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Encyclopedia Sabrina (Norma Ann Sykes)

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Norma Ann Sykes,
Sabrina Melsheimer

19 May 1936 - 24 November 2016

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12 April 2019

Sabby in a beehive on a bed

A new beehive photo, circa 1960

27 March 2019

Today, I thought, "Who would most likely mention Sabrina?" The answer, obviously, was teenage boys. And where better to look for Sabrina-based contemplations? School magazines! And in 1959 we hit paydirt over and over!

10 May 1959 - From 'Echoes', The Coburg High School Magazine, Vol.XIV. 1959. (Victoria, Australia). P.18.

After a free lunch from the big canteen we got two buses to Long Gully, about 12 miles up in the Adelaide Hills. The view coming back was astounding, quite apart from the fact that "Sabrina" drove past in a car. Our days were full of enjoyment and this one was no exception, for the social that night was a great success.

From The Fort Street Girls' High School Magazine, Vol 5, no.17. October 1959. p.29 (New South Wales, Australia)


Our 59th Annual Sports Carnival was held on 12th June [1959] at Waverley Oval. This year, in addition to the usual events, three more were introduced. They were the Junior and Senior Long Jump, Hurdles and the March Past. During lunch time, the Fifth Years displayed their prowess at football in the grudge match of the season, the "Fort Street Terrors" against the "Saints". The world-famous celebrity, Sabrina, gave the kick-off, but she was forgotten in the stampede which resulted when it was announced that Elvis Presley had arrived at Mascot.

Editorial notes: 'Mascot' is Sydney's international airport. Since Elvis never came to Australia, the claim that Sabrina attended the sports day must also be subject to reasonable doubt!



Norma Ann Sykes D.Litt (Hon) was the voluptuous British Stockport lass who became Sabrina and accomplished above the hips what Elvis accomplished below.

She was the Cheshire cheese-cake pinup, actress, singer, cabaret star, publicity pioneer, and sex-queen who didn't like to be touched.

She was a 'dumb blonde' who was a genius at self-promotion, an ill-educated teenager because of lengthy hospital stays, and an honorary Doctor of Letters with an impossibly-proportioned figure.

A victim of polio, mocked for her lack of talent and excess of bosom, she became an international phenomenon who dated princes; charmed dictators, the public and cynical reporters; and generated more myths, lies, legends and throbbing memories than anyone else of her era.

She's Our Sabrina.

Sabrina heads into court to sue the author and publisher of 'Cinderella Nightingale'

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Sabrina- Norma Ann Sykes - was the impossibly-proportioned darling of Britain, the cast of the Goon Show, and most discerning testosterone-enabled beings during the 1950s and 1960s.

Falling more or less accidentally into an industry for which she was - at first - unqualified, she endured, trained, paid her dues, and thrived to become the biggest, least talented, most photographed celebrity of her day.

Was she, as she herself once said, just a dumb blonde with a 42½ inch bust and a 19 inch waist? Or was she an pioneering promotional genius with a native sense of publicity that would make most agents weep with envy?

Please enjoy the phenomenon that was our Sabrina who - until 24 November 2016 - was alive, gorgeous, and fairly well in Hollywood, and in contact with the Sabrina Site!

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See all the Sabrina News since the site began.

Peruse a Word from the Webmaster, explaining why on earth I created this site in the first place.


You're new here?
You're frightened, confused, overwhelmed by the sheer hugeness of Sabrinastuff? I would not be surprised.
Here's a good place to start your Sabrina experience.

The Life Story of Sabrina
Could there be a miniseries in this?
Vince Gilligan, let's do lunch.


Photos- literally thousands of them. Let's face it: Sabrina was not camera-shy.

Vintage magazines and newspaper articles - hundreds to peruse. Let's face another fact: Sabrina was not averse to publicity, and there was a fascinating farrago of Fleet Street facts and fantasy. Read all of it; believe half of it. Cry out "Bloody Nora!" over the other half.

Sabrina's movies. All ten of them. She was always perfectly cast.

