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Bullet At some point in 1958, Sabrina went to Ballarat to pose with Kelvin Mark , Ian Thornhill (?) and Brian Mark to promote the opening of the Ballarat branch of the Mutual Permanent Building Society .
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In 1958, Robert Muller's novel Cinderella Nightingale was released:  cinderella Nightingalea "sizzling, up-to-the-minute close-up of the amoral machine that turns a beautiful body into big business".

Sabrina sued the author and publisher for libel and all copies of the book were withdrawn from sale. Sabrina later took action to stop the filming of the book,

Read about the whole curious Cinderella Nightingale incident.

A 'revised' edition was released by Pan in 1962.

Sabrina January 1958 - Why Sabrina Stopped Playing with the Playboys , feature article in UNCENSORED [U.S.A.]
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6 January 1958 - The Morning Herald , Uniontown. 'Little Old New York', by Ed Sullivan

Prince Christian of Hanover and Sabrina a London eruption...

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21 February 1958 - Earl Wilson

Sabrina, Britain's Jayne Mansfield (who'll be on the Steve Allen show), signs her letters, "With bust wishes"

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23 February 1958 - Pet leopard for Sabrina Sabrina

Actress Sabrina is pictured with her pet leopard called Chico at Billy Smart's Circus winter quarters at Winkfield, Berkshire.

Bill, junior, a genial, stockily built 24-year-old, who recently went to Paris with her, gave her the leopard.

It seems the January decision to 'stop playing with the playboys' was premature!

Please don't confuse our nice Sabrina's Chico with the Chico of naughty Sabrina Salerno.

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26 January 1958

Appears on ATV - Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Robert Morley, with Tony Bennett and others

Sabrina top hat

A shot of Sabrina during her 1958 Palladium show - fetched $152 on eBay in April 2011

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27 February 1958 - You'll be fitter if you're fatter - Australasian Post

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27 January 1958 - Daily Mirror - by John Rolls

I HEAR that SABRINA'S nerves aren't what they should be these days.
So she is entering into an extraordinary arrangement with that fashionable hospital, the London Clinic. It is this: She will live in a sound-proof room at the clinic.
Yet each evening at five she will leave for the Prince of Wales Theatre to do her twice-nightly show
Afterwards, at 11:15, she will return to the clinic.

Read more of Sabrina's jangled nerves ...

Sabrina

11 February 1958 - Aberdeen Evening Express, p.1 - Tuesday

Back to London Airport from Paris flies Sabrina. She had been on a 24-hour visit for dress fittings. When she flew out Sabrina had Billy Smart,jun., son of the circus owner, as a travelling companion.

"He's stayed behind for business talks," said Sabrina and added "Talk of romance is absolute nonsense."


Sabrina

1 March 1958 - BORED WITH MINK - Daily Express

A FEW years ago Sabrina, in private life Norma Sykes, couldn't write a cheque for £1.

Yesterday she wrote a cheque for over £1,000 for a sapphire mink coat at a furriers off Oxford Street.

Sabrina, who flies to America tomorrow, said as she collected the coat: "You know, I am getting so bored with mink. But what else can I have...?"

She has engagements in Las Vegas, Hollywood, and New York night clubs.

2 March 1958

Sabrina and Chico the leopard, a gift from circus man Billy Smart - London Airport.

Sabrina is not at all sure she appreciates the thought.

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3 March 1958

Sabrina USA 3 March 1958

New York, New York, U.S. - NORMA ANN SYKES strikes a pose for her first visit to the U.S. where she will make appearance on T.V. shows

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6 March 1958 - The Bradford Era - Dorothy Kilgallen

PRINCE CHRISTIAN OF HANOVER , recently the constant escort of Sabrina, has become the most distinguished pursuer of ballerina Noelle Adam, star of the Francoise Sagan ballet currently playing London.

Sabrina

6 March 1958 - The Stage, p.4

Strawberry blonde June Cunningham has taken over Sabrina's role in "Pleasures of Paris" at the Prince of Wales. This is June's first West End appearance.

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7 March 1958 – International, found in The Register , Mt Vernon, Illinois.

OH, I SAY! — This is Sabrina, In New York from Britain to fill — and we mean fill! — television engagements. Sabrina's beau-tistics are 41½ -18-36, it says (and looks).

