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Why Sabrina stopped playing with playboys
'Uncensored' [published in USA]
Royalty and movie stars each found Sabrina fair. But when they got the boot was it due to loot? Or because a Hollywood Lothario got in her hair?
[Picture of Duke of Kent. Caption: Duke of Kent, Lunnon's #1 playboy reportedly wouldn't mind pressing suit for hand of shapely Sabrina]
[Picture of Johnny Ray. Caption: When Johnny Ray began to play with artist Novella Parigini it cost him dates with former pal, Sabrina.]
by Sean Flynn
ONE EVENING not long ago, a buxom blonde, weighing 140 pounds, appeared without warning on British television. No words preceded her entrance, and the entrancing blonde herself stood silent. Yet the effect was as shattering as a right cross to the button. The singular effect was marred only by noise made by a mass hitching of chairs closer to what the cathode tube was offering.
Who made this impressive debut? None other than Sabrina, the lass from Lancashire who has been called the most woman in England, giving her all for the first time for video. The event marked a new milestone in the career of this chubby-faced charmer who gained fame by being two inches bigger than Jane Russell and an inch larger than Monroe where it seems to count most.
Yet, despite the publicity her monumental proportions have brought her, the UNCENSORED fact is the British public-at-large knows little of the private life of one of its most solid citizens, including Diana Dors.
Dumb Blonde with Million Buck Look
To the average viewer, Sabrina seems a dumb blonde with a million dollar look. Nothing, though, could be further from the truth: for here is a doll who has really had it. She gained a form of notoriety through some playing cards that carried her famous frame in the nude, yet managed to survive to the point where today a million bucks isn't too far away.
Born in Lancashire just 23 years ago, Sabrina went to work early to augment the family income, since her parents, were people of very moderate means. Only too soon she found remarkable physical proportions were a liability. Today she can laugh about it, but it was no laughing matter in those days when she first went to the labor exchange for a job, as a maid. As the story goes, she told the clerk she wanted a post as a maid. The clerk took a double take. "M-m-milkmaid?", he stammered.
face reddened. "Housemaid," she said sharply, wondering
when the clerk was going to look her in the eye. She breathed a sigh
of relief when his gaze finally moved upward and he handed her an application.
Act or not, dumb or smart, Sabrina 's managed to parlay her figure into a fancy-figured salary. Only a year and a half ago, she was dining on kippers regularly, but dating from the time the episode of the nude playing cards hit, she had it made.
Even if she had never posed for the zesty pasteboards, her friends
are convinced Sabrina would have made it. "She's the kind of a girl
who can take anything that breaks," one recalls." And always
come back for more."
The place was a tiny studio, but Sabrina turned out to be just what the doctor ordered. For the job she received about three bucks, but posing in the altogether bothered her, so she never went back. The UNCENSORED fact is that she didn't know then that sbe was posing not for a few bob, but a career. The photos she made actually started her in show business.
[Picture of Steve: Caption: Steve Cochran was once top man on Sabrina's totem pole. Romance suddenly curdled.]
[Picture of the 5 of spades, only censored! - Caption: Playing card of Sabrina caused storm]
It was strictly accidental that Alex Sterling, the noted British glamor
photographer happened to see them. One squint at Sibrina's [sic] well-molded
architecture and he flipped. Summoned to Sterling's studio, Sabrina
at first demurred about posing but finally consented. The resultant
was viewed in London's picture magazines and the vox populi reacted
just the way photographer Sterling had. "It's impossible that she could
have remained hidden this long," a picture magazine editor told
UNCENSORED. "Even in a record cricket crowd she'd stand out."
Fortunately, Sabrina picked a smart agent - the kind who didn't make a pass. His name was Bill Watts. He didn't claim he'd make her a star; all he did was sign her to a five year contract. He was smart as well as being an agent she could trust. Sabrina did the rest, with her famous dumb blonde routine that began with her first appearance in a show.
She had one line to say; to wit, "Doesn't it make you want to spit?" But
it wasn't what she said during the show. it was her remark after that
started her frame on the way to fame.
The remark made every paper and from then on Sabrina had no need of kippers. Nights found her being wined and dined in London's costliest restaurants by the town's blades. Diners at La Rue's, Simpson's and the Dorchester, the latter a favorite playground of Princess Margaret, were used to seeing her. Or as used as anyone can get at seeing Sabrina.
But if they figured they got an opulent eyeful then, they'd really
see nothing yet. Out of nowhere, the nudes Sabrina had taken months
suddenly appeared on playing cards, along with those of other eyefuls.
There was no mistaking Sabrina, of course. This was definitely the
famous star of British TV and theatre, in spades, and when the newspapers
onto the story - wowie !
Scotland Yard Got Case
Sabrina didn't mind. She was in the throes of romance with, of all people, Johnny Ray. Meeting the electric American performer at a Dorchester party, Sabrina went for him at once. The meeting was the first of many dates, but for quite a time no one was wise to it. Not until Sabrina, confiding in a friend, tipped her mitt by telling the pal, "Johnny can hug harder than any man I know." Somehow, the re- mark found its way into the column of a widely-read writer and the secret was out.
Ray, however, went off to Rome where, reportedly, his interest in curvy artist Novella Parigini, miffed Sabrina no end. Next thing anyone knew, she was seen about town with another American.
Cochran over a picture. [Sic – perhaps a forgotten editorial comment]
This friendship extended into a movie Cochran was making, in which Sabrina
had a part. When the film was finished, Cochran went back to Hollywood.
Sabrina suddenly cut down on her dating and, a few weeks later, to everyone's
surprise, announced she was going to tour the Midlands and the North.
The reason she gave was that her fans demanded it, but the UNCENSORED
fact is that all of a sudden she'd given up romance. Her mother was quick
to point out that it had nothing to do with either Cochran or Johnny
Ray. .'Norma doesn't care about men," she said flatly. " After
all she's only 20 and there's plenty of time for her to settle down later."
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