Glynis Johns, Mary Poppins Star, Passes Away at 100

The wonderful Glynis Johns, famous for playing Winifred Banks in Mary Poppins, has passed away at the impressive age of 100. Her manager confirmed that the British actress, known for a career spanning over 60 years, breathed her last in Los Angeles on Thursday.

A Hollywood Legend

She was a gem in the world of movies and theater. Glynis starred alongside Julie Andrews in the iconic 1964 Disney flick Mary Poppins, snagging five Oscars along the way. Her manager, Mitch Clem, hailed her as a shining star whose brilliance lit up a century. He remembered her as someone who powered through life with smarts, humor, and an undying love for performance that touched millions.

A Legacy of Talent

This talent powerhouse won hearts on Broadway, clinching a Tony Award in 1973 for her role in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, where she belted out “Send In The Clowns.” Sondheim crafted the song just for her, though she missed out on the film version to Elizabeth Taylor. She once said it was the best gift she ever received, and her love for the applause was evident.

A Remarkable Journey

Born in South Africa in 1923 to Welsh actors, she made her big-screen debut in 1948 as the enchanting mermaid Miranda, instantly becoming a sensation in the UK. Her acting chops landed her an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress in the 1960 film The Sundowners. She graced television screens too, appearing in shows like Batman and even had her own sitcom, Glynis, in the ’60s.

A Life Well-Lived

Her final silver screen appearances were in ’95 and ’99, in films featuring Sandra Bullock and Will Ferrell respectively. Glynis retired in the US and spent her last years in a Hollywood assisted living home, passing away peacefully.

Fond Farewells

Before her 100th birthday, there was a call for her to receive a damehood, recognizing her incredible talent. Labour MP Chris Bryant expressed sadness at her passing and highlighted her as a great actor deserving of the title.

Remembering Her Legacy

Glynis leaves behind her grandson in Paris, Thomas Forwood, and three great-grandchildren. She’ll be laid to rest beside her father, actor Mervyn Johns, in the UK.

Glynis Johns was a true legend, leaving behind an indelible mark on Hollywood and the hearts of those who adored her.