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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 5 October 1923Pretoria, South Africa
Birth NameGlynis Margaret P. Johns
Nickname The Girl with the Upside-Down Eyes
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Husky voiced Glynis is the daughter of actor Mervyn Johns. Best known for her light comedy roles and often playful flirtation, Glynis was born in South Africa while her parents were on tour there (her mother was a concert pianist) but was always proud of her Welsh roots and took delight in playing the female lead (opposite Richard Burton) in the classic Under Milk Wood (1972). Glynis is probably best known for her role as the suffragette mother in Mary Poppins (1964) although she is probably best loved for her fishy roles in Miranda (1948) and Mad About Men (1954). She had earlier showed she could take on the serious roles as well as in Frieda (1947). Most recently seen (at the time of writing) in Superstar (1999).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

Spouse (4)

Elliott Arnold (1 October 1964 - 4 January 1973) (divorced)
Cecil Peter Lamont Henderson (10 October 1960 - 21 June 1962) (divorced)
David Ramsay Foster (1 February 1952 - 17 May 1956) (divorced)
Anthony Forwood (29 August 1942 - 1948) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (3)

Platinum blonde hair
Sparkling blue eyes
Lisp, breathless voice

Trivia (17)

Anthony Forwood, Glynis's ex-husband, was Sir Dirk Bogarde's longtime partner and manager until Forwood's death in 1988.
Daughter of actor Mervyn Johns, with whom she appeared in The Halfway House (1944).
Stephen Sondheim wrote "Send in the Clowns", in "A Little Night Music", with shorter phrasing to accommodate her (Although her voice, alternately described as smoky or silvery or wistful, was lovely, she was unable to sustain notes for long.).
Won a Tony Award (Best Actress in a Musical) for her role in "A Little Night Music" in 1973.
Mother of actor Gareth Forwood.
Has appeared in the Murder, She Wrote (1984) episode, Murder, She Wrote: Sing a Song of Murder (1985). She previously starred with "Murder" star Angela Lansbury in the classic comedy The Court Jester (1955).
Best known for her role as Mrs. Winifred Banks, the children's mother in the Disney musical Mary Poppins (1964).
She was named a Disney Legend in 1998.
Married and divorced four times, her first husband Anthony Forwood is the father of her only child, Gareth Forwood; her second husband, David Ramsey Foster, was a World War II hero who became the chairman of Colgate Palmolive International; marriage to third husband, Cecil Peter L. Henderson, ended after a year; and fourth husband Elliot Arnold, a writer and essayist, penned "A Night of Watching", "Camp Grant Massacre" and "Personal Combat".
Sources give different spellings of her mother's name, who was a pianist (c. 1920-1971). One source spells it Alys Maude Steel-Payne. Another spells it Alyce Steele.
Stepdaughter of actress Diana Churchill.
She is one of only seven actors to have played "Special Guest Villains" in Batman (1966) who are still alive, the others being Julie Newmar, John Astin, Joan Collins, Barbara Rush, Dina Merrill and Zsa Zsa Gabor.
She currently resides in a quiet retirement complex in Los Angeles, California.
Appears on the cover of the album "Led Zeppelin II" by Led Zeppelin.
She is a staunch conservative Republican.
She is a naturalized United States citizen.
Played the landlady in The Sundowners.

Personal Quotes (3)

[on her return to "A Little Night Music", 1991] I've been doing songs from the show off and on through the years. So I've never really been away. Even a few months ago, I was singing "Send in the Clowns" for a charity performance. But my doctors were advising that I not work for a couple of months -- that I needed to relax, take it easy, do physiotherapy for my dental problems. More specifically, I had to make the decision about whether I wanted to come back playing another role: to hear somebody else eight performances a week, doing something that I was used to doing. You know, "Clowns" was written for me.
In classical theatre in Europe, everybody plays all kinds of parts. Juliets go on to play the Nurses; they don't want to play Juliet again. I think we've got to remember to grab onto our perks, whatever is the good thing about each age. Each stage of life should be a progression.
[on playing a mermaid in Miranda (1948)] I was quite an athlete, my muscles were strong from dancing, so the tail was just fine. I swam like a porpoise.

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