The Perfect Nanny

Karen Dotrice, Matthew Garber

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Karen Dotrice

Karen Dotrice ( doh-TREESS; born 9 November 1955) is a British actress, known primarily for her role as Jane Banks in Walt Disney's feature film adaptation of the Mary Poppins book series. Dotrice was born in Guernsey to two stage actors. Her career began on stage, and expanded into film and television, including starring roles as a young girl whose beloved cat magically reappears in Disney's The Three Lives of Thomasina and with Thomasina co-star Matthew Garber as one of two children pining for their parents' attentions in Poppins. She appeared in five television programmes between 1972 and 1978, when she made her only feature film as an adult. Her life as an actress concluded with a short run as Desdemona in the 1981 pre-Broadway production of Othello. In 1… more »


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Jane Banks: 
Wanted a nanny for two adorable children 

If you want this choice position 
Have a cheery disposition 
Rosy cheeks, no warts! 
Play games, all sort 

You must be kind, you must be witty 
Very sweet and fairly pretty 
Take us on outings, give us treats 
Sing songs, bring sweets 

Never be cross or cruel 
Never give us castor oil or gruel 
Love us as a son and daughter 
And never smell of barley water 

If you won't scold and dominate us 
We will never give you cause to hate us 
We won't hide your spectacles 
So you can't see 
Put toads in your bed 
Or pepper in your tea 
Hurry, Nanny! 
Many thanks 

Jane and Michael Banks: 
Jane and Michael Banks.

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Written by: Richard Sherman, Robert Sherman

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