Sabrina, star of TV and the screen, will make a personal appearance at the Imperial Ballroom, Nelson, on Friday, January 20th.
6 January 1956 - Daily Mirror
Arthur Askey is the man who launched the shapely Sabrina. "I wanted a dumb blonde for my series," he recalls. "And I got one.
"I think viewers would like to see Sabrina, again, so I'm putting her into my commercial shows."
How will Sabrina's particular attractions be used to entertain the customers?
That, according to Arthur, is something Saabrina would like to know too. They met at the Albany Club last week.
"I'll be wanting you for my show in February," the comedian told her.
"What are you going to do with me?" asked Sabrina. But for once, Arthur reports, he couldn't find the right answer.
Arthur Askey introduces Sabrina to the audience before transmission of the Askey Show "Before Your Very Eyes" presented alternate Friday evenings by Jack Hylton for Associated-Rediffusion.
8 January 1956
SABRINA BARES HER PAST -- Sabrina, Britain's chestiest television personality, sips a cocktail in London at opening of Marlebone studios for making TV films last May. Today, it develops, she is worried about some nude pictures for which she posed in less-plush days. They decorate the backs of playing cards sold in Britain and abroad. The 22-year-old TV star's mother said she was consulting a lawyer to see if the playing card circulation can be stopped. Company making the cards says they're selling very well indeed.
David Peters reports Sabrina was a the Hulton Boys and Girls Exhibition at Olympia, and he got her autograph. She was wearing a small white woolly flowerpot shaped hat and a black dress.
13 January 1956: Sabrina appears at the premiere of "The Man with the Golden Arm"
13 January 1956
LEAP YEAR DANCE
THE IMPERIAL BALLROOM, NELSON
FRIDAY, JANUARY 20th
DANCING 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Personal Appearance of
Star of Screen, Stage, Radio and T.V.
WHO WILL ENTERTAIN. ADDED ATTRACTION:
* SABRINA CONTEST *
1st Prize : £5-5-0
To the lady whose measurements are nearest
to those of SABRINA
JUDGING BY SABRINA
PRIZES BY CHANEL, DOROTHY GRAY, INNOXA, TWEED.
Entry Forms can be had on the night.
LICENSED BAR. REFRESHMENTS.
TICKETS 5/- (Limited). Obtainable where bills are displayed
or at Imperial Ballroom
Promoted by Colne Conservative Club.
14 January 1956 - Aberdeen Evening Express - Saturday,
Wants More Than Dumb Blonde Parts
Sabrina is determined to stand her ground for bigger parts than the dumb blonde.
But in Manchester to-day she said it looked as though her agent was now pushing her rival, 22-year-old blonde Corinne Grey, as replacement to her.
Said Sabrina: "My agent had Corinne standing by Wednesday because he knew how I felt about travelling to Manchester three days before the TV show just to waggle my hips. But I don't want be pushed out."
She said she regarded the "dumb blonde" role of hers as something she should play only in TV shows with Arthur Askey — she is starting a commercial TV series with him in London.
"After all. it was with Arthur that 1 was featured like this, and I think it's appropriate to the series," she said.
"I want be given different parts in other shows. That is why I am taking drama and singing lessons" Sabrina should have been in to-night's TV show "Home James," featuring Jimmy James. Producer Ronnie Taylor said: "She broke her contract as far as this show is concerned, and she will not appear."
14 January 1956 - Northern Whig - Saturday,
B.B.C. drops Sabrina from North TV Sketch
NORTH Regional headquarters of the B.B.C. at Manchester announced last night that "because she had broken her contract" Sabrina will not appear in a Jimmy James television sketch "Home James", from Manchester to-night. Corinne Grey will replace her
The statement said: "Sabrina was asked to attend rehearsal at The Playhouse Manchester, today but the producer. Ronnie Taylor, heard from her agent that she did not think it necessary to be there until Saturday, and that she would not arrive until then.
"The producer thought it essential that she should rehearse with Jimmy James, so booked Corinne Grey, who immediately left London for Manchester, where she arrived late this afternoon.
"It has now been decided that as Sabrina has broken her contract by not appearing for rehearsal, as agreed. Corinne Grey will take her place."
15 January 1956
BBC Gives the sack to its Buxom Sabrina
LONDON, Jan. 14 (TNS)-Britain's buxom television star Sabrina, who gained international recognition by her figure and wiggle has been fired by BBC in a dispute over the first words writers put in her script.
The bosomy (40 inches) young blonde had balked at merely wiggling her hips on the "Home James" series.
This week the writers gave her three lines on the program, but the 19 year-old Sabrina protested about the two days rehearsals for which she was scheduled.
She advised producer Ronnie Taylor she thought she could learn the role if she reported Saturday morning, instead of Friday, as BBC had asked. Taylor replied that if she was not on hand by 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon she would be replaced.
Sabrina did not appear and London model Corinne Grey was hired as a replacement. The blonde substitute, however, will not get the three lines on the show. She said to light: "I have deputised for Sabrina before — though my 36-inch bust doesn't compare with hers."
The Daily Mirror (14 Jan 56) added that Sabrina said she didn't attend rehearsals because, "They only wanted me to wiggle my hips and stay dumb." The show's producer, Ronnie Taylor, said "It certainly wasn't the case that we wanted Sabrina only to wiggle her hips."
Another source added that the BBC threatened to "bar Sabrina from the studio if she shows up tonight."
CORINNE Grey, the North Shields-born starlet, received a special round of applause from the studio audience when she appeared in place of Sabrina in the dumb blonde's role in 'Home James' on television on Saturday.
Wriggling her hips and without saying a word, she appeared as a Teddy Boy's girlfriend in a sketch with comedian Jimmy James and his company.
A verse of a song sung by Jimmy James and two members of the cast dressed as B.B.C. commissionaires went: First she will and then she won't
She puts us in a spot
Sabrina can keep silent
And Corinne do the lot — down at the B.B.C.
Sabrina later protested about the song and said she would consider asking for an apology.
Corinne. who formerly lived in Whitley Bay, took over the part when Sabrina failed to turn up in Manchester for rehearsals. The B.B.C. said that Sabrina had broken her contract
17 January 1956 - Daily Mirror
Sabrina is off his list
SABRINA — the girl who won television fame in a night without saying a word — is looking for a new agent.
