Australian novelist and actress best known for creating the character Mary Poppins.
She began writing and acting as a teenager and toured with a Shakespearean performance troupe.
She was deeply unsatisfied with the Disney film adaptation of Mary Poppins and refused to allow a sequel to be produced.
She adopted a son from Ireland when she was forty, Camillus Hone.
Emma Thompson portrayed her in the 2013 film Saving Mr. Banks.