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August 25, 2021

35 Gorgeous Photos of Glynis Johns in the 1940s and ’50s

Born 1923 in Pretoria, South Africa, while her parents were on tour, British actress, dancer, musician, and singer Glynis Johns is best known for creating the role of Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music on Broadway, for which she won a Tony Award, and for playing Winifred Banks in Walt Disney’s musical motion picture Mary Poppins (1964).

In both roles, Johns sang songs written specifically for her, including “Send In the Clowns”, composed by Stephen Sondheim, and “Sister Suffragette”, written by the Sherman Brothers. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the 1960 film The Sundowners.

Upon the death of Olivia de Havilland in 2020, Johns became the oldest living Academy Award nominee in an acting category. She is one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema, and known for the breathy quality of her husky voice and her upbeat persona.

Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see the beauty of young Glynis Johns in the 1940s and 1950s.


  1. Also the greatest Grandma ever in While You Were Sleeping.




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