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New Documentary Profiles Creator of "Mary Poppins"
Friday, January 24, 2014 - 8:00pm
Pamela Travers was the creator of the universally-loved fictional character, Mary Poppins. Yet the whimsical fantasies of the sugar and spice nanny bore no resemblance to her real life childhood. Her mother was suicidal and needy. Her father, an alcoholic, died when she was seven. Pamela’s imagination was her only refuge, a means of survival. After virtually raising her two younger sisters, she set about re-writing her life and the characters who populated it.
KUED airs The Shadow of Mary Poppins Friday, January 24 at 8:00 p.m. The documentary coincides with the new Tom Hanks film, Saving Mr. Banks, which details the incredible story of how Mary Poppins became one of the most beloved Disney films.
The documentary shows how reinvention became a theme for author P.L.Travers. She spent her life seeking various forms of spiritual enlightenment. After 20 years of negotiations, she signed a lucrative deal with Walt Disney which would turn out to be Disney’s highest grossing film to date. Although never professing to be happy with the film, she lived comfortably on its royalties. Always a contradictory person, Pamela Travers wrote ten other works of fiction and hundreds of poems, articles and essays, but it was her fiction of a happy childhood that cast the greatest shadow in her life.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 4:38pm