‘Mary Poppins’ Actress Glynis Johns Dies at 100

At the age of 100, Glynis Johns, the British actress best known for her part in the beloved 1964 motion picture musical “Mary Poppins,” departed from this life.

The legendary actor passed away in Los Angeles on Thursday after an eight-decade career spanning the stage and screen.

Her manager, Mitch Clem, disclosed that she passed away at a Los Angeles assisted living home from natural causes.

“Glynis powered her way through life with intelligence, wit, and a love for performance, affecting millions of lives,” Clem said.

“She had a wit that could stop you in your tracks powered by a heart that loved deeply and purely.

“Today is a somber day for Hollywood. Not only do we mourn the passing of our dear Glynis, but we mourn the end of the golden age of Hollywood.”

Glynis Johns (centre) starred in the film Mary Poppins. Photo credit: Rex/Everett/Shutterstock


On October 5, 1923, Johns was born in South Africa. She began performing at an early age and was pigeonholed as a stage dancer from her early teens. In 1938, she made her movie debut in “South Riding.”

After playing Anna in the 1941 war drama film “49th Parallel,” she became well-known in the 1940s.

Johns starred in thirty plays and almost sixty movies. However, she became incredibly well-known for playing Winifred Banks in the film “Mary Poppins,” a suffragist mother who seems to be more focused on her cause than her two kids.

The talented actress was nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Laurence Olivier Award, and she also won a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, and other honors during her career.

Johns had one son, who died in 2007.

Watch Glynis Johns in ‘Mary Poppins’ below:


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