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Biography

Glynis Johns Biography

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Glynis Johns's facts

Date of Birth 1923-10-05
Nationality British
Profession Actress and Singer
Children Gareth Forwood
Education at Clifton High School
Height 5'4"
Place of Birth Pretoria, South Africa
Awards Tony Award
Hair Color Platinum Blonde
Eye Color Blue

Glynis Johns is an English actress for the film and stage, pianist, singer and dancer. She was born in the year 1923 and celebrates her birthday on October 5, every year. She is most known for creating the role of Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music on Broadway. She was awarded with the prestigious Tony Award for it. She is also known for portraying the character of the suffragette mother, Mrs. Winfred Banks, in the blockbuster movie Mary Poppins, by Walt Disney. As a singer, she originated songs written specifically for her.

She was born in Pretoria, South Africa as the daughter to mother, Alys Maude, who was a pianist and father, Mervyn Johns, who was a British film and stage actor. She is originally from West Wales and was born in Africa because her parents were on tour and were performing there during her birth. To receive her high school education, she enrolled to Clifton High School, Bristol but did not stay there for much longer. Besides that, not much is known about her early childhood, parents and growing up.

Her very first stage performance was a child ballerina in Buckie's Bears, at the Garrick Theatre in the year 1935. She debuted into movies with the 1938 movie, South Riding, based on the novel of the same name. In 1948, she was seen as mermaid in the movie Miranda and reprised her role for its sequel, Mad About Men in 1954. She appeared in the movie adaptation of the novel The Card in 1952. By then she had already established herself as a good actress in the British movie scene. She ventured into Hollywood with the movie Personal Affair in 1953 and then starred in another movie, All Mine to Give, in 1957. For the film The Sundowners, she received an Academy Awards nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She landed one of her best roles in the movie Mary Poppins, playing the role of the suffragette mother of the children. The 1999 film Superstar was her last film. She has also made notable contribution to theater and television. The musical Little Night Music is considered to be her best work. To add to her television credit, she has starred in the CBS anthology series The Lloyd Bridges Show, ABC/Warner Brothers crime drama series The Roaring 20s and CBS’s short-lived series Coming of Age.

About her personal life, she has been married four times. She married her first husband Anthony Forwood in 1942 and divorced in 1940. She bore him a son, Gareth Forwood. Her second husband was David Foster whom she married in 1952 and divorced. Cecil Henderson was her third husband. They were married in the year 1960 and divorced just two years later in 1962. Her last husband was Elliott Arnold. She married him in 1964 but this relationship too did not last much longer and they ultimately separated with a divorce. She is in her nineties now and is living a happy and satisfied life.

The Girl with the Upside-Down Eyes, has the height of 5 feet and 4 inches. During her youth, she had gorgeous body with ideal measurements. She not only had great acting skills, but had also been blessed by a beautiful face that made many men drool over her and women envious. The veteran actress who will be turning 91 on her coming birthday has given something so precious to the entertainment industry that can never be forgotten. Because of her age, she has not been active in the popular social sites like Facebook and Twitter. Nevertheless, her numerous fans and followers have created many fan sites and accounts in her name and regularly keep them updated. The wiki and IMDb has her detailed biography.