The legendary movie star Sally Ann Howes, best known for her role as Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, has passed away at the age of ninety-one years old.
And people around the world are truly heartbroken.
Jefferey Sherman, who is the son of Robert Sherman, the writer of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, has also shared his heartbreak at the news.
He said that his “heart is broken” after hearing of the death of the actress.
“Another artistic genius and diva has left us,” he began.
“Dad and Dick adored this woman who gave life to so many of their heartfelt songs in Chitty.
“Doll on a Music Box, Truly Scrumptious, Toot Sweets, Hushabye Mountain, and especially for me, her rendition of the magnificent Lovely Lonely Man,” he continued on.
“God. This is tough.
“Age had not touched Truly Scrumptious. She was gorgeous and regal. And the way she beamingly addressed me, I felt she was as happy to meet me as I was her. That is class,” he said of meeting her.
“Anyway, Sally, thank you for immortalizing agruably one of my dad and uncle’s greatest and most beloved films and song scores.
“I’m so happy and grateful you were a big part of my family’s journey.
Safe travels and please give dad a big hug for me,” he heartwarmingly finished.
Sally Ann Howes was a remarkable actress.
And although she’s most known for her phenomenal role as Truly in the 1968 musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, she’s done so much more.
Including Brigadoon, a film, where the village of Brigadoon is under a magic spell, only appearing once every 100 years.
2 men, whose cars break down in Scotland, follow Fiona, who Sally Ann Howes famously played, and another woman back to Brigadoon, with 1 falling for Fiona, even though he is engaged. After they leave the village, Fiona is still on the mind of the engaged man, and so, he reunites with her in the end.
For this film, she was nominated a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical.
Sally Ann Howes talked fondly of her time as a character in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang…
Saying in a 2010 interview that if she were to describe the film, she’d say:
“If you put Mary Poppings together with James Bond, this would be their child.”
And she even said that it was a “joy” that she didn’t have to audition for the role as Truly, because she “never gets anything” she auditions for, expressing:
“I’m terrible. I get kind of frozen, you know, and I become terribly English, and they think ‘who’s this cold woman’ and I’m not a bit like that, I have a good time.”
But she wasn’t just a remarkable actress, she was a beautiful soul, too.
Adopting the 2 sons of her 2nd husband Richard Adler, who was an American lyricist and a producer of several Broadway shows.
Howes’s late husband, Douglas Rae, who she married in 1972, passed away in September of this year.
Howes was born to Bobby Howes, a British comedian, actor and singer, and Patricia Malone, an actress and singer in 1930.
So, it’s safe to say that the art of acting was in her blood.
Howes transformed the childhoods of many, and put a smile on millions of people around the world throughout her career.
She will truly be missed by all who enjoyed her work.
Rest in peace, Sally Ann Howes.