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8 March 1958 - Daily Express Sabrina on Steve Allen Show 1958

OUTSIZE earrings — just right to catch the TV eye. This was a rehearsal pre-glimpse of the Steve Allen show, it being the lady's U.S. debut. Her name: SABR1NA.

Sabrina

9 March 1958

Sabrina appeared on the Steve Allen TV show in America, Series 3 Episode 24. 8pm. KRON channel 4.
Thanks to Matt we have a video of Sabrina's 1958 sketch on the Steve Allen Show with Tom Poston. The episode summary records that "Sabrina (billed as an "English glamor girl") - attends cocktail party with Steve and encounters Gordon Hathaway (Nye), shy Mr. Morrison (Knotts), and a doofus who doesn't know his name (Poston)"

The episode screened in Australia on 28 April 1958 on ATN-7 at 8pm in Sydney. It was said to be Sabrina's debut on Sydney TV.

Sabrina

10 March 1958 - San Antonio Light

Sabrina Throws a Curve at Allen
by Jack O'Brian

"Sabrina," the British version of Jayne Mansfield, next to whom Jayne seems ready right now for "Lady Macbeth," was booked on the Steve Allen show solely on the basic of her major measurements.

She came on last night with a plunging costume partly covered with net which didn't mask her rippling rhythmic walk.

Louis Nye, who generally doesn't sink to such extremes, got his laughs or hoots several times by leering long and explicitly at Sabrina's cantilevered construction.

What ever happened to entertainment?

See a follow-up article .

Sabrina

11 March 1958 - Long Beach Calif.

Sabrina, the English beauty, met Hugh O'Brian at Danny's Hide-away and they made a date and went to the Copacabana. "Be careful," a friend warned her."He totes a pair of 38s".
Sabrina came back, "I tote a pair of 41½ s!"

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13 March 1958 - Arrives in Hollwood

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LOS ANGELES 13 March 1958... Fabulous 41½-5-18-36 SABRINA, the TV rage of England, arrived in Los Angeles from New York City for a four-day visit in Hollywood. She has been linked romantically with actor STEVE COCHRAN.

Thanks to our Guy From The Netherlands for this VIP quality pic and the informative caption:

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13 March 1958 - Progress-Index (Virginia) - Earl Wilson

The 41½-inch Sabrina, who came here from England for the Steve Allen show, visited Jane Morgan at the Plaza and Jane asked her the size of her tiny waist. "Eighteen," said Sabrina. "Seventeen if I breathe."

Sabrina

17 March 1958 - The Post-Register , Idaho

Sabrina left for L. A. to visit her buddy Steve Cochrane and her dog Shane, which she loaned to him.

Sabrina and dog Shane

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Sabrina 19 March 1958 - Sabrina: made to measure - Crowd (Oz)
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20 March 1958 - Aberdeen Evening Express - Thursday, p.19

Miss Adam Says No to Sabrina's Prince

I CAN inform Prince Christian of Hanover that the roses been sending every night to Miss Noelle Adam, the ballerina of the bathroom, are getting him nowhere slowly.
The lady will not sup with him. She told him as much when he telephoned her, whereupon the undaunted Prince began bombarding her with roses.
But saying it with flowers is having as little effect upon Miss Adam as saying it with words.

Miss Adam's reluctance to meet the Prince is perhaps understandable. "I can't" she said. "just go out with anyone who happens to ring up, can I? Also I am engaged. What is more. I understand he goes out with Sabrina."...

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27 March 1958 - Moulton Weekly Tribune, Page 5

Buxom Blonde... British Actress Sabrina (Norma Sykes) arrives in New York to fill TV engagements and of course to invite comparison with Monroe and Mansfield.

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31 March 1958 - Blytheville Courier News , Arkansas

LOUIS NYE is embarrassed. He was in a skit with the large, economy-sized Sabrina on Steve Allen's show. And it seemed to most people that he was leering at her superstructure.

"Did it look that way to you?" he's been asking everybody. "Honest. I wasn't. I don't go in for that kind of comedy — and I've had a lot of chances in my time.

"I was only looking at her face. I got home and my wife said, "What got into you?' I was so embarrassed — it must have been the camera angle or something."