Bill Watts, theatrical agent who specialises in representing beautiful girls, said last night: "I have ended our five-year contract. I've earned a lot of money for Sabrina, but I don't wish to represent her any longer."
Mr. Watts introduced Sabrina to the B.B.C. when they were looking for "a very lovely girl" to appear in the Arthur Askey series a year ago. Sabrina said last night: "I had already made up my mind to look for a new agent. As far as I am concerned it is a mutual parting."
Sabrina's next TV date is on February 10, when she will be appearing in the new Arthur Askey series on Commercial TV.
One must wonder whether Sabrina's recent sacking from the BBC played a part in their spate of mutual dissatisfaction.
18 January 1956 - The Argus (Melbourne) (page 3)
I'm so irresistible to girls! says Charlie, the cockatoo
"What makes me so attractive to the girls," says Charlie, the sulphur crested cockatoo. And who's the girl kissing Charlie.
It's Sabrina, the star of radio, TV, and films.
Charlie was an an entrant in the National Cage Bird Show in London recently. Sabrina visited the show, and ... well Charlie is SO irresistible.
18 January 1956 - Lancashire Evening Post - Wednesday,
IN A SPOT
...Sabrina has been in a spot of bother with the B.B.C. for not turning up for a rehearsal.
She should have appeared in Jimmy James' TV show on Saturday but when she failed to appear the day before, the B.B.C. sacked her and called in Corinne Grey instead.
That was all right until, on to the screen popped Jimmy with two stooges and sang a little song that rather took the "Michael" out of her. Then she retorted and said: "I shall demand an apology — it's cheap and tasteless."
The song ran: — "First she will. then she won't,
It puts us in a spot.
Sabrina can keep silent
And, Corinne can do the lot —
Down at the B.B.C."
Sabrina said she did not turn up at the rehearsal because all she had to do in the show was wiggle her hips. Now she says: "I'm tired of being a dumb blonde — it's funny with Arthur Askey — but not with anyone else."
Meanwhile Sabrina is all set for a season show in Blackpool and a new TV series with Askey.
19 January 1956 - The Stage (London)
Sabrina (Norma Sykes) and her agent Bill Watts have ceased their business association. This follows the row with BBC-TV, in which Sabrina was replaced by Corinne Grey (another of Mr. Watts' clients)in "Home James" on Saturday. Sabrina's next TV engagements are on AR in the Arthur Askey series, starting next month.
19 January 1956 - The Stage, p.12 - Thursday
JIMMY JAMES is a most amusing man. He needs no scriptwriters (although his son is one of them on this show). All he needs is to waggle his face and pull on a fag to get laughs. Or make some comments about his grotesque stooge, Bretton Woods.
He was seen in various roles, but none better than a judge trying a case very similar to the one Jimmy Edwards has tried at the Adelphi Strand, twice nightly until recently.
It was in this sketch Sabrina was supposed to have appeared. She missed a rehearsal and was sacked. A girl called Corinne Grey took over, but from what we saw of her part Sabrina was well out of it all. Thora Hird, too, was wasted in this sketch.
20 January 1956
Television star Sabrina makes a personal appearance at to-night's Caine Conservative Club ball.
21 January 1956 - Daily Mirror
From Sabrina: "I don't want to wiggle any more"
26 January 1956 - The Stage, London
[This may refer to Worthing's Valentine Ball on Feb 14 to provide funds for the town's music festival.]
Sabrina and Diana Dors have been invited to attend.
26 January 1956 - The Stage, London
...Sabrina will be in the show run jointly by Jack Taylor and Tom Arnold at the Hippodrome.
It would include Tessie O'Shea, Arthur Worsley and Nat Jackley.
27 January 1956 - Nelson Leader - Friday
A FORMER Nelson girl now living in Barnoldswick, Mrs. Marilyn Murray, was the girl chosen at the Imperial Ballroom on Friday as the one nearest to the figure measurements of Sabrina the TV celebrity. Our picture shows Marilyn on the left, Sabrina on the right.
Ed - I'm glad the paper explained who was who. Otherwise I might have been confused.
The second series of Before Your Very Eyes was screened in 1956-1958 on
1 February 1956 - Bluefield Daily Telegraph, West Virginia, p.4
by Sheilah Graham
Steve Cochran has something to remember British starlet Sabrina by - a new pooch. He's trying to persuade Sabrina to try her lucj in Hollywood.
2 February 1956 - The Stage, p.4
'Twas a Night!
Sabrina, or local girl Norma Sykes, paid a call at Nelson Imperial Ballroom the other night and sang " I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby."
It proved a night of surprises for the Lancashire glamour girl. She renewed acquaintance with Patricia Wheadon, a Nelsonian she had lost track of since they were polio patients in a Stoke-on-Trent hospital.
She was presented with a new song "Sabrina Samba," composed in her honour by local musicians Albert Morris and Alan Ashworth.
1956: Sabrina stars in a British Pathé newsreel having her picture
taken at a Bourne and Hollingsworth's department store. See
14 February 1956 - (Reported in The Stage on 26 January 1956)
Worthing is holding a Valentine Ball on February 14, to provide funds for the town's Music Festival. Sabrina and Diana Dors have been invited to attend.
Golly. Imagine what it would have been like if both of them had appeared! Sadly, there is no record that either of them was there.
16 February 1956 - Sabrina appeared at the European premiere of "The Rains of Ranchipur" at the Carlton Theatre, Haymarket.
I would have been there too, but unfortunately I had not quite been born at that stage.
I blame my mother.
Thanks to Miss DiDi Mau for posting this
to alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.vintage on 17 Aug 2002. The caption reads: "Sabrina Yearling - Sabrina, the
television actress celebrated at the Albany Club, London Feb 17 her first
year in show business as Sabrina.."
Caption: A cake with one candle is cut by television star Sabrina in London, last night to celebrate the first anniversary of her original television appearance under the name which has become known so well. Previously she was a little-known model Norma Sykes. (Lancashire Evening Post, 18 Feb 1956,
p.1 - added 18 Sep 2017)
21 February 1956
Sabrina attends the premiere of the movie 'The Ladykillers'. Thanks to Philip for this scan!
