‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ actor Sally Ann Howes dies at 91

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This Sept. 8, 1961 file photo shows Broadway composer Richard Adler, left, and his wife actress-singer Sally Ann Howes in New York. Adler, who won Tony Awards for co-writing the songs for such hit musicals as “The Pajama Game” and “Damn Yankees,” died Thursday, June 21, 2012 at his home in Southampton, N.Y., according to his family. He was 90. Some of Adler’s biggest songs are “You Gotta Have Heart,” “Hey, There,” “Hernando’s Hideaway,” “Whatever Lola Wants,” “Steam Heat,” “Rags to Riches,” and “Everybody Loves a Lover.” (AP Photo, file)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Sally Ann Howes, who played as a child actor before she later starred in the 1968 film “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” with Dick Van Dyke, has died. She was 91.

Her son Andrew Hart Adler confirmed his mother’s death in an interview with the Press Association on Wednesday.

The English actor began her career on the big screen at the age of 12. In five decades, Howes made appearances in more than 140 films, musicals, plays and television projects.

She made her biggest splash as the character Truly Scrumptious in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” which became a holiday favorite.

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