Glynis Johns

Glynis Johns

Highest Rated: 100% Mary Poppins (1964)

Lowest Rated: 27% How to Deal (2003)

Birthday: Oct 5, 1923

Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa

Throaty-voiced, kittenish leading lady Glynis Johns was the daughter of British stage actor Mervyn Johns; she was born while her father and concert-pianist mother were on a tour of South Africa. Enrolled in the London ballet school at age 6, Johns had by age 10 progressed to the point that she was certified to teach ballet. At 12, she made her stage debut in the role of Napoleon's daughter in Saint Helena; at 13, she was cast in the pivotal role of the spiteful schoolgirl in the London production of Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour. This led to her first film, 1937's South Riding, in which she played another petulant, foot-stamping adolescent. Johns graduated to coquettish leading roles in the 1940s, most famously as the alluring mermaid in Miranda (1946). Her best-known Hollywood assignments include the roles of Maid Jean in Danny Kaye's The Court Jester (1956) and the suffragette Mrs. Banks in Disney's Mary Poppins (1964) (Johns was the only cast member to have the foresight to demand a portion of the royalties for the Poppins soundtrack record). In 1963, she starred in Glynis, a lukewarm TV comedy/mystery series. Eight years later, she won a Tony award for her performance in Broadway's A Little Night Music. Still active into the 1990s, Glynis Johns was recently seen as a belligerent in-law in The Ref (1994) and as a deliciously dotty aunt in While You Were Sleeping (1995).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet State Secret (The Great Manhunt) Actor 2013
No Score Yet The Halfway House Actor 2012
27% How to Deal Actor $14.2M 2003
32% Superstar Grandma 1999
79% While You Were Sleeping Elsie 1995
72% The Ref Rose 1994
No Score Yet Nukie Actor 1993
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School Ms. Grimwood (voice) 1989
No Score Yet Zelly and Me Co-Co 1988
No Score Yet Little Gloria...Happy at Last Actor 1984
No Score Yet Spraggue Actor 1984
No Score Yet Little Gloria: Happy at Last Actor 1982
No Score Yet Mrs. Amworth Actor 1977
No Score Yet The Vault of Horror (Tales from the Crypt, Part II) Eleanor 1973
60% Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood Myfanwy Price 1973
No Score Yet Dear Brigitte Vina Leaf 1965
100% Mary Poppins Mrs. Banks 1964
No Score Yet Papa's Delicate Condition Amberlyn Griffith 1963
No Score Yet The Chapman Report Teresa Harnish 1962
No Score Yet The Cabinet of Caligari Jane Lindstrom 1962
82% The Sundowners Mrs. Firth 1960
No Score Yet The Spider's Web Clarissa Hailsham-Brown 1960
67% Shake Hands With the Devil Kitty Brady 1959
No Score Yet Another Time Another Place Kay Trevor 1958
71% Around the World in 80 Days Companion 1956
96% The Court Jester Maid Jean 1956
No Score Yet All Mine to Give Jo Eunson 1956
No Score Yet Loser Takes All Cary 1956
No Score Yet Mad About Men Caroline Trewella/Miranda Trewella 1955
No Score Yet The Beachcomber Martha Jordans 1955
No Score Yet Josephine And Men Actor 1955
No Score Yet Land of Fury (The Seekers) Actor 1954
No Score Yet Young and Willing (The Weak and the Wicked) Jean Raymond 1954
No Score Yet Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue Helen Mary MacPherson MacGregor 1953
No Score Yet Personal Affair Barbara Vining 1953
No Score Yet The Sword and the Rose (When Knighthood Was in Flower) Princess Mary Tudor 1953
No Score Yet The Magic Box May Jones 1952
56% Promoter Ruth Earp 1952
No Score Yet Appointment with Venus Nicola Fallaize 1951
No Score Yet No Highway in the Sky Marjorie Corder 1951
No Score Yet Encore Stella Cotman [Gigolo And Gigolette] 1951
No Score Yet The Blue Lamp Actor 1950
No Score Yet Dear Mr. Prohack Actor 1949
No Score Yet Miranda Miranda Trewella 1948
No Score Yet Ideal Husband Mabel Chiltern 1948
No Score Yet Frieda Judy Dawson 1947
No Score Yet This Man Is Mine Millie 1946
No Score Yet Vacation from Marriage Dizzy Clayton 1945
No Score Yet The Halfway House Gwyneth 1944
No Score Yet The Adventures of Tartu Paula Palacek 1943
91% 49th Parallel (The Invaders) Anna 1941
No Score Yet The Prime Minister Miss Sheridan 1941
100% The Thief of Bagdad Unnamed Character 1940
No Score Yet On the Night of the Fire Mary Carr 1939
No Score Yet South Riding Midge Carne 1938


No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Bridget O'Hara 1985
No Score Yet Cheers
Helen Chambers Guest 1983
93% Batman
Lady Peasoup 1967
No Score Yet Great Performances


Elsie says: Look at the bright side. He has more room in his jockey shorts.

Elsie says: I like Mass better in Latin. It's nicer when you don't know what they're saying.

Elsie says: I don't drink anymore... I don't drink any less, either!