  • Stock Car (1955)
  • Blue Murder at St. Trinian's (1956)
  • Ramsbottom Rides Again (1956)
  • Just My Luck (1957)
  • Make Mine a Million (1959)
  • Satan in High Heels (1962)
  • House of (the) Black Death (1965)
  • The Phantom Gunslinger (1967)
  • Mountains of the Moon (1967) with Tarzan!
  • The Ice House (1969)


Sabrina in Australia 1959 and in 1961


Sabrina in Court - Litigious Sabrina spent quite some time in court - find out why.


Sabrina in the modern press

Sabrina in recent books

Social Commentary on Sabrina

Sabrina University - academic interest in Sabrina


Potential future shrines at known Sabrina residences

  • 1936-05-19 - 25 Buckingham St, Heaviley, Stockport, England [photo]
  • 1948 (approx) - 1 Saville Rd, Blackpool, England (parents' B&B) [photo]. Watch Stevie Page's video.
  • 1955-09-27 - 233 Elgin Avenue, Maida Vale, London, W.9 [photo] [from a letter sent to a fan]
  • 1960-08-01 - Sutton Place, NY. [Earl Wilson]
  • 1968-08-01 - Woodland Hills, LA, USA [from a court record]
  • 1968-10-07 - 5432 Calhoun Ave, Sherman Oaks, CA, USA [from a burglary article]
  • 1984-12-19 - Hortense St, West Toluca Lake, CA, USA


Sabrina's Live Cabaret Shows

  • Chiswick Empire 1955
  • French Capers - 1955
  • This'll Make You Laugh - 1956
  • Pleasures of Paris (London) 1957
  • Pleasures of Paris (Australia) 1958-9
  • Showgirls - 1961


Sabrina's songs. It's not a large discography, but a memorable one.


Sabrina's plays on stage. Legitimate theatre, darrrrrrling!

  • Pajama Tops (1965-1966 in Baltimore and St Louis)
  • The Loving Couch (1966)
  • Rattle of a Simple Man (1966)


The Sabrina interviews - by phone, by me.
Also see In Touch with Sabrina - my contacts with Sabrina.


Sabrina references on radio (featuring steam-powered Goon Show references to Sabrina - where this site began!)

Sabrina was an object of fascination and unbridled lust to the Goons - especially author Spike Milligan. Uncover the cryptic references to Sabrina that have puzzled some younger listeners, and forced older listeners to call the nurse and draw the brown paper screens.


Sabrina in the Newsreels - from the days before TV news, the stars appeared before the feature film in the cinema.
And Sabrina was often there.

Sabrina and Stirling Moss 1958


Sabrina's Short Films. When gentlemen's clubs needed to see Sabrina washing her hair, or going to bed!


Sabrina on TV - Before Your Very Eyes, and in America.


Sabrina's advertising was a powerful attractant to men who had trousers bulging... with fat wallets.
Of particular importance is Sabrina's infamous Caltex ad - still popping fly buttons 50 years later.


Readers' Memories of Sabrina.

The knees may be older, and arthritic, but many still tremble with memories of Sabrina.

Some of these memories are publishable.


Odd things about Sabina: some are very odd indeed


Did you date Sabrina? (Yeah, yeah. Sure you did.).
Anyway, these big names really dated Sabrina.


The Elite BOOBS Society - Best Of Our Beautiful Sabrina - for discerning and deserving gentlefolk only.
Since 2013, a closed society. Sorry.

Countess Anastasia Arden of West Siberia - Registered Sabrinafan #2

Countess Anastasia Arden of West Siberia - Registered Sabrinafan #2.


The Sabrina Hall of Fame
Join this pantheon of honoured contributors - earn a prestigious Sabrina Honour.


How to spot the real Sabrina - don't be distracted by second-best. Here are some ways to identify the real Sabrina.

Donalda Jordan

No. That's not Sabrina.


Sabrina Collectibles. Genuine? Maybe, maybe not... OK. Probably not.


Site History - everything that has been done to this site, since like forever.


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You might be wondering what the golden keys are doing beneath many of the images on this site. They are reminders of the previous programme "Best Of Our Beautiful Sabrina" scheme by which contributors could gain access to unique high-resolution, unwatermarked images or very large videos that were too expensive in terms of storage and bandwidth to offer to everyone. Sadly, there were too many cases of people contributing a little and then reselling the quality Sabrinastuff online.

