The iconic British actress Glynis Johns, celebrated for her memorable role as the suffragette Winifred Banks in the 1964 blockbuster musical “Mary Poppins,” passed away at the age of 100.
The versatile film and stage veteran, whose career spanned over 60 years, breathed her last due to natural causes at an assisted living facility in the Los Angeles area, as confirmed by her manager, Mitch Clem.
While Johns left an indelible mark on cinema with her diverse filmography, it was her portrayal of the distracted suffragette mother in “Mary Poppins” that resonated most profoundly with audiences.
The actress, born in South Africa in 1923, won a Tony Award in 1973 for her role in the Stephen Sondheim musical “A Little Night Music.”
She was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1960 film “The Sundowners.”
In addition to her famous role in “Mary Poppins,” Johns showcased her versatility by playing a flirtatious mermaid in “Miranda” (1948) and taking on dual roles in the 1954 mermaid sequel, “Mad About Men” (1954).
Her Academy Award nomination came for her role as a hotel keeper in the Australian-set adventure “The Sundowners,” where she starred alongside Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr, and Peter Ustinov.
Glynis Johns, who had one son that predeceased her, leaves behind a legacy of timeless performances that have earned her a place among the revered figures in Hollywood history.
As the industry mourns her passing, fans and colleagues alike fondly remember the actress for her contributions to the world of entertainment, particularly her unforgettable portrayal of Winifred Banks in “Mary Poppins.”