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My Night Out with Sabrina
Photoplay, September 1958
by Peter Tipthorp
It was just after midnight and Sabrina and I were weaving our way through
the back-streets of Soho in her aircraft- carrier sized car hunting for
a suitable night spot to go gay*.
After narrowly missing a stationary car
- One of these days
I'll hit one that's moving ...
Now where's this damn night-club?
" Now where's this damn night-club? Or do you want to drive around these wretched streets all night? " she asked. Fifteen minutes later we arrived.
" Thank goodness, " Sabrina gasped as we pulled up. " I could do with a drink. " I said she wasn't the only one.
It was an elegant place. Crowded. Smoky. Bright. And as we slipped behind a table there was a pause in the chatter and eyes turned in our direction. I felt thankful I had asked Sabrina to wear what she calls her "disguise dress." It only reveals five inches of cleavage.
Nevertheless she was instantly recognised, proving that the public eye gets around a bit more than it is given credit for.
I don't like octopus
" Don’t you get tired of people staring at you? " I whispered.
A girl appeared. She was wearing a magnificent Spanish dress and
she proceeded to entertain with a flamenco dance.
" What a country Spain is, " she said. " The people there have so much feeling. They are so warm. "
" Do you know any Spaniards? " I
I love a good cry
" Do you go to the pictures often? "
People think I'm cold and frigid
This makes people think I'm cold and
frigid. Nothing could be further from the truth. I would never
hurt anyone intentionally.
Of course, that's the trouble with the world today. " " What? " I
" I suppose, " I said, " that in your business you see a lot of hurt feelings? "
I put my mink straight back on and walked out
" I do. I went to a personal appearance
once and when I arrived I was told that Diana Dors was coming,
but couldn't make it.
The chicken and the two bottles of wine arrived and Sabrina tucked in as only she knows how. She was relaxed now.
I could write a book about it if I could write
" Tell me about your trip to America, " I said.
He's in love with himself: Like me.
" Did you go out with your old buddy Steve Cochrane? "
A little folly does no harm
" It must have been quite something, " I
Sabrina informed me that not everyone she met in America showed
her respect. She was shopping one day in New York-living it up like
a real tourist-and
she stopped a man to ask him the quickest way to the underground.
" Drop dead, " he replied and went hastily on his way.
A cod-like grin
We were interrupted by a gentleman from the band, a small fellow
with a beard and a face that wore a cod-like grin.
That Prince Christian...
" I reckon that's why I haven't found a man I'd like to marry. I can't love a man I don't respect. That Prince Christian**, for instance. He rang me up every day. Every day! I got ear-ache listening to him. "
We talked and drank and she told me she has several film offers
she intends to take up when her West End show ends later in the year.
Sabrina stopped on the pavement and gazed at it.
I'm learning fast
"Isn't it something? " she said. " I suppose I'm quite rich, really. The amazing thing is I have got this far without any talent. Let's face it - I haven't even got much personality. But I'm learning fast. "
We slipped into the car. Then she adjusted her mink stole and we drove into the night.
* It's not known whether they managed to "go gay" or not. :-)
** Prince Christian - Danish Royal Family - (For Americans, that's in Denmark - way north of California!). Full title: Christian Oskar of Hanover (Duke of Brunswick-Luneburg) 1919-1981. Married 1963 (this gave him 5 years to get over Sabrina at the time of this article), to Mireille Dutry (divorced 1976). . About 39 years old in 1958. Sabrina was about 22.
You know... if it wasn't for Sabrina, I wouldn't know nearly as much about the history of the Danish royal family. Ed.
Hear Sabrina talk about her royal connections - including the Princes Phillip and Charles.
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