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'Mary Poppins' star Glynis Johns shares her thoughts about turning 100 and reflects on her career

Glynis Johns celebrates her 100th birthday talking about her long-lasting career and her feelings about reaching this milestone.

'Mary Poppins' star Glynis Johns shares her thoughts about turning 100 and reflects on her career
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Glynis Johns is a living legend of the entertainment industry. Across a career spanning almost eight decades, the actress has turned in one memorable performance after another. The oldest living Disney Legend celebrated her milestone 100th birthday on October 5 while shedding some pearls of wisdom for everyone. ABC7 caught up with the actress on the momentous occasion. She shared her feelings about turning 100 and looked back on her long career. The actress is known for her role as Winifred Banks in the movie "Mary Poppins" (1964), where she sang "Sister Suffragette." Towards the end of her career, she appeared in projects like "The Ref" (1994), "While You Were Sleeping" (1995) and "Superstar" (1999).

Image Source: South African-born British actress, singer and dancer Glynis Johns and American songwriter and musician Sammy Cahn (1913-1993) attend the after party that followed the 30th annual Theatre World Awards, New York City, New York, 30th May 1974. (Photo by Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)
Image Source: South African-born British actress, singer and dancer Glynis Johns and American songwriter and musician Sammy Cahn (1913-1993) attend the after party that followed the 30th annual Theatre World Awards, New York City, New York, 30th May 1974–Getty Images | Bettmann Archive

In the interview, the actress, who became known in her heyday for her husky voice, revealed that she did not feel much of a difference while welcoming the big 100. Her 10 decades on the planet, during which she worked on 60 films and 30 plays, felt the same to her. She added, “Well, I looked very good for every age.” The conversation touched upon her long career and how she managed it.

She shared, “I’ve been working at something ever since I was born, I think.” One of the biggest moments in her career came when she bagged an Academy Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress for "The Sundowners." A Golden Globe nomination followed in 1963. In the movie, she played Mrs. Firth. The actress also became a Tony Award winner for her performance in "A Little Night Music."

Image Source: Actress Davd Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Matthew Garber, Karen Dotrice in a scene from the movie
Image Source: David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Matthew Garber, Karen Dotrice in a scene from the movie "Mary Poppins"–Getty Images | Donaldson Collection

It is clear that even at this age, the beauty has not lost her zeal for life. On being reminded of her Oscar nominations, she humorously replied, "I am glad you reminded me." Recalling how the performances made her feel, she said: "I got applause for that. I loved doing it. I felt it." The interviewer remarked that her work will always stay with people, making them feel a million emotions. "What a lovely thought," the actress replied. "That's what I hoped."

Image Source: 4th October 1947: Glynis Johns as a mermaid in a scene from the film 'Miranda', directed by Ken Annakin for GFD / Gainsborough. Original Publication: Picture Post - 4457 - A Mermaid Has Tail Trouble - pub. 1947 (Photo by Kurt Hutton/Picture Post/Getty Images)
Image Source: 4th October 1947: Glynis Johns as a mermaid in a scene from the film 'Miranda', directed by Ken Annakin for GFD / Gainsborough. Original Publication: Picture Post - 4457 - A Mermaid Has Tail Trouble - pub. 1947–Getty Images | Kurt Hutton | Picture Post

Johns loved her craft and pursued it to the best of her abilities for as long as she could. While talking about her love for acting, she shared with the Los Angeles Times, "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, and do physiotherapy for my dental problems. More specifically, I had to decide 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."

Image Source: 1951: James Stewart (1908 - 1997) with Glynis Johns in a scene from the film 'No Highway', adapted from the Nevil Shute novel. TItled 'No Highway In The Sky' in the US, the film was directed by Henry Koster for 20th Century Fox. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Image Source: 1951: James Stewart (1908 - 1997) with Glynis Johns in a scene from the film 'No Highway', adapted from the Nevil Shute novel. Titled 'No Highway In The Sky' in the US, the film was directed by Henry Koster for 20th Century Fox–Getty Images | Hulton Archive

According to IMDb, the actress married four times and had one son, actor Gareth Forwood, who unfortunately passed away at the age of 62. Thomas Forwood, Johns's grandson, is now in pursuit of getting his legendary grandmother a well-deserved damehood. In his interview with MailOnline, he said, "It would be fitting on this occasion for the UK government to formally acknowledge her cultural contribution by making her a Dame. I look at other actors like, for example, Dame Joan Collins or Dame Penelope Keth, Dame Maureen Lipman or Dame Joanna Lumley, who have been honored in this way. And while I would never seek to diminish their achievements, I do feel that in this context, it's clear that Glynis has been overlooked."



 

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