Glynis Johns

Actor, Singer
Fondly remembered for the breathy quality of her husky voice and her eternally upbeat persona, British actress Glynis Johns delivered a myriad of memorable roles in a varied career that spanned over 60 years. Born into ... Read more »
Born: 10/05/1923 in Pretoria, , ZA

Filmography

Actor (51)

Loser Takes All 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jean Simmons: Picture Perfect 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Superstar 1999 (Movie)

Grandma (Actor)

The Secret Garden 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

While You Were Sleeping 1995 (Movie)

Elsie (Actor)

The Ref 1994 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

Coming of Age 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Nukie 1988 (Movie)

Sister Anne (Actor)

Zelly and Me 1988 (Movie)

Coco (Actor)

Cheers 1985 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Vault of Horror 1972 (Movie)

Eleanor (Actor)

Under Milk Wood 1971 (Movie)

Myfanwy Price (Actor)

Lock Up Your Daughters! 1969 (Movie)

Mrs Squeezum (Actor)

Don't Just Stand There! 1968 (Movie)

Sabine Manning (Actor)

Dear Brigitte 1964 (Movie)

Vina Leaf (Actor)

Glynis 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

Mary Poppins 1964 (Movie)

Mrs Banks (Actor)

The Dick Powell Show 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lloyd Bridges Show 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

Papa's Delicate Condition 1962 (Movie)

Ambolyn Griffith (Actor)

The Cabinet of Caligari 1961 (Movie)

Jane (Actor)

The Chapman Report 1961 (Movie)

Teresa (Actor)

The Sundowners 1960 (Movie)

Mrs Firth (Actor)

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars 1951 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

Shake Hands With the Devil 1959 (Movie)

Kitty Brady (Actor)

Another Time, Another Place 1958 (Movie)

Kay Trevor (Actor)

All Mine to Give 1957 (Movie)

Mamie Eunson (Actor)

Around the World in 80 Days 1956 (Movie)

Companion (Actor)

The Court Jester 1956 (Movie)

Maid Jean (Actor)

Land of Fury 1955 (Movie)

Marion Southey (Actor)

Josephine and Men 1954 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue 1954 (Movie)

Helen Mary MacGregor (Actor)

The Beachcomber 1954 (Movie)

Martha (Actor)

The Weak and the Wicked 1953 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Promoter 1952 (Movie)

Ruth Earp (Actor)

The Magic Box 1950 (Movie)

(Actor)

Batman (TV Show)

Actor

Encore (Movie)

Stella Cotman [Gigolo And Gigolette] (Actor)

Frieda (Movie)

Judy Dawson (Actor)

Helter Skelter (Movie)

(Actor)

Prison without Bars (Movie)

Nina (Actor)

Spraggue (TV Show)

Actor

The Adventures of Tartu (Movie)

Paula Palacek (Actor)

The Blue Lamp (Movie)

(Actor)

The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Show)

Actor

The Prime Minister (Movie)

Miss Sheridan (Actor)

The Sword and the Rose (Movie)

Princess Mary Tudor (Actor)

This Man Is Mine (Movie)

Millie (Actor)

Vacation From Marriage (Movie)

Dizzy Clayton (Actor)

Biography

Fondly remembered for the breathy quality of her husky voice and her eternally upbeat persona, British actress Glynis Johns delivered a myriad of memorable roles in a varied career that spanned over 60 years. Born into a theatrical family, Johns began performing on the stage by the age of 12 and in film while still in her teens. Early films roles included her starring turn as a flirtatious mermaid in the popular fantasy-comedy "Miranda" (1948), the thriller "State Secret" (1950) and the "Miranda" sequel "Mad About Men" (1954). Following a well-regarded run on Broadway in a revival of "Major Barbara" in 1956 and a disappointing outing as the star of her own television sitcom, "Glynis" (CBS, 1963), the actress appeared in one of the most popular family musicals in film history, "Mary Poppins" (1964), as the well-intentioned suffragette, Winifred Banks. Even more memorable was her lengthy performance as Desiree Armfeldt in the 1973 premiere of the Wheeler-Sondheim musical comedy "A Little Night Music," in which she immortalized the heart-breaking ballad "Send in the Clowns." In the years after her Tony Award-winning tour with the show, Johns went on to dozens of endearing roles in films like "While You Were Sleeping" (1995) well into the late-1990s. Whether portraying a sultry sea creature, a neglectful mother or a delightfully eccentric grandmother, Johns was never anything less than an absolute joy onscreen.

