Glynis Johns, a British actress with a husky voice, passed away at the age of 100. She was most known for her performing part in the 1964 blockbuster film musical “Mary Poppins,” in which she played a suffragette who is able to reestablish a relationship with her children via the assistance of a magical nanny.
He was a versatile film and stage veteran who won a Tony Award in 1973 for her role in the Stephen Sondheim musical “A Little Night Music” and was nominated for an Oscar for the 1960 film “The Sundowners,” according to her manager, Mitch Clem.
Johns passed away at an assisted living facility in the Los Angeles area due to natural causes, according to Clem.
It was her performance in “Mary Poppins” as Winifred Banks, the distracted suffragette mother who seems to care more about her cause than her two children, that will be the one for which she will be remembered the most. She featured in dozens of films during the course of a movie career that spanned more than sixty years.
As a result of its captivating combination of music and fantasy, “Mary Poppins” has become one of the most enduringly popular films produced by Walt Disney.
Glynis Johns, the English actor who played the daffy suffragette mother Mrs. Banks in the Disney classic “Mary Poppins,” died Thursday at an assisted living home in Los Angeles. She was 100. https://t.co/0ZPGfTNp17
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The film stars Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, and it is supported by winning performances in key supporting roles by Johns and David Tomlinson, who plays her obstinate banker husband.
While wearing a blue frock with white gloves, a straw hat, and a sash that reads “Votes for Women,” Johns performs the song “Sister Suffragette.” In the song, she declares, “We’re clearly soldiers in petticoats, and dauntless crusaders for women’s votes.”
There were thirteen Oscar nominations for the film, and it ended up winning five of them. The award for best actress went to Andrews for her performance as the nanny who, with the use of an umbrella, flies and brings the family together.
Furthermore, Johns played a flirtatious mermaid in the film “Miranda” (1948), and she later appeared in multiple roles in the sequel to the film “Mad About Men” (1954), which was also about mermaids. According to her, she did not have any issues with the mermaid costume.
My muscles were powerful because I had been dancing for a long time, so the tail was just great. I was quite an athlete. “In 1998, I swam like a porpoise,” Johns said in an interview with Newsday.
As a result of her performance as a hotel keeper in the adventure film “The Sundowners,” which was set in Australia and also starred Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr, and Peter Ustinov, she was considered for an Academy Award nomination in the category of best supporting actress.
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Additionally, Johns was a successful stage performer in her own right. The song “Send in the Clowns” was written by Sondheim specifically for Johns, who performed it in the first Broadway production of “A Little Night Music.” The song is a sad piece of music.
“I always said that ‘Send in the Clowns’ was the best gift I was ever given,” according to Johns.
She was also a frequent guest on television and starred in the American sitcom “Glynis” in 1963, which was canceled after only one season. She even had a role in the popular
“Batman” series from the 1960s, in which she played the role of Lady Penelope Peasoup, a villain. She appeared in the film “Superstar” in 1999, which also starred Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon. This was her final acting performance.
Johns was born in South Africa on October 5, 1923, while her Welsh parents were performing there. She began her acting career when she was a child. Johns is a member of a family that is involved in the entertainment industry.
The only son that Johns had passed away before her did.