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The 100 Greatest Movie Characters | Empire | 41. Mary Poppins

"In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and - SNAP - the job's a game!" Mary Poppins

Played By: Julie Andrews
Film: Mary Poppins

Why She's On The List: Practically perfect in every way is one hell of a boast to make on your CV (Empire tried it once; didn't work), but Julie Andrews' Mary Poppins pulls it off (stop sniggering). Sorry, Jo Frost, but Mary is the original and best supernanny. She can fly, for one. She's got a bottomless bag of tricks, for another, and an endless array of cracking tunes to keep any child in line. And, though Andrews is the very epitome of wholesomeness, there's always the nagging suspicion that, at some point, Dick Van Dyke's Bert swept her chimney. So, she's great with kids and a little naughty? Now that is practically perfect.

Finest Hour: The technicolour overload of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, with its cartoon penguins and mad Cockneys.

The 100 Greatest Movie Characters | Empire | 41. Mary Poppins
Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins

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