He wants it clearly understood he really wasn't doing what it looked like he was doing. That, as the man said, is television.

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3 April 1958 - The Winnsboro News

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BUXOM BLONDE. British actress Sabrina (Norma Sykes) arrives in New York to fill TV engagements, and of course to invite comparison with Monroe and Mansfield.

 a Sabrina Incident

9 April 1958

Sabrina cited in divorce case Sabrina is named as the adultress in divorce plea involving Paul Carpenter. Sabrina denies it was true.

 a Sabrina Incident Read more of the Kim Parker divorce incident.

Listen to Sabrina discuss it in our 2011 interview.

SABRINA, widely known for her excellent figure, is denying strenuously claims targeted at her by the actress Kim Parker during the divorce proceedings against her husband, the film and TV star Paul Carpenter .

It’s claimed that Sabrina and Mr Carpenter committed adultery in a hotel in Paddington, London, and in Mr Carpenter’s apartment in Kensington, London, in December 1956. (Sabrina’s real name is incidentally Norma Sykes.) The two of them "have a clear conscience and will contest the allegations". Kim Parker "continues to admire her husband as an artist, whatever may have happened." She has been married to 38-year-old Paul Carpenter (who was born in Canada) for three years. Kim Parker suffered a miscarriage in February. Note: Paul Carpenter was first married to Miss Pauline Black, daughter of the late Mr George Black, impresario. That marriage was dissolved in 1953.

Picture: Sabrina, blond and with an enviable bust measurement, who was named in the divorce proceedings.

Thanks to The Guy From the Netherlands for the big VIP scan!

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21 April 1958

She's Vice-President of a wrestling club

Sabrina westling Sabrina, the girl with the most "vital" vital statistics in Britain is disturbed by the lack of interest among young people in wrestling.

After all, it is a fine body building sport and as you can see Sabrina believes in keeping the body beautiful.

Photo shows: Sabrina was installed as vice-president of the Sparta Amateur Wrestling Club in Shoreditch, East London yesterday and with a flick of a zip, appeared in a bathing suit ready to wrestle.

Problem for Olympic wrestler Ken Irvin , the instructor, was exactly how could Sabrina wrestle? This is how he solved the problem.

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25 April 1958 - Singapore Straits Times - Page 8

Battle of the Blondes - if it comes off

LONDON, Thurs - An independent studio wants to sign up Diana Dors and television's favourite dumb blonde, Sabrina , for what would be the biggest British film - in its class - ever.

Sabrina has said: "I don't mind. After all, I'm an actress now."

But Diana, whose impressive vital statistics still do not shape up to Sabrina's, is not so sure. "I don't think I could make the weight." she cracked.

One wonders what "its class" actually was, but in the end it didn't "come off" - Ed.

No Sabrina Parking

29 April 1958 - Daily Express

Sabrina's 41-19-36 vital statistics quivered with indignation as she spoke of her clash two hours earlier with Lady Violet Bonham Carter .

Read the dramatic story of how Sabrina and Lady Violet savagely battled over territory the size of Sabrina's car!

No Sabrina Parking

1 May 1958 - Daily Express

A Meter or Sabrina?
A peer offers this choice of views to Lady Violet

A PEER'S crack about car-parking and Sabrina produced a few discreet smiles and a lot of puzzled frowns in the House of Lords yesterday.
Lord Mancroft. Minister Without Portfolio, was answering objections to the appearance of the parking meters that are soon to be erected In London.
He looked across at the Liberal peers present and said: "Perhaps they would like to ask Lady Violet Bonham Carter whether she would prefer to see Sabrina or a parking meter parked in front of her house."
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An echo of the Sabrina-and-Lady-Violet incident will be heard in the Commons next Thursday. Mr. Ray Mawby (Tory, Totnes) will ask Mr. R.A. Butler, the Home Secretary:— "In what circumstances are the Metropolitan Police authorised to remove cars in the highway adjacent to private residences?"

Footnote: The Daily Mail on 28 June 2012 that our hero, Ray Mawby, had a gambling addiction and sold information - including floorplans of the Prime Minister's office - to communist spies in the 1960s.

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1 May 1958 - The Stage, p.3 and p.15

Sunday concerts at Great Yarmouth Butlin's Holiday Camps include Sabrina and Benny Hill.