The B.O.O.B.S. program was suspended for new subscribers from 8 August 2013. Previous VIP members may still access VIP material using the golden keys. You can still support all things Sabrina by contributing using the link below.

But continued, passionate, or outstanding services to Sabrina, such as those by the lovely Countess Anastasia of West Siberia may still earn VIP status.


Stage name: Sabrina (origins of the name)
Real name:

Born Norma Ann Sykes
After marriage, Sabrina Melsheimer

Born: 19 May 1936 in Heaviley, Stockport, Cheshire, England.
She was not born in Blackpool or Wales in 1933 or 1938.
Measurements: 42½-18-36 (the trademark "½" was vital. It set her apart from her competition).

"The Hunchfront of Lime Grove"
"The British Bosom"
"The Careless Cleavage"
"Britain's Jayne Mansfield"
"Britain's finest hourglass"
"England's Maid of the Mountains"
"Queen of the Big Top"
"The Juliet with the Built-in Balcony"
"The average Englishman's Goddess of Glamour."
"Poor photographer's model"
"British TV's first sex symbol"
"The Shape"
"La Busto" - Cuban Press
"Blondely bulbous non-actress" - Encyclopedia of British Film.

In the words of Raymond Chandler, Sabrina had curves “to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window”.

Career span: Working years: 1954-1969.
Golden years: 1955-1959

Pinup star, TV celebrity, stage actress, singer, film and TV actor, cabaret and concert performer, self-publicity. Driving [MP3]. Cooking [MP3].

Current status:

Sabrina died on 24 November 2016. Since then, she has not been quite as gorgeous as she was before, but our memories of her burn brightly. Her ashes were spread in a secret location in England.

Do not believe the post-mortem crap published by the Daily Mail. Their vicious calumny is biased and often factually incorrect - probably a puerile and vindictive reaction caused by their now-defunct sister publisher The Mail on Sunday which published defamatory lies about Sabrina and were later forced to retract them. The snivelling cowards now prey on Sabrina's memory now she cannot defend herself.

I dream of photographing those Daily Mail so-called journalists when they are 80 years old and in need of love and care. Let's see how they and their loved ones revel in the publicity of their vulnerability. The editors, staff and culture of the Daily Mail sicken me. Their vilification of our Sabrina is nauseating and craven. They deserve to be slapped in the face on every possible opportunity for their disgraceful cowardice and disrespect.
If you see them slithering along the street, please feel free to slap them on my behalf.



BulletIf you have found Sabrina stuff, I would be delighted if you contacted me. Yes, even after the site's retirement I am open to exciting new finds. There are precious few undiscovered pictures still to be on the internet but I'm sure there are still a few knees trembling out there, especially in the UK, and those knee-owners may have a buried Sabrina treasure or two in the sock drawer. This is an international philanthropic enterprise, for the benefit of red-blooded males everywhere!

BulletYoung men: go to your aged fathers and grandfathers and say, "Do you remember Sabrina?" If their eyes glaze over and they start drooling, let me know. Personal recollections of Sabrina are valuable.

BulletYou! Yes, you, laddy! I recognise YOU. You were a knee-trembler of the Sabrina generation. This is what you do. Wait 'til the missus is out and rummage through your secret stash of goodies you don't think she knows about. There may just be a magazine, photo or love letter related to Sabrina. Perhaps you have one of these elusive goodies stashed away under your pyjamas?  If you find something, steady your trembling fingers and let me know.

(Puts "Land of Hope and Glory" on gramophone)

Go to it, lads! Sabrina is the last great unexploded bombshell from the busty, blonde 1950s.
We cannot let her memory sink into the abyss of forgotten legends.
We owe it to our sons and grandsons!

(Wipes tear from eye.)

And the final appeal is from Sabrina herself (from Mountains of the Moon)

Thank you - thank you all!

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Queen Sabrina
All hail Queen Sabrina!
(Click her to see her full size)


Thank you for visiting, and I hope some happy memories and loins have been stirred.

Many people have gone "Corrrr - blimey - I remember those!" since the first Sabrina page was created at nylon.net on 16 June 2000.
And the page is still here, even though Sabrina isn't.
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But many glasses of Cabernet Merlot suffered horribly since 2000.
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