SABRINA'S SECRET SHOCKER
What's the secret of Sabrina's fabulous success?
THE LONDON office of the Postal Censor for Great Britain was its usual,
quietly austere self that Winter morning. The members of the board, used
to many a bizarre offering crossing their desks, were passing on the propriety
of a number of questionable items with typical British understatement.'
Do -- won't do,' was the usual sole comment as they unemotionally separated
the zesty material into proper classification.
She admits she can't sing, dance or act, but she's a hit.
Here's how Britain's curvy Venus does it.
a loud gasp came from one of the censors
Suddenly, a loud gasp came from one of the censors. He
rose, a look of astonishment on his face. He was examining a deck of
ordinary playing cards, except that the backs were decorated with "art
studies" of beautiful girls. Nothing unusually shocking about that,
but one photo that caught his eye made him gasp with recognition. The
girl on the five of spades, a more than amply endowed blonde, was Britain's
famous star of stage, screen and television -- Sabrina !
Here's Sabrina on the playing card that shocked censors.
She put on a great act of indignation herself.
she's got a shrewd head on her shoulders
The story reached the press, and both Sabrina and her mother loudly bemoaned
this supposed blow to the curvy blonde's career. Of course, the publicity
did as much damage to Sabrina as the earlier calendar revelations had
done to Marilyn Monroe. An American actor [we assume it to be Steve
Cochran - Ed.] who got to know Sabrina quite well on a recent London
visit claimed Sabrina even welcomed the exposure. "She saw her chance
for a terrific piece of Marilyn Monroe kind of publicity and grabbed it,"
he grinned. "Nothing wrong in that. Sabrina may act like a dumb
blonde in public, but she's got a shrewd head on her shoulders."
Sabrina had been in show business only five months at
time of this foto, but was a hit of large dimensions.
That Sabrina's shrewd is apparent by her success. "I can't dance.
I can't sing. And I can't act," Sabrina will tell you candidly with
a breathtaking shrug of her beautiful shoulders. "But I'm making
a lot of money on the stage, in TV, and in films."
Her smash popularity in Europe has made Hollywood producers
line up with offers.
She could add that a year ago she was eating baked beans out of a can
and today dines royally on filet mignon and champagne at such ultra fashionable
London bistros as La Rue's and the Dorchester. Nor does she dine alone.
Of the impressive list of men eager to pick up the tabs, one, crooner
Johnnie Ray, gave the simplest explanation. "Lunching with you, Sabrina,"
he once told her, "the view is better than from that restaurant up
in the Eiffel Tower."
The curvy British beauty demonstrates strength of her
grip to actor Steve Cochran [sic]. Glass and bubbles fly as Sabrina
crushes champagne glass with a one-handed squeeze.
another article describe the blood-letting strongwoman act.
I'm just a dumb blonde
After posing for fotogs, Sabrina's rise seems to have begun backstage
at her very first TV show. Reporters spied her charms and asked what
she did in the show. "I don't know," she replied. "I'm
just a dumb blonde." That did it, and it's been doing it ever
Once she had clicked, Sabrina became the most photographed
girl in England.
Nowadays she likes to tell stories of her job hunting days as plain Norma
Sykes. She walked into the Labor Exchange, asked for a job as a maid.
The stunned clerk asked, "MMMilkmaid?" When his gaze finally
climbed to her face, Sabrina said, "No. Housemaid."
When she decided she wanted to learn the clarinet, top
musician Frank Weir was eager instructor. Both finally decided Sabrina
didn't need music talent to make her way.
She tells such tales with a wide-eyed innocence that pays off. Apparently
it's profitable to put on the dumb act but, of course, it helps to have
Sabrina's face and her fantastic figure.
Her widely known face is every bit as beautiful as her
figure is arresting.