Glynis Johns Has Passed Away

Written by Henrik Rothen

Jan.04 - 2024 10:18 PM CET

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Glynis Johns, known for her role in 'Mary Poppins,' has died.

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British actress Glynis Johns has passed away at the age of 100, as reported by Sky News.

She gained fame from the 1964 film classic 'Mary Poppins,' where she portrayed Mrs. Banks.

Glynis Johns' manager confirmed her death to the media, stating that she died on Thursday in a nursing home in Los Angeles due to age-related causes.

"Glynis moved through life with intelligence, acumen, and a love for performance, impacting millions of lives. Today is a somber day for Hollywood. Not only because we mourn the loss of our beloved Glynis, but we also grieve the end of Hollywood's golden age," the statement read.

Glynis Johns began her acting career at the age of eight at the Phoenix Theater.

Watch Glynnis Johns in 'Mary Poppins' in the video below

5 Things You Might Not Know About Glynis Johns

  1. Extensive Career: Glynis Johns had a career spanning eight decades on stage and screen, appearing in more than 60 films and 30 plays. She received various accolades, including a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award, and was nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Laurence Olivier Award​​.

  2. Early Life: Born in Pretoria, South Africa, Johns was the daughter of Welsh actor Mervyn Johns. She began appearing on stage from a young age and was typecast as a stage dancer from early adolescence, making her screen debut in "South Riding" (1938)​​.

  3. Signature Voice and Songs: Known for the breathy quality of her husky voice, Johns sang songs written specifically for her, including "Sister Suffragette" in Disney's "Mary Poppins" (1964), for which she received a Laurel Award, and "Send In the Clowns" in Broadway's "A Little Night Music" (1973), for which she received a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award​​.

  4. Broadway and Television Debuts: Johns made her Broadway and television debuts in 1952, taking on starring roles in films like "The Sword and the Rose" (1953) and "The Weak and the Wicked" (1954), and starring in her own sitcom "Glynis" in 1963​​.

  5. Interest in Science: Despite her successful acting career, Johns expressed a wide range of interests, including a desire to be a scientist. She mentioned that she would have loved to continue her education at university but acknowledged the challenges of pursuing everything in life.