Renowned British actress Glynis Johns, celebrated for her iconic role as Winifred Banks, a suffragette mother, in the 1964 blockbuster movie musical “Mary Poppins,” has passed away at the age of 100.
The versatile film and stage veteran, whose career spanned over 60 years, died of natural causes at an assisted living facility in the Los Angeles area, as confirmed by her manager, Mitch Clem.
Glynis Johns, born in South Africa in 1923, garnered widespread acclaim for her portrayal of Winifred Banks, a character whose magical journey reconnected her with her children in the whimsical world of “Mary Poppins.”
In addition to her memorable performance in “Mary Poppins,” Glynis Johns earned a Tony Award in 1973 for her role in the Stephen Sondheim musical “A Little Night Music.” She also received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her part as a hotel keeper in the Australian-set adventure film “The Sundowners” (1960), where she starred alongside Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr, and Peter Ustinov.
Throughout her illustrious career, Glynis Johns appeared in dozens of films, showcasing her remarkable talent and versatility. Notable roles included playing a flirtatious mermaid in “Miranda” (1948) and featuring in dual roles in the 1954 mermaid sequel, “Mad About Men” (1954).
Glynis Johns is survived by her legacy as a celebrated actress and her contribution to the world of entertainment. She had one son who predeceased her. The entertainment industry mourns the loss of a legendary talent, and fans remember her for her enduring impact on stage and screen.