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What I Think About Men
TV Mirror, October 13, 1956
LADIES and any gentlemen who may be in the audience listening to me as I stand on this TV MIRROR Soap-Box !
Because I did not utter a single word when I first appeared on television, the idea got around that I would have to start on words of one syllable and work my way up!
Now I have stepped on to the Soap-Box to address you on the subject of MEN. And that's a one-syllable word to begin with. People talk as if men have a special reaction to just seeing me, and as if I understand that reaction and know all about it.
Frankly, I don't. Most of the TV world now knows
my real name is not Sabrina, but Norma Sykes. Sabrina is a glamorous name.
Norma is just one name in a million. And my eternal problem IS that professionally
I have to remain "Sabrina." Yet in my inner, private self I
am Norma Sykes, whose head
I know I'm talking about myself, and not about men. But if you want to know what Norma Sykes really thinks and feels about men, then you must first try to understand the things that make up the real "me." Otherwise the whole thing becomes a falsie... And that's foreign to my nature, I assure you!
In my life as Sabrina I am surrounded by men, crowded by men, engulfed with men. But as Norma Sykes I'm quite lonely. I have many boy friends, but no "steady." The reason for this is that a long time ago I set high standards for myself, and today I like to see those same standards reflected in my friends -especially my men friends.
The other day I was delighted to switch on the
radio to the Bob Hope hour and hear Bob describe Zsa Zsa Gabor as "the
Sabrina of Hollywood." I've only been in the business a little over
a year, so while I still walk in the public limelight of 'Sabrina,"
most of my private longings and likings are those of Norma. I've had plenty
of boy-friends whom I've been happy to date with again. But nobody permanent.
It seems to be harder than ever to find a man measuring up to my standards.
Richard Egan: was replaced by an little chap called Elvis in the starring role in "Love Me Tender"
Sabrina and Johnny Ray from
But I've never met him in person, and maybe he's happily married already! As a general type, I go for the Johnny Rays. I like men to be dynamic.
I do not think foreigners have much to teach Britons.
Personally I haven't much use for suave "Continental" polish.
I'm never likely to be swept off my feet by an Italian count. Much of
that supposed continental gentility always looks phoney to me. And I hate
A big part of my make-up is still very romantic;
well, why not, for I'm still only a kid. So I want a man who knows how
to love. And to go on loving...
I expect a man to be a good provider. The world generally rewards a man according to his work, and I want a man who does a worthwhile job. I'll probably go on working, anyway. I've worked since I was a child, and would probably be unhappy if I stopped.
Although I've not so far met my ideal man (and Hollywood's such a long way, Mr. Egan!), I keep discovering in different men I meet the elements of what I hope to find all lumped together in one gorgeous masculine frame.
For instance, I like my father's interest in sport
... I love Arthur Askey's sense of fun, which is such powerful armour
against worry ... I adore the artistry of my friend Hutt, the cartoonist
and portrait painter
They write to me the most stupid things, and call me their "Queen of the undieworld." Men of this sort live in a strange world of which I want to know nothing. I suppose their own private and home lives are so drab and dull they seek escape. If I were REALLY to meet them and accept their proposals. most of them would be scared stiff !
You might like to visit the Dating Sabrina page to see who she DID go out with!
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