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1 May 1958 - The Stage, p5

Georgie Wood laments laments that "Sabrina gets 100 guineas and Lady Isobel Barnett's fee is 80 guineas just to open a garden féte [but they] don't necessarily have to have any talent [and] frequently get into our homes through the medium of ...Terrorvision."

Read the article in Social Commentary.

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30 April 1958 - Glasgow Herald

Sabrina, in a silver mink coat spent 10 minutes in Throgmorton Street this afternoon and aroused more public interest in the Stock Exchange than a decade of plodding official propaganda has attracted to it. Excited crowds stood four deep along the narrow pavement while dealers waited inside with a dignified air of calm.

For this was to be Sabrina's first lesson in how to invest in stocks and shares and her advisers thought it would be a good idea to show her first of all how the market works. On these grounds the visit must be considered a complete failure.

When she arrived business ground to a halt as every eye in the "house" swivelled to the public gallery. If some of the older members thought the proceedings "unworthy," nowhere could any lack of interest be detected. In fact it was made abundantly clear from later conversation that Miss Norma Sykes has entered the extensive mythology of the Stock Exchange.

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13 May 1958 - Daily Express

An article examining the general class of 'Cool Blondes', including our Sabrina's and her fashion and decorating sense .

Sabrina may not be the most beautiful of Cool Blondes — but for my money she's certainly the best value.

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18 May 1958

SABRINA CAUGHT SPEEDING - Bosomy, blonde entertainer Sabrina was fined £2 yesterday for speeding in Green Park, London .

There are more details in the Sabrina In Court page.

Bullet 19 May 1958 - turns 22
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20 May 1958 - Daily Express

Sabrina undergoes speech analysis to read her character.

Sabrina 22 May 1958 : Sabrina appears in a British Pathé newsreel featuring British stars cavorting with fans at a Battersea Park Variety Club Garden Party in London. Visit British Pathé to see it.
Sabrina The release of the hit comedy movie, Blue Murder at St. Trinian's
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May 1958 : Sabrina Slays the Yanks. '66' magazine

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5 June 1958 - Daily Express

STIRLING MOSS has bought his Canadian wife Katie a £10,000 house in a cobbled cul-de-sac in Mayfair. It is the house Sabrina lived in when she first came to London.

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7 June 1958

Sabrina boarding helicopter 1958 SABRINA INSURED FOR £100,000 pounds
SABRINA, the girl with the most vital "vital statistics" in British show-business, flew to Alexandra Park, London, today in a helicopter to open a gala fete.

She was insured for £100,000 pounds by the organisers.
PHOTO SHOWS: Sabrina about to board the helicopter for the trip to Alexander Park.

From the caption on the back of the following photo kindly supplied by Philip:

And the lucky man gallantly helping her out at Alexandra Palace is Captain Dibb, a BEA helicopter pilot. According to the caption on the back of the photo they’ve flown from Chiswick – that’s less than 15 miles. Perhaps the traffic was bad that day. Perhaps Sabrina didn’t want to risk crushing and creasing her gorgeous hat and coat. Or perhaps it was just a great photo opportunity.

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11 June 1958 - Daily Express

Last Night's Quote - by Sabrina, on hearing that her manager, Joe Matthews, was trying to get her adopted as a Liberal candidate for Blackpool:

"I think it is a bit potty."

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13 June 1958 - Daily Express

Moving In

Sabrina is moving into a new flat overlooking Hyde Park. The furnishings will include a round bed and a grand piano with a mink cover.

Her Press agent says: "The mink cover is to keep her warm when she sits on top of the piano."

Tinkling the keyboard with her bare feet, I presume, while she reads Hansard and prepares her first speech as a Parliamentary candidate.

There have been quite a curious references to Sabrina becoming a politician .

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20 June 1958

Sabina Tony Dalli 20 June 1958 London, England, United Kingdom - NORMA ANN SYKES with [Italian singer] TONY DALLI* arrive at the midnight premier of the film "The Goddess" at the Odeon Theatre , Leicester Square.

*Alternatively spelled "Dali"

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3 July 1958

Sabrina is Carnival Queen at the Carnival at Bexhill and Eastbourne (Film Clip BGU503040563) - a Carnival with Parade of tableaux.