Sabrina, the girl who owes her fame to silence in the Arthur Askey TV shows when she just stood around looking glamorous – is seen here still very decorative and glamorous when she arrived at the Odeon Theatre last night
24 February 1956
Sabrina is known to have been on Before Your Very Eyes. Also known are 23 March, 20 April.
1 March 1956
Sabrina appears at the UK premiere of the movie "A Town Like Alice" at the Odeon Theatre, Leicester Square. She was with Carlo Giusdini, an Italian star who was in England filming "The Baby on the Battleship."
2 March 1956
ANTHEA ASKEY IS "BIRTHDAY BRIDE"
Anthea Askey, daughter of comedian Arthur Askey, was married today, her 23rd birthday, to 29-years-old Bill Stewart who works for the Jack Hylton organisation. The young couple met when Bill was stage-managing "The Love Match" the show in which Anthea had her first big part. Many famous stage personalities were guests at the ceremony which took place at the All Souls Church, Langham Place (London).
Photograph shows: Sabrina, who was a guest at the wedding seen arriving at
All Souls Church, Langham Place. 2 March 1956
Thanks to Philip for this scan of Sabby at the wedding. The caption on the back said:
Sabrina, who achieved fame as the silent blonde in Arthur Askey’s television series, arrives at All Souls Church, Langham Place, London, today (Friday) for the wedding of Arthur’s daughter, Anthea Askey. Anthea was marrying Bill Stewart, whom she met when he was stage manager for ‘The Love Match’ in which she had her first big role.
3 March 1956 (The Argus)
Sabrina has refused to play Lady Godiva in a summer carnival. "I do lots of things for charity but there are limits," she said primly. "Besides, my hair isn't long enough."
9 March 1956 - The Motherwell Times, p.2
TROCADERO BALLROOM HAMILTON
Lanarkshire's new luxury ballroom
GRAND GALA OPENING NIGHT
FRIDAY, 16th MARCH
8 p.m. TILL 1 a.m. ADMISSION 4/-
IN PERSON, CELEBRITY STAR
(OF B.B.C., SCREEN AND TELEVISION FAME)
Dancing Every Evening
Dave Muir and His Band
with Kim Paige
The management wish to intimate that gentlemen wearing extreme dress cannot be admitted.
Warning, lads: do not turn up in 'extreme dress'!
10 March 1956 (Mirror (Perth, WA)
GODIVA? NO! SAYS SABRINA
LONDON, Today: Sabrina — the girl who gained fame and fortune by saying nothing — spoke up herself when she told Oldham Council to find somebody else to play Lady Godiva at its June carnival.
Well-built Sabrina won fame by appearing on a television programme with comedian Arthur Askey and saying nothing. The carnival committee tried for hours to persuade Sabrina to take the role. They tried flattery by telling her they had searched throughout Britain for someone beautiful, blonde and curvaceous, and how she had been unanimously selected. But Sabrina said: 'No; not at any price. I do lots of things for charity, but there are limits. 'Anyway, my mother would never approve. Think of the embarrassment and my professional status. 'I could never lower myself to appear in public like that.'
From The Mirror (Perth, 9 June 1956) -
"SABRINA WOULDN'T TAKE IT ON... SO ANDREA TOOK IT OFF!
Andrea Delayne, a Manchester lass, filled the bill as Lady Godiva for a Lancashire carnival when bosomy TV star Sabrina refused the role." Andrea rode Patsy, a 10 year old white mare in the carnival before 15,000 spectators. "When Andrea accepted, she had to take riding lessons as she had never ridden a horse. But it was worth it when Andrea, a 17-years-old model, topped the bill in her skin-tight costume and rocketed to fame over night."
10 March 1956 - Argus, Melbourne
SABRINA, due at the premiere of the film "1984", turned up at the premiere of "A Town Like Alice" by mistake. "I'm not sorry, I had a lovely cry at this film," said Sabrina afterwards.
16 March 1956
Sabrina appeared at the Grand Gala at the Trocadero Ballroom
Glamorous T/V star Sabrina surrounded by male admirers at the Trocadero Ballroom, when she made a personal appearance for the official opening of the dance hall.
From The Motherwell Times (Scotland) Friday 23 March, p.13
Radio-T/V Star Attends New Dance Hall Opening
To the strains of "Lovely to look at," Sabrina, the well-known B.B.C. and television star, mounted the band-stand of the Trocadero Ballroom, Hamilton, for the official opening last Friday evening. She was introduced by Dave Muir, resident musical director and manager of the ball-room.
Provost Mrs Mary Ewart performed the opening ceremony when she cut the ribbon which spanned the band-stand. She recalled a previous occasion when she had visited the site — a vacant piece of ground — and she complimented contractors, architects and the directors of the Trocadero on the remarkable transformation that had taken place.
Mrs Ewart said that she regarded dancing as a recreation that was unsurpassed, and she certainly hoped that the young people of Hamilton and surrounding districts would take advantage of the fact that the ballroom offered unrivalled opportunities for them to take part in this recreation.
Sabrina, in a brief speech, spoke of the warmth of the hospitality she had received on this her first visit to Scotland. She would remember, too, the scenes which she had witnessed on her arrival in Scotland and Hamilton. The star hoped that the ballroom would meet with every success in the future.
She appeared later in the evening when she danced to the music of Dave Muir and his Band.
For her arrival at the Trocadero, it was estimated that no fewer than 2,000 people lined the approaches to the building. When her car arrived and when she alighted, the spectators crowded round.
Similar scones of enthusiasm characterised Sabrina's entry into the ballroom...
16 March 1956 - Lancashire Evening Post, p.1
Sabrina, the glamorous TV and stage star has told Lytham St. Annes Baths Committee that she will be "delighted" to judge a personality girls contest this summer - for her usual 100 guinea fee. But the committee think that "too dear" and have cancelled the invitation.
Councillor W. Dewhirst, chairman, said: "She doesn't speak much and we wanted her to say only a few words and be there. I suppose her attitude is right if she can command that sort of money.
