February 10, 2014 12:00 PM

Emma Thompson nabbed Golden Globe and SAG nominations for her turn as cantankerous Mary Poppins author P. L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks – though she was snubbed for an Oscar nod. Well, Travers hated Hollywood anyway. Three reasons she was no spoonful of sugar:

1. She loathed the dancing penguins so much, “they brought her to tears” at the movie’s 1964 premiere, recalls songwriter Richard Sherman.

2. A lifelong singleton, she adopted a son when she was 40 but didn’t adopt his twin brother.

3. When she sold the Poppins stage musical rights before her 1996 death, she stipulated, “There cannot be an American touching the script.” So Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes adapted it.

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