- Sally Ann Howes, who started her acting career as a child actress before starring alongside Dick Van Dyke in the 1968 film “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” has passed away.
Sally Ann Howes, who began her career as a child actor before starring alongside Dick Van Dyke in the 1968 film “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” has died. She was 91 years old when she died.
In an interview with the Press Association on Wednesday, her son Andrew Hart Adler confirmed his mother’s death. Toby Howes, her nephew, said on Twitter that the family hoped she could “hold on” until the Christmas screening of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” but she died peacefully in her sleep instead.
The cause of Howes’ death remains unknown.
According to the New York Times, she died on Sunday in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Howes, an English actress, made her big-screen debut at the age of 12 in the 1943 film “Thursday’s Child,” She played a schoolgirl who became a successful actor. Her parents, Bobby Howes and Patricia Malone are both actors, and she comes from a long line of them.
Howes appeared in over 140 films, musicals, plays, and television projects over five decades, including the screen adaptations of Charles Dickens’ “Nicholas Nickleby” and “The History of Mr. Polly.” Her most famous role was Truly Scrumptious in the “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” which became a holiday favorite.
In the United Kingdom, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” was frequently broadcast on Christmas Day.
Howes made a name for him in the world of theatre. In 1962, she was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in “Brigadoon” at the New York City Opera. She spent the latter part of her career in the theatre. In 1992, she made her final screen appearance in the limited series “Secrets.”
Source: CTV News
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