Publicity officer Miss Jean Williams who thought of inviting Sabrina, said: "We get a well-known personality to judge the contest each year and we thought Sabrina would be an obvious choice, particularly as she lives in Blackpool and will be appearing in a summer show there this season."
The committee is low looking for someone else to judge the contest, which will be at the open air baths on June 27th.
Another battle of the bulge has broken out, this time between strapping, speechless, blonde television star Sabrina and her current rival Corinne Grey. They will meet at Blackpool soon to compare statistics: Sabrina 39-24-37, Corinne 25-23-35.
RUGBY CLUB PAVILION
WHILE both the Duke of Edinburgh and Field-Marshal Viscount Montgomery have been suggested to perform the opening ceremony of the Banbury Rugby Club's new pavilion. the most applauded suggestion came from Vice-president, G.F. Barter, who responded to the toast to the Vice-presidents at the Club's annual dinner. Speaking very seriously, he said, "I feel we should have someone who commands the respect of us all. and I feel that we could do no better than ask a person honoured by all Rugger players - Sabrina!"
25 March 1956
"MEN do not like a woman to be cultured and clever, so I'm too smart to be anything but dumb" - Sabrina
25 March 1956
Sabrina ran round Green Park, London yesterday - with American singer Don Cornell. He runs round the park most mornings, but finds it lonely without company. So yesterday (25.3.56) Sabrina went running too, Later, Don caught a plane to Glasgow. He is singing there in a show that opens tomorrow. He will still take his morning run - and he would still like company.
29 March 1956 - The Stage, page 4
The Maitles theatre owners of Falkirk. Glasgow and Hamilton had Sabrina up to open their plushy new Trocadero dance hall at Hamilton.
She told me she had just turned down an offer to film in Italy.
1 April 1956 (Easter)
Sabrina appears as a celebrity on a cruise ship - and the attentions of the coal stokers nearly make the ship run out of steam.
Police had to be called to disperse the crowd when the TV star arrived at Ilfracome on the showboat Glen Usk from Bristol yesterday. She was greeted by the chairman of the local council, Mrs C.D. Norman. Sabrina was mobbed by thousands of holidaymakers and townspeople as she walked along the pier and quayside. The crowd was so dense that Sabrina had to take shelter in Mrs. Norman's house. Then several men tried to climb in through the windows of Mrs. Norman's house, clamouring for Sabrina's signature.
5 April 1956 - The Stage, London. [Full article added 10 Sep 2017]
MET Sabrina, who flew north to open a new luxury ballroom for the Maitles family at Hamilton. She's an eyeful, too.
Miss Sykes, of Manchester, stopped the traffic in Hamilton's main street. Curiosity interest was intense.
I think it puzzling when you find the public idolising acts with looks and no particular talent. "I'm learning to dance, but I'm making an awful hash of it." Sabrina told me. She goes into Blackpool Hippodrome show this summer.
7 April 1956
Wee Angus was all of a dither when he took to the dance floor. In his arms was "silent" British TV star Sabrina. The Scots youth was lucky enough to have the first dance with her at a new ballroom at Hamilton (Scotland) which Sabrina officially opened.
10 April 1956: Sabrina was the guest of honour at the Savoy Luncheon at the Variety Club
of Great Britain.
The only woman guest at the Variety Club of Great Britain's luncheon at the Savoy hotel today was Sabrina, the girl who says little but 'looks a lot.'
Paul Popper Photo shows "Sabrina at the luncheon... and if you think the empty plate is a clue to Sabrina being on a diet, you're wrong. She was just missing the first course because it wasn't to her taste. Next to her is Nat Cohen, chief barker of the Variety Club, and on his right, Lord Mancroft, undersecretary of State for Home and Welsh Affairs."
According to Modern Man, Aug 56, the event was announced: GREAT NEWS OF 1956— SABRINA SPEAKS! Then she stood up and announced to a hall full of men, "This is my maiden speech."
According to the Weekly Sporting Review: "At a Variety Club luncheon this dumb blonde astonished the listeners by making a well-worded speech and conducting herself with the dignity of a lady of high standing."
Another source reports:
SABRINA, the blonde who stayed silent on TV and let her curves make the impact on viewers, makes one of her few public speeches - at the Variety Club luncheon - at the Savoy Hotel, Strand, London, to-day (Tuesday). She was one of the guests of honour. At the luncheon, the variety Club received a further £332.10s. for its charitable work - a sum raised by the Dudley Hippodrome, Worcestershire.
April 10th 1956
And she got to have a bite to eat as well (caption dated 27 September 1956)...
The annual luncheon in honour of British women of the year tool place today at the Savoy Hotel The proceeds will be devoted to the Greater London Fund for the Blind. PHOTO SHOWS SABRINA the famous TV personality enjoying her lunch today.
11 April 1956 - Daily Express
IT'S a sad reflection on show business. The Variety Club of Great Britain guests of honour, at its lunch yesterday, were Mr. Arthur Watkins, the chief film censor, Lord Mancroft, and Sabrina.
The menu proclaimed "The Scoop of 1956 — Sabrina Speaks."
Her speech began: "My maiden speech will be short and sweet. After all, if Grace Kelly only got a prince, I have got a king..."
[Presumably she was referring to Mr, Watkins, who was "King for a Day," the club's title for its chief guest.]
Sabrina put a paper crown on his head.
He replied : "O.K. this will get a U cert."
Sabrina, the girl with the so obvious silent charm, visited the British Industries Fair at Olympia yesterday and tried her skill the the "Sterling" sub-machine gun which is being produced for the British army and 33 other countries.
Sabrina set her sights on the target which consisted of tiny figures of Sabrina being chased by servicemen.
25 April 1956
Sabrina makes an appearance at the Norman Heath Testimonial Benefit Match.
She travelled around the pitch in an open car and kicked off the match.
Sabrina and Norman Heath
West Brom Manager Vic Buckingham
TV Star 'Sabrina' starts the match with Billy Wright and Manager Vic Buckingham (left).
Thanks to The Guy From the Netherlands for finding these new pix! (19jul2012)
SHEFFIELD: Sabrina spent a terrifying hour Friday [11 May 1956] when a mob of youths tried to strip her at a store opening ceremony. A crowd of 4000 stamped and shouted as the blonde Sabrina, her 39-24-36 figure poured almost into a form-fitting dress, arrived to open a tailor shop.
