Born in South Africa and carried onstage by her violinist-impresario grandmother while the family's performing company was touring there
London stage debut, as Ursula in "Buckie's Bears"
Made feature film debut in the Victor Saville directed drama "South Riding"
Starred on the London stage at age 19 in the title role of "Peter Pan"
Delivered warm turn as the sister-in-law of German war bride "Frieda," adapted from the stage play
Scored a hit as a mermaid in "Miranda," adapted by playwright Peter Blackmore from his stage play; initial screen work with David Tomlinson
First film with father Mervyn Johns, "The Magic Box"; Tomlinson was also in the cast
Broadway debut in title role of "Gertie"
Reprised her mermaid role for the "Miranda" sequel "Mad About Men"
Returned to Broadway in title role of "Major Barbara," directed by Charles Laughton
Received an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her role as a hotelkeeper in "The Sundowners"; second film with her father
Acted opposite James Coburn in NBC adventure pilot "Safari," based on "The African Queen"
Starred as Glynis Granville on the CBS sitcom "Glynis"; network aired reruns during the summer of 1965
Played nutty suffragette wife of Tomlinson in "Mary Poppins"
Offered a standout turn as James Stewart's practical wife in "Dear Brigette"
Portrayed villainess Lady Penelope Peasoup on three episodes of the campy series "Batman" (ABC)
Had brief bit as screwball author in "Don't Just Stand There"
Joined the likes of Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and Peter O'Toole in film version of Dylan Thomas' "Under Milkwood"
Had a major hit on Broadway in the leading role of Desiree Armfeldt in the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical, "A Little Night Music"; introduced the contemporary standard "Send in the Clowns"; received a Tony Award for her performance
U.S. TV miniseries debut, "Little Gloria...Happy at Last" (NBC)
Appeared as the mother of Diane Chambers (Shelley Long) on an episode of the NBC sitcom "Cheers"
Played featured role of Trudie Pepper on the CBS sitcom "Coming of Age"
Returned to Broadway in a revival of the Somerset Maugham play "The Circle," starring opposite Rex Harrison and Stewart Granger
In Los Angeles revival of "A Little Night Music," undertook role of Madame Armfeldt (originated by Hermione Gingold), the mother of the character she created in the original; Lee Remick was to have played Desiree but withdrew because of illness and was replaced by Lois Nettleton
Essayed the 'Mom from Hell' in Ted Demme's "The Ref," starring Judy Davis, Kevin Spacey and Denis Leary
Portrayed Peter Gallagher's grandmother in the romantic comedy "While You Were Sleeping," starring Sandra Bullock
Starred in Horton Foote's play "A Coffin in Egypt" as a 90-year-old grand dame reminiscing about her life on and off a Texas ranch
Played grandmother to Mary Katherine Gallagher (Molly Shannon) in "Superstar"