Glynis Johns1923 Age: 96 years old
A retired husky voiced British stage, television and film actress, dancer, pianist, and singer. Born on October 6, 1923 in Pretoria, South Africa as Glynis Margaret P. Johns, while her parents were on tour. She is the daughter of actor Mervyn Johns and Alice (Alyce) Maud Steele Wareham (1901 - 1970) who was an Australian concert pianist. Another source gives the spelling of her name as Alys Maude Steel-Payne. Glynis was always proud of her Welsh roots and took delight in playing the female lead (opposite Richard Burton) in the classic Under Milk Wood (1971). She is best known for her light comedy roles and often playful flirtation and creating the role of Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music on Broadway, for which she won a Tony Award, and for her role as the suffragette mother Winifred Banks in Walt Disney's musical motion picture box office smash Mary Poppins (1964). In both roles, she sang songs written specifically for her, including "Send in the Clowns", composed by Stephen Sondheim, and "Sister Suffragette", written by the Sherman Brothers. Although she is probably best loved for her fishy roles in Miranda (1948) and Mad About Men (1954). She had earlier showed she could take on the serious roles as well as in Frieda (1947). Most recently seen (at the time of writing) in Superstar (1999). She was nominated for an Oscar for her work in the 1960 film The Sundowners. She is notable for the breathy quality of her husky voice and her eternally upbeat persona.
October 5, 1923, Pretoria, South Africa
1940 The Thief of BagdadPrincess's maid (uncredited) 1941 49th ParallelAnna 1951 The Magic BoxMay Jones 1954 Mad About MenCaroline Trewella / Miranda Trewella 1955 The Court JesterMaid Jean 1956 Around the World in 80 DaysSporting Lady's Companion 1960 The SundownersMrs. Gert Firth 1964 Mary PoppinsMrs. Winnifred Banks 1973 The Vault of HorrorEleanor Critchit (segment 2 "The Neat Job") 1988 Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul SchoolMs. Grimwood (voice) 1988 NukieSister Anne 1994 The RefRose Chasseur 1995 While You Were SleepingElsie 1999 SuperstarGrandma 2013 Six by SondheimHerself (archive footage)Limited to the 15 most popular items