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Glynis Johns

Glynis Johns

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    • October 5th, 1923
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.

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Filmography

Acting (34 Credits)

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1999Superstar as Grandma
1995While You Were Sleeping as Elsie
1994The Ref as Rose Chasseur
1988Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School as Ms. Grimwood (voice)
1987Nukie as Sister Anne
1982Little Gloria... Happy at Last as Laura Fitzpatrick Morgan
1973The Vault of Horror as Eleanor Critchit (segment 2 "The Neat Job")
1971Under Milk Wood as Myfanwy Price
1965Dear Brigitte as Vina Leaf
1964Mary Poppins as Mrs. Winnifred Banks
1963Papa's Delicate Condition as Amberlyn Griffith
1962The Cabinet of Caligari as Jane Lindstrom
1962The Chapman Report as Teresa Harnish
1960The Sundowners as Mrs. Gert Firth
1959Shake Hands with the Devil as Kitty Brady
1958Another Time, Another Place as Kay Trevor
1957All Mine to Give as Jo Eunson
1956Around the World in 80 Days as Sporting Lady's Companion
1955The Court Jester as Maid Jean
1954Mad About Men as Caroline Trewella / Miranda Trewella
1953Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue as Helen Mary MacPherson MacGregor
1953The Sword and the Rose as Princess Mary Tudor
1953Personal Affair as Barbara Vining
1952The Promoter as Ruth Earp
1951Encore as Stella Cotman
1951No Highway in the Sky as Marjorie Corder
1951The Magic Box as May Jones
1948Miranda as Miranda Trewella
1947An Ideal Husband as Mabel Chiltern
1945Vacation from Marriage as Dizzy Clayton
1944The Halfway House as Gwyneth
1943The Adventures of Tartu as Paula Palacek
194149th Parallel as Anna
1940The Thief of Bagdad as Princess's maid (uncredited)

Herself (1 Credits)

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2013Six by Sondheim as Herself (archive footage)

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