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Mary Poppins choreographer dies

Nov 22, 2013 | 11:50am EST

Mary Poppins choreographer Marc Breaux has died, aged 89. Breaux put Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews through their paces as they rehearsed for the 1964 movie musical and the actor was so impressed with his work, he hired him for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He also designed the choreography for Andrews' film The Sound of Music and devised the iconic opening scene, which features the actress, as nun Maria, spinning around on a hilltop. The dance master always worked with his wife Dee Dee Wood, who appeared with her husband onstage in Broadway's Li'l Abner in 1956.

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