‘Mary Poppins’ actress dies at 100


Glynis Johns, the actress who played the role of Mrs Winnifred Banks in the first film version of Mary Poppins performed, died on Thursday at the age of 100.

According to her manager, Mitch Clem, the British actress died of natural causes at her home in Los Angeles, USA.

“Today is a sad day for Hollywood. She’s pretty much the last of what’s left of old Hollywood,” Clem told NBC News.

Before she in 1964 in the Disney movie Mary Poppins opposite Julie Andrews, in the title role, she received widespread acclaim for her role in the 1960 film The Sundowners. She won an Oscar for best actress in a supporting role for this movie.

She also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for the 1962 film The Chapman Report.

Johns also appeared in films such as The Court Jester (1955) and While You Were Sleeping (1995), but she also had a strong presence on stage.

She was part of the original cast of the 1973 musical A Little Night Musicfor which Stephen Sondheim wrote the song “Send in the Clowns” specifically for her voice.

She also won a Tony for her role in this musical.

Johns was born on 5 October 1923 in South Africa. Her parents, Welsh actors, appeared in a production here when she made her appearance.

Johns was married four times: First to actor Anthony Forwood from 1942 to 1948; then with pilot David Foster from 1952 to 1956; then businessman Cecil Henderson from 1960 to 1962 and then with writer Elliot Arnold from 1964 to 1980.

Additional sources: E! News, BBC