Dozens of youths rushed her, knowing down women and children and clawing at her clothing. A generous portion of the dress was ripped away and Sabrina was bruised and scratched. Two persons fainted in the crush before police arrived to escort the cause of it all away.
'It was the most terrifying hour of my life,' she said.
17 May 1956 - The Stage (p.5)
At the Golden Jubilee Concert of the Variety Artiste's Ladies Guild and Orphanage at the Princes on Sunday...
Even the seven comedians fell into line by repeating similar jokes, chiefly about Sabrina, before joining the majority in finishing off with a song.
18 May 1956 - Lancaster Guardian - Friday,
SABRINA COMING TO LANCASTER
Sabrina, the noted television personality who draws crowds where ever she puts in an appearance, will visit Lancaster tomorrow morning to open a new men's tailoring department at the firm of Hardy and Co. (Furnishers) Ltd. in Brock Street.
Already people are whispering, "Sabrina is coming" and she is likely to arouse considerable interest as she drives through the city to Brock Street from a Morecambe hotel.
19 May 1956 - reported in the Lancaster Guardian on Friday 25 May ,
[Sabrina turns 20]
Sabrina's visit stops the traffic
SABRINA, the Television personality, made a "hit" with Lancaster people on her 20th birthday last Saturday, when large crowds saw her open a new men's tailoring department at the Brock Street premises of Hardy and Co. (Furnishers). Ltd.
Hundreds of people swarmed around her car as it came to a standstill outside the store. As she stepped out and walked up to the main doorway, a policeman struggled to hold back eager fans. She was introduced by the branch manager, Mr. W. K. Cussons, and was presented with a bouquet by Mrs. Cussons. The crowd rushed across the road to get a closer look and the street was completely blocked for a few minutes.
CUT THE TAPE
Sabrina then cut a tape to open the new department and as she was photographed sitting in a siesta chair near the windows the pressure of the crowd outside caused the large sheets of glass to creek [sic]. Hundreds of people queued up for Sabrina's autograph. As she left the premises the crowds again surged round her car.
Sabrina had had quite a hectic time in getting to Lancaster. The car in which she travelled from London to Blackpool on the Friday evening had a break-down and she did not arrive at her Blackpool hotel until 4 a.m. on Saturday morning. There was only about three hours sleep before her journey to Lancaster.
Shop window centre of attraction at Hardy and Company's Store. Lancaster, on Saturday, was television personality Sabrina, who opened a new men's tailoring department. Here in view of an admiring crowd she is pictured with the Store manager, Mr W.K. Cussons.
26 May 1956 - Presents twentieth Gold Collar
Classic Final Trophy at Catford.
7 June 1956 - The Stage, page 3
Sabrina is a spectator at the second annual golf challenge match for charity at Butlins, Clacton on Sunday [3 June].
9 June 1956 - As advertised in the 'Wiltshire Times and Trowbridge Advertiser', Sabrina makes a personal appearance at at the Pavilion, Bath with Teddy Foster and his band. It cost 6 shillings at the door.
14 June 1956- The Stage, London. Full article added 10 Sep 2017.
Sabrina at the Garage
At Hatch End. Middlesex, last week. Sabrina had the unique experience of opening a new garage and service station designed by last year's Mayor of Harrow, an architect, whose interest in the theatre is well known locally. Police controlled a large cheering crowd when Sabrina
arrived but while signing autographs after the ceremony, she was mobbed by a section of the crowd and had to escape through a back door.
14 June 1956 - Attends the premiere of Diana Dors movie "Yield To The Night" at the Carlton Theatre, Haymarket. Watch the newsreel (AVI, 4MB)
On 20 June 1956 The Herald-Press (USA) printed the photo above and reported: "ENGLISH ACTRESS Sabrina, whose daring gowns have caused some chin-wagging, is shown arriving for premier of "Yield to the Night" in a London theater. Note her unusual hairdo."
16 June 1956 - Mirror (Perth, WA) expanded in Daily Mirror 31 May 1955.
Sabrina's singing lesson was scheduled for 3:15pm.
"This girl is very keen," said singing teacher Maurice Burman. "She's never late."
In parliament, a fund-raising lottery introduced by Harold McMacmillan in the recent budget was was attacked by Labour MP Harold Wilson.
Mr WILLIAM ROSS (Lab., Kilmarnock) said that the prize draws should take place on TV.
When he asked : "Is the Chancellor going to preside?" there were Labour cries of "Sabrina."
Mr. Ross: Maybe it will be Sabrina maybe, Dame Irene Ward (Tory M.P for Tynemouth).
ON an evening when Channel Nine was churning out a
routine programme. B.B.C. put what modest distinction there was
into last night's viewing...
Then there was "This Will Make You Laugh," a preview of to-night's opening of yet another of Blackpool's star-studded summer shows.
Broad humour was the key-note, and it is safe to proclaim this as an entertainment which will get easy laughs from audiences in holiday mood. I'm not sure whether it was Show Business history in the making to see and hear Sabrina sing, first a straight little piece with the orchestra and then to the eccentric accompaniment of those musical clowns, the Nitwits.
She also acted in a sketch, in
which chief honours went to the other two stars in the bill. Tessie O'Shea and Nat Jackley, each exploiting their individual styles
5 July 1956 - Daily Mirror
SABRINA should shave judged a beauty contest at Lytham St. Anne's last week — but the Council turned her down.
Instead, red-haired Joan Edwards — hostess of ABC-TV's "Number Please" — took over.
Why the snub to shapely Sabrina?
She demanded a fee of 100 guineas.
Joan appeared for nothing.
5 July 1956 - The Stage, page 4
... With Sabrina at the Hippodrome, Corinne [Grey] on the Central Pier, and Tessie O'Shea also at the Hippodrome, someone suggests
Blackpool's 1956 slogan should be BLACKPOOL AND BUST! . . .
6 July 1956, Radio Review -
Added 10 Sept 2005
Caught by the camera at her make-up mirror is one of TV's
most famous figures, Sabrina. She will appear with Arthur Askey
in "Before Your Very Eyes" the London CTV show, at
8.30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10.
