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Glynis Johns, Mary Poppins Actress Dies At 100

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At the age of 100, Glynis Johns, best recognised for her portrayal of Mary Poppins’ suffragette mother Winifred Banks, passed away.

The manager of the British actress confirmed that she passed away in Los Angeles on Thursday after a career spanning over 60 years. Her manager Mitch Clem described her passing as a “sombre day for Hollywood” in a statement.

Clem, her 25-year-old manager, said that her “light shined very brightly for 100 years”. “Glynis powered her way through life with intelligence, wit, and a love for performance, affecting millions of lives. Today is a sombre 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,” he said paying tribute.

Johns career

She was a talented theatre performer in addition to making numerous film appearances. In the beloved 1964 Disney musical Mary Poppins, which went on to win five Oscars, Johns starred opposite Dame Julie Andrews.

For her performance as Desiree Armfeldt in Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway musical A Little Night Music, she was also awarded a Tony Award in 1973. In the musical she sang Send In The Clowns.

She made her name in the UK with her portrayal of the mermaid Miranda in 1948, which was her first major motion picture role.

Later on, she received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in the 1960 movie The Sundowners as best supporting actress.

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