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December 19, 2005 | Joel Engel, JOEL ENGEL is an author and journalist in Southern California.
IF THERE'S ever a Museum of Chutzpah, this recent classified ad in a community newspaper will be the featured exhibit: "NANNY -- FULL-TIME -- MONDAY-FRIDAY: Professional couple seeks responsible, happy, engaging nanny for 3-month-old infant. 7:30 AM-6 PM M-F; $300-350/week; breakfast, lunch provided. Would consider splitting into 2 positions (morning, afternoon). Interact/play with baby, daily stroller rides, no TV; housekeeping as time allows (during baby's naps). Web cams present.
November 11, 2005 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
"Mary Poppins," the musical that won rave reviews from British critics when it opened in 2004 in London, is coming to Broadway. The production, a joint venture between the Walt Disney Co. and British producer Cameron Mackintosh ("Cats," "Les Miserables," "Phantom of the Opera"), will open on Nov. 16, 2006, at the New Amsterdam Theatre. To make room for the show, Disney's "The Lion King" will move in June from the New Amsterdam, its home since 1997, to the nearby Minskoff Theatre.
January 17, 2005 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
If every unhappy family is unhappy in its own special way, the combined example of ABC's "Supernanny," which premieres tonight, and Fox's "Nanny 911" (on break but with new episodes coming) suggest that all unhappy families dominated by small, screaming children are remarkably similar. In each of these behavioral-makeover shows, an experienced child-care professional comes into a domestic madhouse to set things right.
December 20, 2004 | Rachel Abramowitz and Kim Masters, Special to The Times
In the new film "Spanglish," which opened Friday, Tea Leoni plays a monster: a blond, powerfully aerobicized, utterly fat-free Westside mommy named Deborah Clasky. She shames her overweight daughter, betrays her husband and is so self-involved that her own mother tells her that "your low self-esteem is just good common sense." And then there's Flor, perhaps the loveliest, most soulful nurturer ever to grace Bel-Air.
December 19, 2004 | Susan King
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella Image, $20 Mary Poppins -- 40th Anniversary Edition Disney, $30 You could call these crown Julies. The 1957 live CBS musical and the 1964 Walt Disney musical classic were two of Julie Andrews' watershed projects early in her career. "Cinderella" was the only original musical Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II wrote for television, and more than 100 million people watched Andrews and her costars perform it live on March 31, 1957.
January 29, 2004 | From Associated Press
London has found its "Mary Poppins," but first she'll appear on Broadway in the upcoming revival of "Fiddler on the Roof." Laura Michelle Kelly will star as everyone's favorite umbrella-carrying nanny when a stage version of the P.L. Travers book and the Disney-Julie Andrews movie opens Dec. 15 at the Prince Edward Theatre in London. Rehearsals begin in July.
October 3, 2000
Mary Shepard, 90, who illustrated the Mary Poppins books for half a century, providing the whimsical nanny's style that was adopted for Julie Andrews in the 1964 motion picture. Mary Eleanor Jessie Shepard was born on Christmas Day in 1909, two years after her far more famous father, E.H. Shepard, had sold his first cartoon to the humor magazine Punch. In 1937, Mary married the editor of Punch, E.V. Knox. By then she had already launched her own modest career in collaboration with P.L.
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! The 1964 Walt Disney classic "Mary Poppins" comes back to the big screen in a whole new way, beginning tonight at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. For this special monthlong engagement, a restored 35-millimeter Dolby Stereo print of the family musical has been customized with on-screen lyrics of the Robert and Richard Sherman songs--including the Oscar-winning "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "A Spoonful of Sugar" and "Feed the Birds"--so that audiences can sing along.
June 25, 2000
David Tomlinson, 83, the British actor most famous for his role as George Banks, the father of the two children in the 1964 musical film "Mary Poppins." Tomlinson, who appeared in more than 50 movies before his retirement in the early 1980s, followed his success in "Mary Poppins" with appearances in "The Love Bug" in 1969 and "Bedknobs and Broomsticks," opposite Angela Lansbury, in 1971.
Churchill Downs has had an umbrella giveaway day several times, but unsuspecting fans bringing umbrellas to the track on any Kentucky Derby day will be in for an unpleasant surprise. For yet another year, at the Derby this Saturday and on Kentucky Oaks day Friday, security people at Churchill Downs will be instructed to confiscate all umbrellas at the entry gates. On rainy and threatening days at the Derby, the track dumpsters are well-stocked with umbrellas.
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