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Glynis Johns

Glynis Johns (born October 5, 1923) is a British stage and film actress.

She is the daughter of the actor, Mervyn Johns[?], and her roots are in west Wales, although she happened to be born in Pretoria, South Africa, while her parents were on tour there. Her mother Alice Steele was a concert pianist and Glynis Johns son Gareth Forwood went on to become an actor.

Glynis Johns was a first-rate ballerina and became qualified to teach ballet at the age of ten. Glynis is also a trained pianist.

She made her film debut in 1938, in the movie version of Winifred Holtby[?]'s novel, South Riding[?]. In 1944 she appeared opposite her father in Halfway House, and in 1948 starred as a mermaid in Miranda. She successfully made the transition to Hollywood, appearing in The Court Jester[?] (1956) as Danny Kaye's love interest. Another of her best known film roles was that of Mrs Banks in Mary Poppins.

She has also appeared on television and on stage, most memorably in Stephen Sondheim's musical, A Little Night Music. The song, Send in the Clowns, was written with her in mind, and in 1973 she won a Tony award for her role in the musical.

Glynis Johns is regarded as one of the most beautiful actresses of all time and has been the subject of countless magazine covers and pin-up posters throughout her career.

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