Big Loss in Hollywood
Glynis Johns, the amazing actress who played Winifred Banks in Mary Poppins, has left us at 100. She had a stellar career in movies and theater, lighting up screens for over 60 years. Her manager confirmed that she passed away in Los Angeles, marking a sad day for Hollywood.
Remembering Mary Poppins
You probably remember her from the classic Mary Poppins alongside Julie Andrews back in 1964. That movie bagged five Oscars and showcased Glynis as Winifred Banks, the suffragette mom.
Her manager, Mitch Clem, who worked with her for 25 years, shared that she lived a bright and brilliant life for a full century. He mentioned her intelligence, wit, and love for performing, touching millions of hearts.
Beyond Mary Poppins
But she wasn’t just famous for Mary Poppins. In 1973, she snagged a Tony Award for her role in A Little Night Music by Stephen Sondheim. She nailed the song “Send In The Clowns,” specially written for her. Even though she lost the movie part to Elizabeth Taylor, she cherished singing it on stage.
Glynis, born into a showbiz family in South Africa, debuted on the big screen in 1948 as the mermaid Miranda, hitting stardom in the UK with her comedic performance. She even got an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress in the 1960 film The Sundowners.
TV Stardom and Legacy
Beyond movies, she popped up on TV, even gracing Batman, and had her own sitcom called Glynis in ’63 on US television. Her last movies were in ’95 and ’99, stepping back from acting and enjoying her retirement in the US.
She passed away peacefully in a Hollywood assisted living home, where she spent her final years, according to her manager.
A Dame in Spirit
Before her 100th birthday, there was a buzz about making her a dame, a high honor in the UK. Labour MP Chris Bryant shared his sadness on Twitter, calling her one of Britain’s acting gems who deserved that recognition.
Family and Legacy
Glynis leaves behind her grandson in Paris, Thomas Forwood, and three great-grandkids. She’ll be laid to rest next to her father, Mervyn Johns, who was also an actor, back in the UK.
An Icon’s Farewell
Glynis Johns, a true icon of stage and screen, has left us, leaving behind a legacy that touched hearts worldwide. Her performances, wit, and love for her craft will forever be remembered.