7 July 1956 - Mirror (Perth, WA)
LONDON - Thieves stole Sabrina's photograph from a West Bromwich showcase.
7 July 1956 - Shields Daily News - Saturday,
Then Sabrina sang
THE show on television was entitled "This Will Make You Laugh."
Then Sabrina began singing. My dog began howling. Of the two, my dog was the more tuneful.
Sabrina wins her place in entertainment because she is a shapely lass. At present, she is displaying her charms to holidaymakers at Blackpool.
Carefree people on holiday may forgive Sabrina as she struggles through a song, but not viewers at home.
11 July 1956 - Daily Mirror
Oh, for a muse By Donald Zac
I see that SABRINA, that top-heavy blonde of no particular talent, is going to speak at a Woman of the Year lunch alongside Miss ROSE HEILBRON, Q.C, and DAME EDITH EVANS, This should be quite a remarkable feat for Sabrina... unaccustomed as she is to public speaking.
So now let me tell about the day she gave a private little drama performance...just for me.
It was at her flat in Fulham, S.W. Her mother sat on the bed. Her father sat in an armchair. Sabrina sat on the floor.
"Recite a little Shakespeare for me," I said.
"Go on," I coaxed.
"Sabrina — say some Shakespeare for Mr Zac!" scolded her mother.
"Oh, all right then," she pouted.
"Oh ... oh for a muse of fire," she began.
Then she dried up.
"Go on," I said encouragingly.
"I'm hungry," she grumbled. "Mum - Can I have a ham sandwich?"
End of Shakespeare.
12 July 1956 - The Stage, London, p.6 (full article added 21 Sep 2017)
BLACKPOOL'S OTHER SUCCESSFUL SHOW
THE season show at Blackpool Hippodrome, presented by Tom Arnold and Jack Taylor, is living up to its title, "This'll Make You Laugh," with Tessie O'Shea, Nat Jackley, Sabrina and the Nitwits heading an excellent company.
Tessie O'Shea has played many seasons in Blackpool and is as popular as ever. Nat Jackley is also at home and his material and facial expressions were never funnier.
Sabrina is rather a surprise, for she has more to do than usual and her work with the Nitwits, who are in top form with their mad music, is also most entertaining. Arthur Worsley, the ventriloquist, as usual, is very impressive, and Marianne Lincoln has great fun with the audience. Allen Modley's comedy imitating Wilfred Pickles, Margo Barry, vocalist, and the Television Toppers are other acceptable features of a successful show.
Richard Afton is producer, and Jack Walker musical director.
19 July 1956 - The Stage, page 3
STARS TO PLAY CRICKET FOR CHARITY FUND
More than 140 stars of television will be at Sudbury on Sunday afternoon to play cricket, run side-shows and impromptu entertainments for the Stars Organisation for Spastics...
In addition to the celebrity cricketers, those expected include Winfred Atwell. Dora Bryan, Phyllis Calvert, Leslie Caron, Chin Vu, Alma Cogan, Hazel Court, Joan Crawford, Bebe Daniels, Sandra Dorne, Maudie Edwards, Vera-
Ellen, Hy Hazell. Barbara Kelly,
Vera Lynn, Jeann Marsh. Kim
Parker. Beryl Reid. Thelma Ruby, Sabrina, Dorothy Tutin and Yana...
Sabrina, who surprises many by the strength of her contributions to the Arnold/Taylor Blackpool Hippodrome summer show, is having her portrait painted by Blackpool Art Society president Fred Wood. Sabrina's most vital feature is her beautifully-formed mouth, opines the painter
Women of the Year
Busy man this week is Mr. Charles Scott-Paton, secretary of the Great London Fund for the Blind. He is sending out letters and invitation cards to 600 distinguished women.
Mr Scott-Paton is chief organiser of the second annual "Women of the year" luncheon which is being held at the Savoy next month in aid of the blind.
Nearly all women In Britain who have made some notable achievement in the past year are being invited. The rest of the guest list is made up from a "pool" of names of distinguished ladies.
(Miss Norma Sykes) has also accepted an invitation...
15 August 1956 - Skegness Standard - Wednesday, p.3
Skegness Foreshore Director, Mr. W.G.Bosworth, has now heard from Sabrina, whom he knew as Norma Sykes when he lived on the Fylde coast, that she cannot accept an invitation to crown the Skegness Carnival Queen in September.
ON the application of the prosecution, summonses arising from the "personal appearance" at Sheffield of Sabrina, the variety artist, on May 11, when she opened a new shop in the centre of the city, were adjourned by Sheffield magistrates today until September 14.
Town Tailors Ltd. trading as "Weaver to Wearer", of Margate, Leeds. were accused of wilfully obstructing the free passage of Haymarket, Sheffield, and Public Relations Services. Ltd., of Virginia Street. Leeds. were accused of aiding and abetting.
When the case was called Mr. C. O. Adams said that the prosecution could not proceed today, as two of the witnesses were unable to attend. He asked for an adjournment for three weeks.
Mr. K. I. Mitchell, representing both firms, said he had no objection to the adjournment.
He added that he might have to ask for the date to be changed, as it was necessary for a certain witness to be called.
One was "a well-known" personality known as Sabrina who was appearing in Blackpool. He was agreeable to the case standing over "provided the date is suitable for her."
Sabrina helps judge a bathing beauty contest in Morcambe with Ben Lyon and Dickie Valentine, Bebe Daniels and Charles Eade before a crowd of 6,059 people. The winner of the £1,000 title was Iris Waller.
Actress Sabrina being painted by artist Fred Wood in an art gallery of Blackpool.
Another article mentioned that the painting had "that certain 3-D effect."
The Aberdeen Evening Express (Thursday 6 September 1956,
Lucky Blackpool! Not only can citizens and holidaymakers see SABRINA in person; they'll also be able to view her on canvas when this portrait — painted by FRED WOOD — is on show at the Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool. The shapely Sabrina posed for Fred in her leisure time from her starring
role in the the show "This'll Make You Laugh" at the Blackpool Hippodrome.
THE 21-year-old Earl of Wharncllffe, in blazer, flannels, and yellow pullover, was chased for a quarter of a mile through the centre of Sheffield yesterday by a crowd of shrieking women.
