Glynis Johns

Glynis Johns

Highest Rated: 97% The Court Jester (1955)

Lowest Rated: 32% Superstar (1999)

Birthday: Oct 5, 1923

Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa

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.

Highest rated movies

The Court Jester
Mary Poppins
49th Parallel
While You Were Sleeping
Vault of Horror
The Sundowners
The Ref
Shake Hands With the Devil

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
32% 60% Superstar Grandma Gallagher (Character) $30.6M 1999
81% 79% While You Were Sleeping Elsie (Character) $81.1M 1995
72% 73% The Ref Rose Chasseur (Character) $11.3M 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Secret Garden Darjeeling (Voice) - 1994
No Score Yet 24% Nukie Sister Anne (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 60% Zelly and Me Co-Co (Character) $8.7K 1988
No Score Yet 68% Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School Ms. Grimwood (Voice) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spraggue Aunt Mary (Character) - 1984
80% 51% Vault of Horror Eleanor (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 60% Tales From the Crypt Part II Eleanor (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Dangerous Ladies Mrs. Amworth (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lock Up Your Daughters! Mrs. Squeezum (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Don't Just Stand There Sabine Manning (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 53% Dear Brigitte Vina Leaf (Character) - 1965
96% 86% Mary Poppins Mrs. Winifred Banks (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 82% Papa's Delicate Condition Amberlyn Griffith (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 17% The Chapman Report Teresa Harnish (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 26% Cabinet of Caligari Jane Lindstrom (Character) - 1962
75% 62% The Sundowners Mrs. Firth (Character) - 1960
71% 56% Shake Hands With the Devil Kitty Brady (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 35% Another Time, Another Place Kay Trevor (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 71% All Mine to Give Jo Eunson (Character) - 1957
69% 57% Around the World in 80 Days Sporting Lady's Companion (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Loser Takes All Cary (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Beachcomber Martha Jones (Character) - 1955
97% 94% The Court Jester Maid Jean (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Josephine and Men Josephine Luton (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 89% Mad About Men Caroline Trewella/Miranda Trewella (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 25% Land of Fury Marion Southey (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 35% The Sword and the Rose Princess Mary Tudor (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 36% Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue Helen Mary MacPherson MacGregor (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Weak and the Wicked Jean Raymond (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 45% Personal Affair Barbara Vining (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 62% The Promoter Ruth Earp (Character) - 1952
50% 50% Promoter Unknown (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 67% No Highway in the Sky Marjorie Corder (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Island Rescue Nicola Fallaize (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flesh and Blood Katherine (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 62% Encore Stella Cotman (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet State Secret Lisa Robinson (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Third Time Lucky Joan (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dear Mr. Prohack Mimi Warburton (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 61% Miranda Miranda Trewella (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet Frieda Judy Dawson (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 50% An Ideal Husband Miss Mabel Chiltern (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 65% Vacation From Marriage Dizzy Clayton (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Halfway House Gwyneth (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Half-Way House Gwyneth (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Adventures of Tartu Paula Palacek (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 50% Adventures of Tartu Paula Palacek (Character) - 1943
85% 75% 49th Parallel Anna (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet South Riding Midge Carne (Character) - 1938

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Coming of Age Unknown (Character) 1989
No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
87% 93% Cheers Mrs. Helen Chambers (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little Gloria... Happy at Last Unknown (Character) 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1972-1973
72% 81% Batman Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet 12 O'Clock High Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Danny Kaye Show Guest 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lloyd Bridges Show Leah Marquand (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dick Powell Theatre Rosie Sayer (Character) 1962