SABRINA'S LUNCHEON WALK-OUT
Bad organisation and lack of diplomacy reaped a just reward at the Women of the Year Luncheon last week at the Savoy when Sabrina's walk-out got all the publicity.
Presumably invited because of her publicity value, Sabrina was initially given to understnad that she would be making a speech as one of the four chosen women of the the year.
Rather pleased at the honour, it seems, particularly when told the names of the other three, Sabrina spared no effort to match up to the occasion. She made arrangements to be specially released by her company so she could fly down from Blackpool for the event and she was coached in after-luncheon speaking.
With a pettiness curiously at odds with her eminence, it sheems that another of the invited speakers declined to appear upon the same bill as the prominent but normally non-vocal blonde artist. The public, but not Sabrina, was thereupon informed through a daily newspaper that she would not be speaking. So, the lunch concluded, Sabrina walked out.
The Press, invited no doubt because of their usefulness in getting people's names in papers, were treated with a similar lack of consideration. When the time came for the speeches, the doors were locked and the Press were curtly told that they must hear the speeches over a relay system in an adjoining room. The event was for charity — the Greater London Fund for the Blind — otherwise many members of the Press themselves would probably have walked out at this point. Gladys Morgan, who seconded the main speeches in a vote of thanks, spoke generously of the help she had received from her family. Dame Edith Evans, who made a bit as one of the main speakers on the subject, "Can the Career Woman Lead a Successful Double Life?" said her husband's reply to the question, "Do you want me to give up my career?" was "Well, no. I'd rather have you 20 per cent alive than 80 per cent dead, so you'd better carry on."
Alicia Markova, Catherine Boyle, Winifred Atwell, Kay Hammond and Avril Angers, were others at the luncheon, at which the Begum Shaispa Ikramullah and Rosamund Lehmann also spoke.