It was all because of a mix-up over Sabrina. the shapely TV girl.
The earl was up in court for a driving offence. And Sabrina is due to appear in the same court as a witness in a few days' time.
When photographers gathered outside the court yesterday, the whisper went round, "Sabrina is there."
In a few minutes hundreds of women were jamming the footpaths and jostling each other in the hope of seeing Sabrina.
"Is this reception for me?" said fhe earl, about, to leave the court. He dodged but of a side door. But when the crowd spotted him running, they chased after him.
And they did not give up until he told them who he was and assured them he had nothing io do with Sabrina.
The earl was convicted yesterday for the sixth time in a year for a motoring oftcnce. He was accused of driving without due care and attention, and fined £3, with costs.
21 September 1956 - Daily Express
OUT — as a speaker at next week's Woman of the Year luncheon a the Savoy: Sabrina.
IN — Gladys Morgan, 55-year-old Swansea-born comedienne.
Others whose voices will be heard at the lunch: the Marchioness of Lothian, Dame Edith Evans, Miss Rose Heilbron, Q.C.
After the hearing, Mr Mitchell said an appeal was being considered.
Said Sabrina: "It was much more nerve-wracking to appear in court than in front of the TV camera."
(Lancashire Evening Post)
28 September 1956 - Daily Express
At the "Women of the Year" luncheon at the Savoy yesterday...
There had, of course, to be an incident. Miss Norma Sykes, better known to TV viewers as Sabrina, walked out during the lunch when she found she wasn't being asked to speak.
THEN she sat in an adjoining room and SPOKE: "It was all announced in the papers that I was to speak so I got a drama teacher to coach me. I am terribly disappointed after all that hard work."
Lady Lothian, who was chairman. told me: "I told Miss Sykes that we had already devised a list of guest speakers and that, owing to the difficulty of her getting down to London from the North we had dropped the idea of her speaking at the lunch."
(Don't confuse this sad Savoy event with the pleasant Variety Club event from April 1956.)
29 September 1956 - Melbourne Argus
The Language Of Blondes - an article on Diana Dors, and Sabrina's luncheon rejection. All we know of the speech is, "It is indeed an honor to be here today surrounded as I am by so many distinguished people."
Arthur [Askey] explained how he gave Sabrina her dumb-blonde start at an audition: When she was in front of the camera she STOOD OUT, he said.
15 October 1956 -Four thousand people turned out to see Sabrina at Birkenhead, resulting
in a massive traffic jam. It turned into a near-riot when her dress strap
broke. Read about the Birkenhead Incident.
A RIPPING TIME FOR SABRINA
SABRINA, television and stage "dumb blonde" was ill in bed with "shock" yesterday after a stampede of fans when her neckline plunged — by accident.
She was coming out of a Birkenhead cinema after a personal appearance, when someone stepped on the train of her evening gown.
Both shoulder straps broke. A shrieking crowd of fans surged forward...
Sabrina recovers after the Birkenhead incident
According to Exposed, "Insiders still affirm that it had
been staged by Sabrina's own press agents."
October 1956: Sabrina was on the bill for the 1956 Royal Command
Variety Performance in London as a 'surprise artist'. Sadly, the performance was cancelled. Liberace was in tears, and Sabby was disappointed. Read more about the incident.
Sabrina appears in the programme
18 October 1956 - The Stage, p.3
Sabrina has had to cancel her
appearance at Leeds Empire this week. She is suffering from concussion after an accident at Birken
head last week, when the crowd got out of hand.
24 October 1956 - Lancashire Evening Post - Wednesday,
Liberace, Sabrina and Oliviers for Command
LIBERACE, the American pianist, and his brother George are to appear in the Royal Command performance at the Palladium on November 5th.
There is an International flavour to the list of artists who are to appear in addition to Liberace. America is represented by comedian Jerry Colonna. From Spain, there is Antonio and his Spanish ballet company, who are now appearing in London, and Paris sends Patachou, the fabulous cabaret artist.
They will all be making their first Appearance a Royal Command performance. So too will Sir Laurence Olivier and his wife Vivien Leigh. Command veterans who are to appear again include the Crazy Gang, Billy Cotton and Tommy Trinder. There are several pop singers, including Alma Cogan and David Whitfield.
The list of artistes appearing for the first time is as follows: Antonio and his Spanish ballet company; Jerry Colonna; Eric Delaney and band; the Frediani Trio; Holger and Dolores: Dickie Henderson; Liberace and George Liberace; Vivien Leigh; Ben Lyon; Alicia Markova; Chic Murray and Madie; the Morriston Orpheus Choir; Bob Monkhouse; John Mills; Sid Millward and the Nitwits; Sir Laurence Olivier; Beryl Reid; Sabrina, and George Tapps and his dancers.
Artists who have already appeared at Command performances are Arthur Askey, Winifred Atwell, Max Bygraves, Alma Cogan, the Crazy Gang, the George Garden dancers, Billy Cotton, Tommy Cooper, Jerry Desmonde, Gracie Fields, Eddie Gray, the George Melachrino orchestra, Alfred Marks, Brian Reece, Harry Secombe, Terry-Thomas, the John Tiller Girls, Tommy Trinder, Dicky Valentine, Jimmy Wheeler, Jack Warner and David Whitfield.
Not all the artists will be in individual items. Some will appear in "surprise" sketches and production scenes.
25 October 1956 - Daily Mirror
SABRINA BAFFLES PERFUME EXPERT
AT a theatrical party recently, Anna Hawkings claimed to be able to name every other woman's perfume. Guessing correctly, she went round the room until she came to lovely Sabrina,
famous TV and stage star. Contrary to her reputation for silence Sabrlna was the centre of an animated group.
Miss Hawkings sniffed,
leaned nearer, and sniffed again. "Obviously a French perfume," she said, "and a delightful one, but I'm baffled. It's new to me."
Sabrina smiled, "I'm not wearing perfume from a bottle," she said, "It's my
new French Pink soap and talc. Of course the perfume is imported from Paris. That's why it's so French and exciting."
Was that why so many people were clustering around her? Well, it was certainly one reason
26 October 1956 - Melbourne Argus
Sabrina is a surprise selection for the 1956 Royal Variety performance. Full article.
