Glynis Johns



Place of birth:

Pretoria, South Africa:


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.

Film Credits

Six by Sondheim (2013)
as Herself (archive footage)
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: The Making of 'Mary Poppins' (2004)
Superstar (1999)
as Grandma
While You Were Sleeping (1995)
as Elsie
The Secret Garden (1994)
as Darjeeling (voice)
The Ref (1994)
as Rose Chasseur
Nukie (1988)
as Sister Anne
Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School (1988)
as Ms. Grimwood (voice)
Zelly and Me (1988)
as Co-Co
Three Dangerous Ladies (1977)
as Mrs. Amworth
Mrs. Amworth (1975)
as Mrs. Amworth
The Happy Prince (1974)
as Swallow (voice)
The Vault of Horror (1973)
as Eleanor Critchit (segment 2 "The Neat Job")
Under Milk Wood (1972)
as Myfanwy Price
Lock Up Your Daughters (1969)
as Mrs Squeezum
Don't Just Stand There (1968)
as Sabine Manning
Dear Brigitte (1965)
as Vina Leaf
Mary Poppins (1964)
as Mrs. Winnifred Banks
Papa's Delicate Condition (1963)
as Amberlyn Griffith
The Chapman Report (1962)
as Teresa Harnish
The Cabinet of Caligari (1962)
as Jane Lindstrom
The Sundowners (1960)
as Mrs. Gert Firth
The Spider's Web (1960)
as Clarissa Hailsham-Brown
Shake Hands with the Devil (1959)
as Kitty Brady
Another Time, Another Place (1958)
as Kay Trevor
All Mine to Give (1957)
as Jo Eunson
Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)
as Sporting Lady's Companion
Loser Takes All (1956)
as Cary
The Court Jester (1955)
as Maid Jean
Josephine and Men (1955)
as Josephine Luton
Mad About Men (1954)
as Caroline Trewella / Miranda Trewella
The Beachcomber (1954)
as Martha Jones
The Seekers (1954)
as Marion Southey
Rob Roy, The Highland Rogue (1954)
as Helen Mary MacPherson MacGregor
The Weak and the Wicked (1954)
as Jean Raymond
Personal Affair (1953)
as Barbara Vining
The Sword and the Rose (1953)
as Princess Mary Tudor
The Card (1952)
as Ruth Earp
Appointment with Venus (1951)
as Nicola Fallaize
No Highway (1951)
as Marjorie Corder
Encore (1951)
as Stella Cotman
Flesh and Blood (1951)
as Katherine Manley
The Magic Box (1951)
as May Jones
State Secret (1950)
as Lisa Robinson
Dear Mr. Prohack (1949)
as Mimi Warburton
Helter Skelter (1949)
as Miranda Trewella
Third Time Lucky (1949)
as Joan Burns
Miranda (1948)
as Miranda Trewella
An Ideal Husband (1947)
as Mabel Chiltern
Frieda (1947)
as Judy Dawson
Perfect Strangers (1945)
as Dizzy Clayton
The Halfway House (1944)
as Gwyneth
The Adventures of Tartu (1943)
as Paula Palacek
49th Parallel (1941)
as Anna
The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
as Princess's maid (uncredited)
The Briggs Family (1940)
as Sheila Briggs
Under Your Hat (1940)
as Winnie
On the Night of the Fire (1939)
as Mary
Prison Without Bars (1938)
as Nina
South Riding (1938)
as Midge Carne