Glynis Johns, the matriarch of 'Mary Poppins', dies at 100

British actress Glynis Johnswhich gave life to Winifred Banksthe matriarch of the film Mary Poppins (1964), died this Thursday in the city of Los Angeles (USA).

The death of Johns, who was born in the South African city of Pretoria in October 1923, was confirmed by the actress's agent, Mitch Clem.

Johns won a Tony Award for Best Actress in 1973. for her portrayal of Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music, a Broadway musical. The actress was also nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actress for The Sundowners (1961) and a Golden Globe for best actress for The Chapman Report (1963).

Matriarch in 'Mary Poppins' and feminist

But perhaps his best-known role was that of the matriarch and advocate of women's suffrage in Mary Poppins, the Walt Disney musical in which he shared the screen with Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.

Her portrayal of Jane and Michael Banks' mother, who hires the services of a magical nanny, Mary Poppins (Andrews), to care for her two children, It earned her a Laurel Award for Best Supporting Actress.

In a statement sent to the magazine Variety, Clem stated that with his death the golden age of Hollywood ends. Johns was the oldest actress in the Disney Legend Awards, Disney's hall of fame that recognizes those who have contributed the most to the company.

With his death, his co-star in Mary Poppins, Dick Van Dyke becomes the oldest actor at the Disney Legend Awards. Johns was also, since 2020, when Olivia de Havilland died, the oldest acting Oscar nominee.