Sally Ann Howes, who started out as a child actress before she starred in the 1968 film “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” with Dick Van Dyke, has died. She is 91 years old.
Her son, Andrew Hart Adler, confirmed his mother’s death in an interview with the Press Association on Wednesday. He said the family hoped Howes could “hold on” until the Christmas screening of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, but the actor’s grandson said she eventually died peacefully in her sleep. .
Howes’ cause of death has not yet been released.
The New York Times reported that she died in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, on Sunday.
Howes, an English actress, began her career on the big screen at the age of 12 in the 1943 film “Saturday’s Child”, where she played a schoolgirl turned successful actress. She comes from an acting lineage that includes her parents, Bobby Howes and Patricia Malone.
Over five decades, Howes has appeared in more than 140 films, musicals, plays and television projects, including the screen adaptations of “Nicholas Nickleby” and “The History of Mr. Polly” by Charles Dickens. She made her biggest splash with her portrayal of the Really Fine character in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” which has become a holiday favorite.
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” is usually broadcast on Christmas Day in the United Kingdom.
Howes made his mark on the theater scene. She received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in “Brigadoon” at the New York City Opera House in 1962. The latter part of her career was devoted to theatre. She last appeared on screen in the limited series “Secret” in 1992.
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