26 October 1956 - Daily Mirror, by Clifford Davis
Sabrina Turns Up - Twice
A NEW slimmed down Sabrina comes to ITV tonight. But for good measure she will appear twice.
First she shows up at 7.30 in the "Take Your Pick" quiz show. An hour later she pops up again with Arthur Askey for the opening edition of his new comedy series.
Exercises and a daily road run have nipped a good 4in. off Sabrina's waist, and the girl you'll see tonight can now boast a 19in, waist.
But, don't worry chaps -
Sabrina's other measurements remain the same...
For her first appearance in "Take Your Pick" Sabrina helps out one of the competitors in a forfeit imposed on him by quiz master Michael Miles. It sounds as though the penalty will be a pleasure.
In the Arthur Askey show — first to be seen over the whole ITV network — Sabrina, as usual, won't have much to say.
31 October 1956 - Lancashire Evening Post - Wednesday , p6
NOT since, Joe Louis pounded Max Schmelling under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden has anyone taken a beating quite like Sabrina. But the amazing thing is that Sabrina is still on her feet. She is on them so firmly that she has just achieved her biggest triumph — a solo spot in the Royal Variety Command Performance at the London Palladium....
The Samba Sabrina? You bet! She was
a 1956 cultural icon and here is the proof! Click the pic to enter the
competition and record the Samba Sabrina!
And as for the lyrics, it's
not too hard: "Sa-bri-na.... Sa-bri-na"
4 November 1956 - Sabrina rehearses with the Crazy Gang, including Max Bygraves, for the Royal Variety Performance
Sabrina's prepares her top hat performance at the Palladium
5 November 1956 - Sabrina chats to Liberace and Max Bygraves after the royal performance was cancelled
Bigger pic found and linked on April 2016
6 November 1956
Sabrina gets a
TOP LEVEL ORDER
LONDON, Monday: The Queen will meet a toned-down Sabrina at tonight's Royal Variety show. The girl with the 40in. superstructure, who planned to wear a new deep decolletage creation, has been told by producer Val Parnell: "Cover up or flatten out. Your dress is too low for the Queen." Sabrina had intended to throw a cape over her shoulders for the presentation, but Parnell ordered: "No cape - more dress."
"It's too late to get another new dress," pouted Sabrina, "and how do I flatten out? And if I do it I won't be me any more. They might as well have got any ordinary girl."
(Found in The Argus)
6 November 1956 - Daily Express
The time is 3.55 yesterday afternoon. Val Parnell steps up to the microphone on the stage of the London Palladium to announce "a shattering message from Buckingham Palace.”
The cast of stars for the Royal Variety Show had been rehearsing their acts, were assembling for the finale when the blow fell.
Liberace has run across a British phenomenon named Sabrina, reportedly England's answer to Dagmar. and will feature the girl in his Las Vegas engagement next season.
7 November 1956 - At the premiere of 'Moby Dick'
With feathers in her hair, on on her dress - lovely SABRINA is pictured on her arrival for last night's premiere of the film "Moby Dick" - at the Warner Theatre. [Pic upgraded May 2016]
Sabrina wears feathered ear decorations to match the trimming on her dress as she arrives for the premiere of the film "Moby Dick" at the Warner Theatre , London , this evening , England.
Damn, I bet those feathers tickled some fancies that night...
12 November 1956 - Daily Mirror
WE were reminiscing — Eamonn Andrews and I [Donald Zec] — about the biggest surprise in our lives, when the subject curved quite naturally around Sabrina.
"That girl will become one of Britain's top personalities," Eamonn forecast. "She's intelligent and learning fast."
Now the idea of Sabrina being the "Bust with the Brains" had never occurred to me.
For me, she was just a prodigious piece of chest expansion - a forty-inch substitute for earnest conversation.
But as Eamonn is no layman when it comes to beauty-spotting I went out in search of the new Sabrina.
Edward Mann, scenic designer for Frank Fortescue's company at the Windsor Theatre, Bearwood, had a free lunch at the Dorchester last week, when he was one of six people chosen by the "Sunday Dispatch" to meet Sabrina. Mann's name was the first Charles Eades "Sunday Dispatch" editor, drew from a pile 0f 20,000. Back at work this weed, Mann said: Sabrina has a very fine personality. Having lunch with her was a pleasure."
29 November 1956 - The Stage, London, page 5
STARS GO GAY IN AID OF SPASTICS
... Denis Goodwin, Jon Pertwee, Hy Hazell, Thora Hird, Donald Houston, Paul Carpenter, Kim Parker, Janette Scott, Peggy Mount, Sabrina, Brian Rix and many others, who also did yeoman service throughout the night running the Tombola, auctioneering gifts, selling raffle tickets and autographs.
Editor's Note: "Stars go gay in aid of spastics" is not a headline you are likely to see any more!
13 December 1956 - The Stage, page 3
Variety Artistes Ladies' Guild Ball Success...
The Golden Jubilee Dinner and Ball of the Variety Artistes Ladies' Guild and Orphanage was an unqualified success. with some thousand attending the Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, on Sunday...
The dancing went on until the early hours of the morning and among those seen enjoying it were Sabrina, Mrs Alex Neil (of the Bedford County and Luton Grand), Robert Nesbitt, Mrs Audrey Devon, Al Hunt and many more...
20 December 1956 - Daily Mirror
Fair Sabrina made her disc behind locked doors in Bond-street a few days ago. Afterwards I joined her to listen to the play back. And she wasn't looking too happy.
"Chest trouble," smiled World Record Club recording manager, Norman Newell.
"A cold on the chest," corrected Sabrina, who had her larynx syringed by Noel Coward's doctor before the session.
But the result was pleasing. "Just the sexy voice we want," said Mr. Newell. It's a breathy come-hither voice that could almost steam up your glasses. An intimate talk rather than an attempt to sing, although she has been persevering for two months with lessons.
The song, "Persuade Me" which has a line that says "everything points to you..."
Verdict: Another way to get curves in the grooves.
25 December 1956 - According to the Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail (5 November 1957, p.8)
Sabrina appears as the Good Fairy in "Puss In Boots."