to sing.
But the leading lady did not give up acting, taking starring roles in “The Princess Diaries" and its sequel, as well as voice work in animated movies like “Despicable Me” and “Shrek.”
Andrews’ co-star, Dick Van Dyke, who played her cockney sidekick, Bert, was already a star as Rob Petrie on "The Dick Van Dyke" show opposite Mary Tyler Moore, which ran from 1961 to 1966.
He fronted "The New Dick Van Dyke Show" in the 70s and went on to star in the show’s third reboot in the 80s.
From 1993 to 2001, Van Dyke starred in the medical comedy series “Diagnosis: Murder,” and made other television appearances, most recently in “The Middle,” alongside his late brother Jerry.
Now 92, Van Dyke will appear in "Mary Poppins Returns" as Mr. Dawes Jr.
Matthew Garber, who played young Michael Banks in "Mary Poppins," starred in two other Disney films alongside Karen Dotrice, who starred in the movie as his sister Jane.
Garber died at 21 in 1977 from pancreatitis.
Dotrice stayed largely out of the spotlight after the movie, and is now married with children.
She continues to support the movie, celebrating the 40th anniversary event in 2004 and attending the premier of “Saving Mr. Banks,” a 2013 film about the making of "Mary Poppins," which starred Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson.
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