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Glynis Johns (centre) starred in the film Mary Poppins. Pic: Rex/Everett/Shutterstock
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Glynis Johns, the actress who played Mrs Banks in 1964 film Mary Poppins, has died.

The British actress, born in South Africa, was 100 years old.

She played Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music, for which she won a Tony in 1973 for Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns”.


Her manager said she died on Thursday at an assisted living home in Los Angeles of natural causes.

Mitch Clem said: “Today’s a sad day for Hollywood. She is the last of the last of old Hollywood.”

Johns took on multi-faceted roles and became known for being a perfectionist.

“As far as I’m concerned, I’m not interested in playing the role on only one level,” she said in 1990. “The whole point of first-class acting is to make a reality of it. To be real. And I have to make sense of it in my own mind in order to be real.”

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