‘Mary Poppins’ Actress celebrates Long Running Career going back to the 1930s as She Turns 100
Most people probably know actress Glynis Johns better as Mrs. Winifred Banks, the mother from the classic Disney movie “Mary Poppins,” but that was far from her breakout role. Her first acting credit dates back to the 1938 film “South Riding,” which she acted in when she was just a teenager. Other notable roles include “While You Were Sleeping,” “The Reef,” and “The Court Jester.” Her most recent role was in the 1999 movie “Superstar.”
On October 5, 2023, Johns had the honor of celebrating her 100th birthday. That’s an impressive career in Hollywood and an impressive lifespan.
Recently, Johns sat down for an interview with ABC7’s George Pennachio, and she reflected on her life and career. When asked what it feels like to turn 100 years old, she replied, “It doesn’t make any difference to me.” She continued, “I looked very good for every age.”
Back in 1991, Johns reflected on her role in the Broadway musical “A Little Night Music.” The role included a memorable song, “Send in the Clowns,” and it also earned her a Tony award. At the time, she explained, “Even a few months ago, I was singing ‘Send in the Clowns’ for a charity performance.”
Watch the video below to learn more about Johns’ impressive life and career.
Besides her acting career, Johns personal life included four marriages, all of which ended in divorce.. Her first marriage was to Anthony Forwood from 1942 to 1948. Her second marriage was to David Ramsay Foster from 1952 to 1956. Her third marriage was to Cecil Peter Lamont Henderson from 1960 to 1962. Her final marriage was to Elliott Arnold from 1964 through 1973. She had one child, Gareth Forwood, from her first marriage.
As of her 100th birthday, Johns is currently the oldest living screen actress at 100 years old. She is also the oldest living actress to be nominated for an Academy Award.