Biography

A retired husky voiced British stage, television and film actress, dancer, pianist, and singer. Born on October 6, 1923 in Pretoria, South Africa as Glynis Margaret P. Johns, while her parents were on tour. She is the daughter of actor Mervyn Johns and Alice (Alyce) Maud Steele Wareham (1901 - 1970) who was an Australian concert pianist. Another source gives the spelling of her name as Alys Maude Steel-Payne. Glynis was always proud of her Welsh roots and took delight in playing the female lead (opposite Richard Burton) in the classic Under Milk Wood (1971). She is best known for her light comedy roles and often playful flirtation and creating the role of Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music on Broadway, for which she won a Tony Award, and for her role as the suffragette mother Winifred Banks in Walt Disney's musical motion picture box office smash Mary Poppins (1964). In both roles, she sang songs written specifically for her, including "Send in the Clowns", composed by Stephen Sondheim, and "Sister Suffragette", written by the Sherman Brothers. 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). She was nominated for an Oscar for her work in the 1960 film The Sundowners. She is notable for the breathy quality of her husky voice and her eternally upbeat persona.

A retired husky voiced British stage, television and film actress, dancer, pianist, and singer. Born on October 6, 1923 in Pretoria, South Africa as Glynis Margaret P. Johns, while her parents were on tour. She is the daughter of actor Mervyn Johns and Alice (Alyce) Maud Steele Wareham (1901 - 1970) who was an Australian concert pianist. Another source gives the spelling of her name as Alys Maude Steel-Payne. Glynis was always proud of her Welsh roots and took delight in playing the female lead (opposite Richard Burton) in the classic Under Milk Wood (1971). She is best known for her light comedy roles and often playful flirtation and creating the role of Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music on Broadway, for which she won a Tony Award, and for her role as the suffragette mother Winifred Banks in Walt Disney's musical motion picture box office smash Mary Poppins (1964). In both roles, she sang songs written specifically for her, including "Send in the Clowns", composed by Stephen Sondheim, and "Sister Suffragette", written by the Sherman Brothers. 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). She was nominated for an Oscar for her work in the 1960 film The Sundowners. She is notable for the breathy quality of her husky voice and her eternally upbeat persona.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 78

Birthday 1923-10-05

Place of Birth Pretoria, South Africa

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2013 Six by Sondheim as Herself (archive footage)
2004 Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: The Making of 'Mary Poppins'
1999 Superstar as Grandma
1995 While You Were Sleeping as Elsie
1994 The Secret Garden as Darjeeling (voice)
1994 The Ref as Rose Chasseur
1988 Nukie as Sister Anne
1988 Zelly and Me as Co-Co
1988 Coming of Age (16 episodes)
1988 Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School as Ms. Grimwood (voice)
1984 Murder, She Wrote (1 episode)
1982 Little Gloria... Happy at Last (2 episodes) as Laura Fitzpatrick Morgan
1982 Cheers (1 episode)
1977 Three Dangerous Ladies as Mrs. Amworth
1975 Mrs. Amworth as Mrs. Amworth
1974 The Happy Prince as Swallow (voice)
1973 The Vault of Horror as Eleanor Critchit (segment 2 "The Neat Job")
1972 Under Milk Wood as Myfanwy Price
1969 Lock Up Your Daughters as Mrs Squeezum
1968 Don't Just Stand There as Sabine Manning
1966 Batman (2 episodes)
1965 Dear Brigitte as Vina Leaf
1964 Mary Poppins as Mrs. Winnifred Banks
1963 Glynis (14 episodes)
1963 Burke's Law (1 episode)
1963 Vacation Playhouse (1 episode) as Glynis Granville
1963 Papa's Delicate Condition as Amberlyn Griffith
1962 The Chapman Report as Teresa Harnish
1962 The Lloyd Bridges Show (1 episode)
1962 The Cabinet of Caligari as Jane Lindstrom
1962 The Beachcomber (1 episode)
1961 Dr. Kildare (1 episode)
1960 The Sundowners as Mrs. Gert Firth
1960 The Spider's Web as Clarissa Hailsham-Brown
1960 The Roaring 20's (1 episode)
1959 Adventures in Paradise (1 episode)
1959 Shake Hands with the Devil as Kitty Brady
1958 Naked City (1 episode)
1958 Another Time, Another Place as Kay Trevor
1957 All Mine to Give as Jo Eunson
1956 Around the World in Eighty Days as Sporting Lady's Companion
1956 Loser Takes All as Cary
1955 The Court Jester as Maid Jean
1955 Josephine and Men as Josephine Luton
1954 Mad About Men as Caroline Trewella / Miranda Trewella
1954 The Beachcomber as Martha Jones
1954 The Seekers as Marion Southey
1954 Rob Roy, The Highland Rogue as Helen Mary MacPherson MacGregor
1954 The Weak and the Wicked as Jean Raymond
1953 Personal Affair as Barbara Vining
1953 The Sword and the Rose as Princess Mary Tudor
1953 The Academy Awards (1 episode)
1953 General Electric Theater (1 episode)
1952 The Card as Ruth Earp
1951 Appointment with Venus as Nicola Fallaize
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1 episode)
1951 No Highway as Marjorie Corder
1951 Encore as Stella Cotman
1951 Flesh and Blood as Katherine Manley
1951 The Magic Box as May Jones
1950 State Secret as Lisa Robinson
1950 Your Show of Shows (1 episode)
1949 Dear Mr. Prohack as Mimi Warburton
1949 Third Time Lucky as Joan Burns
1948 Studio One (1 episode)
1948 Miranda as Miranda Trewella
1947 An Ideal Husband as Miss Mabel Chiltern, Sir Robert's sister
1947 Frieda as Judy Dawson
1945 Perfect Strangers as Dizzy Clayton
1944 The Halfway House as Gwyneth
1943 The Adventures of Tartu as Paula Palacek
1941 49th Parallel as Anna
1940 The Thief of Bagdad as Princess's maid (uncredited)
1940 The Briggs Family as Sheila Briggs
1940 Under Your Hat as Winnie
1939 On the Night of the Fire as Mary
1938 Prison Without Bars as Nina
1938 South Riding as Midge Carne

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