Cinema in mourning, centenarian Glynis Johns dies: she was the mother in “Mary Poppins”

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British actress Glynis Johns, known for playing Winifred Banks in Disney’s 1964 film “Mary Poppins”, has died at the age of 100., wife of George Banks (David Tomlinson), an upright London banker, who needs a nanny (Julie Andrews) to take care of her two children. The news was announced by Mitch Clem, her manager. The actress passed away last Thursday in a retirement home in Los Angeles from natural causes. “Today is a sad day for Hollywood,” Clem said. “She is the last of the last of old Hollywood.” In “Mary Poppins” the actress memorably performs the song “Sister Suffragette”. During a career spanning more than 60 years in theater, film and TV, she won a Tony Award for her role in “A Little Night Music” and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress and Nominee also at the Golden Globe.