Glynis Johns starrer ‘Mary Poppins’ dies at 100 in LA

Glynis Johns. Photo Courtesy: UNI

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London/IBNS: UK actress Glynis Johns, who is known for her role as Winifred Banks in 1964’s ‘Mary Poppins’ musical fantasy comedy film, has died at the age of 100 in Los Angeles, CNN reported, citing the actress’s manager.

Her manager, Mitch Clem, was quoted as saying that Johns died “peacefully” on Thursday morning at an assisted living home, where she has lived for the past several years.

“Glynis powered her way through life with intelligence, wit, and a love for performance, affecting millions of lives,” Clem said in a statement on Thursday, as quoted by CNN.

“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.”

A cause of death has not yet been determined, the report said.

Born on October 5, 1923, in Pretoria, her screen debut took place in ‘South Riding’ (1938).

Johns became famous in the 1940s after appearing in the war drama film ’49th Parallel’ (1941) and starring roles in ‘Miranda’ (1948) and ‘Third Time Lucky’ (1949).

‘Mary Poppins’ star appeared in more than 60 films and also earned an Oscar nomination for While You Were Sleeping and The Sundowners, according to Variety.

The actress has a long list of films she has starred in, including ‘Perfect Strangers’ (1945), ‘State Secret’ (1950), ‘Personal Affair’ (1953), ‘Mad About Men’ (1954),’ Around the World in 80 Days’ (1956), ‘Shake Hands with the Devil’ (1959), ‘Nukie’ (1987), ‘The Ref’ (1994), ‘Superstar’ (1999), and others.

Throughout her career, she was awarded by the National Board of Review in the category of Best Acting in ’49th Parallel’, the Laurel Awards for Female Supporting Performance in ‘Mary Poppins’, the Tony Award, and the Drama Desk Award for best and outstanding actress in a musical dubbed ‘A Little Night Music’.

She was also honoured with the Disney Legends Award.

According to a CNN report, in October, on Jones 100th birthday, she told ABC7 at the time that her age “doesn’t make any difference to me.” Still quick-witted, the Hollywood veteran went on to joke that “I looked very good at every age.”

“Her light shined very brightly for 100 years,” Clem said in his statement Thursday. “She had a wit that could stop you in your tracks, powered by a heart that loved deeply and purely.”