Hollywood actress Sally Ann Howes has died in her sleep

Sally Ann Howes, 91, died in her sleep on Sunday. Her son Andrew Hart Adler confirmed the news on Wednesday in an interview.

Toby Howes, her nephew, also shared on Twitter how the family hoped she would “hold out” until the Christmas screening of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. But she died peacefully in her sleep.

Sally died in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on Sunday. The cause of Howes’ death is still not known.

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Howes, made her big screen debut at the age of 12 in the 1943 film Thursday’s Child, in which she played a schoolgirl who became a successful artist. Her parents, Bobby Howes and Patricia Malone are also actors, and she comes from a long line of them.

She has appeared in nearly 140 films, musicals, plays and television productions over five decades, including the film adaptations of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens and The Story of Mr. Polly.

Her most famous role was Truly Scrumptious in the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which became a Christmas staple in the UK.

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Howes also made a name for himself in the theater world. In 1962, she was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in Brigadoon at the New York City Opera.

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