Mary Poppins Star Glynis Johns Has Died

The actress and Mary Poppins star has died aged 100 years old.
Credit: ABC 7 & Walt Disney Productions

A huge star from the legendary film Mary Poppins has died.

The musical fantasy movie, produced by Walt Disney, was based on the ‘Mary Poppins’ book series by P. L. Travers.

The film follows a man called Mr Banks who is looking for a nanny to look after his two mischievous children, which is when he comes across Poppins – who brings change and happiness to their lives.

It was a critical and commercial success, becoming the highest-grossing movie of 1964, as per The Numbers.

Sadly, it has been announced that a star from the classic Disney movie has passed away.

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Glynis Johns, who played the suffragette mother Winifred Banks in the movie, has died aged 100.

Born in South Africa in 1923 – her prolific career spanned eight decades on stage and screen – Johns appeared in more than 60 films and 30 plays.

Johns was part of the fourth generation of a famous theatrical family, with an actor father and a pianist mum.

She began dancing and acting at a young age and was on stage in London’s West End by the age of 14.

Johns earned much critical acclaim in her time on stage and screen, including a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award as well as nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Laurence Olivier Award.

Before her passing this week, she was known to be one of the last surviving stars of the ‘golden age’ of Hollywood.

John debuted many roles on Broadway, and even starred in her own sitcom, named Glynis, in 1963.

However, it was her collaborations with Walt Disney studios which truly catapulted Johns into a household name.

Glynis Johns in Mary Poppins.
Glynis Johns has died aged 100. Credit: Walt Disney Productions

In 1964, Johns took on the role of Winifred Banks in Mary Poppins, the role she remains most remembered for to this day.

Johns was known for having a breathy, husky vocal quality, which was well displayed in her solo in the film, Sister Suffragette.

Costumed in her instantly recognisable ‘Votes for Women’ sash, Johns sings: “We’re clearly soldiers in petticoats and dauntless crusaders for women’s votes.”

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Johns’ manager, Mitch Clem, confirmed she had died in an assisted living home in Los Angeles this week.

Per Sky News, Clem said: “Glynis powered her way through life with intelligence, wit, and a love for performance, affecting millions of lives.

“She entered my life early in my career and set a very high bar on how to navigate this industry with grace, class, and truth. Your own truth. Her light shined very brightly for 100 years.”

“She had a wit that could stop you in your tracks powered by a heart that loved deeply and purely,” he added.

“Today is a somber 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.”

Glynis Johns in Mary Poppins.
Glynis Johns played Winifred Banks in the beloved Mary Poppins movie. Credit: Walt Disney Productions

Johns’ cause of death was reported to be natural causes.

She was married four times in her life, to Anthony Forwood, David Foster, Cecil Henderson, and Elliott Arnold.

However, at the time of her death, she had been divorced since 1973.

Johns had one son, who died in 2007. She is survived by a grandson, Thomas, who lives in Paris, and her three great-grandchildren.

Rest in peace.

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Written by Annie Walton Doyle

Annie Walton Doyle is a content editor at IGV who specialises in trending, lifestyle and entertainment news. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a degree in English Literature. Annie has previously worked with organisations such as The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Harvard University, the Pulitzer Prize and 22 Words.