Julie Andrews Almost Died Filming Mary Poppins

Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews

Mary Poppins may have been an iconic film that stood the test of time. However, the film and Julie Andrews have a secret that fans may not know about.

More than five decades after its release, lead star Andrews shares a terrifying experience behind the scenes of the 1964 film. Fox News reports that the actress detailed her near-death encounter from an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

The actress told the host about how one of the stunts left her in pain. When she felt something off about the wire, Andrews asked the crew to let her down gently. She detailed the horrifying experience as follows:

“There was a very dangerous day right at the end of filming when I was in this excruciatingly painful harness. And I was hanging around up there for the longest time with the umbrella. I thought I felt the wire leave and drop about six inches… I plummeted to the stage.”

Although the actress eventually landed safely later on, the experience left her feeling awful. Andrews even admitted that she let out “a few Anglo-Saxon four-letter words” after the incident.

Nevertheless, it seems the dangerous circumstances were all worth it in the end. The actress won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film. Other accolades Mary Poppins received include Academy Awards for Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Original Song and Best Score.

At present, a sequel to the film is in development. Titled Mary Poppins Returns, the project follows 25 years after the original one.

Emily Blunt takes on the role of Mary Poppins while Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer play grown up Michael and Jane Banks, respectively. The sequel also stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Julie Walters, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury.

Julie Andrews New Series on Netflix

While Julie Andrews won’t make an appearance in Mary Poppins Returns, she has another project up her sleeve. The actress will star in the upcoming Netflix series Julie’s Greenroom.

Vulture describes the upcoming series as, “an educational program aimed at preschoolers to teach them all about ‘the magic of the performing arts.'” Andrews will employ the help of her assistant Gus as well as a bunch of ‘Greenies’ puppets. Not only that, personalities like Alec Baldwin, Idina Menzel and Josh Groban will also grace the show as guest stars.

Check out the trailer for the actress’ new show below. Julie’s Greenroom drops on March 17 in Netflix.

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Video Source: YouTube/Netflix US & Canada

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