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Glynis Johns



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).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet State Secret (The Great Manhunt)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet The Halfway House
  • Actor
2012
28% How to Deal
  • Actor
2003
32% Superstar
  • Grandma
1999
80% While You Were Sleeping
  • Elsie
1995
71% 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 - "Murder for Two"
  • 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 Cabinet of Caligari
  • Jane Lindstrom
1962
78% The Sundowners
  • Mrs. Firth
1960
No Score Yet The Spider's Web
  • Clarissa Hailsham-Brown
1960
60% Shake Hands With the Devil
  • Kitty Brady
1959
No Score Yet Another Time Another Place
  • Kay Trevor
1958
74% 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
  • Miranda/Caroline
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 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 Chapman Report
  • Actor
1952
No Score Yet The Magic Box
  • May Jones
1952
56% Promoter
  • Ruth Earp
1952
No Score Yet No Highway in the Sky
  • Marjorie Corder
1951
No Score Yet Appointment with Venus
  • Nicola Fallaize
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 Vacation from Marriage
  • Dizzy Clayton
1945
No Score Yet The Halfway House
  • Gwyneth
1944
No Score Yet The Adventures of Tartu
  • Paula Palacek
1943
88% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
  • Guest
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Performer
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Lady Peasoup

Quotes from Glynis Johns' Characters