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Mary Poppins (1964)
 Who was considered for Mary Poppins?

Fred Astaire
Considered a candidate to play chimney sweep Bert.
Actor who got the part: Dick Van Dyke

Bette Davis
Walt Disney had Davis in mind first to play the vinegary, stern nanny.
Actor who got the part: Julie Andrews

Cary Grant
Briefly considered for the role of chimney sweep Bert.
Actor who got the part: Dick Van Dyke

Danny Kaye
Considered to play chimney sweep Bert.
Actor who got the part: Dick Van Dyke

Angela Lansbury
Considered to play the stern nanny who helps change the life of the Banks family.
Actor who got the part: Julie Andrews

Shirley MacLaine
According to her autobiography, Shirley MacLaine wanted to play the title role.
Actor who got the part: Julie Andrews

Mary Martin
Walt Disney seriously considered the legendary Broadway star to play stern nanny Mary Poppins.
Actor who got the part: Julie Andrews

Maureen O'Hara
The fiery star says she approached Disney years before the famous Julie Andrews-Dick Van Dyke movie about a film version in which she would have played the stern nanny.
Actor who got the part: Julie Andrews



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