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Watch Julie Andrews’ Sweet Acceptance Speech At The 1965 Oscars

Forty-eight years before “Saving Mr. Banks” hit theaters, Sidney Poitier presented Julie Andrews with an Academy Award for playing Mary Poppins. And she was very grateful to Walt Disney.

1. Julie Andrews agreed to make “Mary Poppins” after she was turned down for the role of Eliza Doolittle in the film version of My Fair Lady.

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This was a slap in the face, considering she originally played Doolittle on Broadway and on London’s West End. The role went to Audrey Hepburn, instead.

2. Then she won an Oscar for playing Mary Poppins. This was her incredibly sweet speech:

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3. “I know you Americans are famous for your hospitality, but this is really ridiculous.”

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4. “I have so many thank yous I only know where to start, and that’s with Mr. Walt Disney.”

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5. “And naturally he has the largest thank you of all, I wouldn’t know where to stop.”

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6. “I would somehow like to try and convey my really deep gratitude and, well, gratefulness…for being made to feel so really welcome in this country.”

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7. “Thank you very much, indeed.”

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8. Watch the full acceptance speech here.

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