Last week’s adaptation of “The Sound of Music” on NBC brought in record ratings for the network, with a reported audience of more than 18 million. But Julie Andrews was not one of them.
The actress, who starred in the lead role of Maria in the 1965 Oscar-winning film version of the Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical, admitted to USA Today that she was busy the night that the live production starring country singer Carrie Underwood aired.
“Alas, I did not [see it]. I had a speaking engagement and I couldn't. But my kids did record it. I'll get around to it,” she told the paper.
One thing Andrews did see? “Saving Mr. Banks,” the new movie depicting the battle between “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers and Walt Disney to adapt her children’s tale for the big screen. Andrews played Poppins just a year before taking on “Sound of Music’s” Maria.
Andrews’ costar from the 1964 classic, Dick Van Dyke, was also on hand to celebrate the movie’s premiere. And he remembers how critical Travers was of the film, even sharing a tidbit not included in the movie’s final cut.
In response to Travers tirade over his casting in the film, Van Dyke shared, “Well, she wasn't thrilled with Julie, either. She wanted a dumpy little Mary Poppins. She didn't want a pretty girl. So, she didn't like either one of us."
"She was a tough lady," Andrews said of the author, who passed away in 1996 at the age of 96. "But there was a kind of sadness underneath all that toughness, too."
Well one thing's for sure. Memory of Travers' critiques will hopefully prevent Andrews from being too tough on Underwood when she gets around to watching the latest adaptation.