Relationships

Elliot Arnold

Husband
Married Oct. 4, 1964 Divorced

Antony Darnborough Producer

Companion
Engaged 1951, but later separated Darnborough produced "Encore" (1951) in which Johns starred Died Sept. 24, 2000

Anthony Forwood Producer

Husband
Married Aug. 29, 1942 Divorced June 1948; Forwood later had long relationship with actor Dirk Bogarde

Gareth Forwood Actor

Son
Born Oct. 14, 1945; father, Anthony Forwood Died Oct. 16, 2007

David Foster

Husband
Married Feb. 1, 1952 Divorced

Cecil Henderson

Husband
Married 1960 Divorced 1962

Mervyn Johns Actor

Father
Born Feb. 18, 1899 Acted together in "The Magic Box" (1951) and "The Sundowners" (1960) Died Sept. 6, 1992

Alys Steele

Mother

EDUCATION

studied ballet in Bristol, England, 1929-1933

Hampstead School

Milestones

1999

Played grandmother to Mary Katherine Gallagher (Molly Shannon) in "Superstar"

1998

Starred in Horton Foote's play "A Coffin in Egypt" as a 90-year-old grand dame reminiscing about her life on and off a Texas ranch

1995

Portrayed Peter Gallagher's grandmother in the romantic comedy "While You Were Sleeping," starring Sandra Bullock

1994

Essayed the 'Mom from Hell' in Ted Demme's "The Ref," starring Judy Davis, Kevin Spacey and Denis Leary

1991

In Los Angeles revival of "A Little Night Music," undertook role of Madame Armfeldt (originated by Hermione Gingold), the mother of the character she created in the original; Lee Remick was to have played Desiree but withdrew because of illness and was re

1988

Played featured role of Trudie Pepper on the CBS sitcom "Coming of Age"

1983

Appeared as the mother of Diane Chambers (Shelley Long) on an episode of the NBC sitcom "Cheers"

1982

U.S. TV miniseries debut, "Little Gloria...Happy at Last" (NBC)

1973

Had a major hit on Broadway in the leading role of Desiree Armfeldt in the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical, "A Little Night Music"; introduced the contemporary standard "Send in the Clowns"; received a Tony Award for her performance

1970

Joined the likes of Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and Peter O'Toole in film version of Dylan Thomas' "Under Milkwood"

1968

Had brief bit as screwball author in "Don't Just Stand There"

1967

Portrayed villainess Lady Penelope Peasoup on three episodes of the campy series "Batman" (ABC)

1965

Offered a standout turn as James Stewart's practical wife in "Dear Brigette"

1964

Played nutty suffragette wife of Tomlinson in "Mary Poppins"

1963

Starred as Glynis Granville on the CBS sitcom "Glynis"; network aired reruns during the summer of 1965

1962

Acted opposite James Coburn in NBC adventure pilot "Safari," based on "The African Queen"

1960

Received an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her role as a hotelkeeper in "The Sundowners"; second film with her father

1956

Returned to Broadway in title role of "Major Barbara," directed by Charles Laughton

1954

Reprised her mermaid role for the "Miranda" sequel "Mad About Men"

1952

Broadway debut in title role of "Gertie"

1951

First film with father Mervyn Johns, "The Magic Box"; Tomlinson was also in the cast

1948

Scored a hit as a mermaid in "Miranda," adapted by playwright Peter Blackmore from his stage play; initial screen work with David Tomlinson

1947

Delivered warm turn as the sister-in-law of German war bride "Frieda," adapted from the stage play

1942

Starred on the London stage at age 19 in the title role of "Peter Pan"

1938

Made feature film debut in the Victor Saville directed drama "South Riding"

1935

London stage debut, as Ursula in "Buckie's Bears"

1923

Born in South Africa and carried onstage by her violinist-impresario grandmother while the family's performing company was touring there

Returned to Broadway in a revival of the Somerset Maugham play "The Circle," starring opposite Rex Harrison and Stewart Granger

Bonus Trivia

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On her star-making turn as a mermaid in "Miranda" (1948): "I was quite an athlete, my muscles were strong from dancing, so the tail was just fine. I swam like a porpoise."As for her taking on the role of Madame Armfeldt for the 1991 revival of "A Little Night Music" after having played her daughter 18 years before: "To tell you the truth, I hadn't liked that part (originally Hermione Gingold's), and I wasn't sure if I could listen to someone else singing 'Send in the Clowns', the song Stephen Sondheim wrote for me." – Johns quoted in the Daily News, June 14, 1998

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