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16 July 1958

Sabrina with naval cadets Shy of Sabrina?

Naval officer cadets Paul Holland and Michael Stag were too shy to kiss Sabrina last night. "I don't think", said 21 year old Paul, blushing slightly, "that we'd be acting as officers

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29 July 1958

Sabrina 29 July 1958 at court suing for Cinderella Nightingale libel London, England, United Kingdom - NORMA ANN SYKES escorted on her arrival at the Law Courts for her hearing on suing London publisher Arthur Baker Ltd. for alleged libel.

Read more of the Curious Cinderella Nightingale Incident

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30 July 1958 - Daily Express

Sabrina, the shapely blonde of show business, received an apology in the High Court yesterday from Arthur Barker,Limited, publishers of the book, "Cinderella Nightingale."

She complained that it cast an unjustifiable reflection on her and her father. The publishers agreed to pay costs.

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7 August 1958 - Janesville Daily Gazette

Sabrina's quitting England for the U.S.

Publicist Carl Erbe went on a "relative-safari" in S. Africa; advertised for — and found — 80 kinfolk descending from the family in Leeds, England. First time in history a fellow went looking for — instead of avoiding — relatives.

Sabrina

14 August 1958 - The Stage, p.3 - Thursday

Sabrina Gets Apology

Sabrina and her rather were wrongly identified with two unpleasant characters in a novel, it was stated in the High Court in London last week. She was given an apology by the publishers and the book has been withdrawn from circulation.

Read the details of the Cinderella Nightingale Incident

Sabrina

17 August 1958

Sabrina appears on 'The Frankie Howerd Show' on ITV along with Margaret Rutherford and Michael Denison at 8.30pm.

Sabrina

20 August 1958 - Daily Express

Vital (41-19-36) Comment from Sabrina at the Prince of Wales Theatre: "Beauty contests are all wrong. There is no chance to judge by antything except figure, face and hair."

(From an article about a vicar who turned down an invitation to pick a bathing beauty at a contest.)

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25 August 1958

Sabrina and fans 30 Aug 58

Sabrina - an attraction even for the youngsters

Big attraction at the 25th Radio and Television Show at Earls Court, London was that bosomie bombshell Sabrina.
Yet for a chance it wasn't the men visiting the show who went hounding after her. Instead it was the kids who got the big look-in.
With the girls pushing their young male opponents to one side in a battle to obtain her autograph.

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30 August 1958 - The Times

Last performance of 'Pleasures of Paris' at the Prince of Wales theatre, after debuting on 20 April 1957 : a run of over a year!

Sabrina

4 September 1958 - The Stage, page 6

Sabrina appears in this week's "Can Do" programme. She takes on the role of a swimmer. She was a schoolgirl swimming
champion.

Sabrina in white

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15 September 1958 - Daily Express

Sabrina and Tommy Yeardye and horseMUSCLE man Tommy Yeardye, ex-business manager to Diana Dors, is going into partnership with Sabrina. She wants to buy a farm.

And the man who last week was said to have "no means of livelihood" wants to look after the horses.

I wonder whether this was just another publicity stunt, and for whose benefit it was: hers or Tommy's. Sabrina has at no other time expressed any interest in farms or horses. She even refused to play Lady Godiva in 1956 ! - Mark

Bullet

16 September 1958

LUXURY - YET STILL SHE CAN'T SLEEP

Sabrina in her satin bed It seems that the things that sound good in a dream are gibberish in the mind. Our research about sleep took our photographer into one of London's most fabulous bedrooms - Sabrina's.

The whole of one wall in Sabrina's bedroom is panelled in glass: "I like a pretty bedroom," Sabrina said. "I just can't sleep anyway, so I might as well have a lovely room to lie awake in..."

"If you can find a cure for insomnia, let me know," Sabrina said. "I sometimes lie awake all night. I design clothes in my mind: by the morning I've designed a whole wardrobe.."

Photo Shows: Sabrina - sleepless in a luxurious bedroom.

Sabrina bedroom

Above: A photo of Sabrina abed, from another (unknown) source. Just in case you were wanting a photo like that.

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18 September 1958 -The Hamilton Journal

British muscleman Tommy Yeardye's latest defection from Diana Dors to Sabrina recalls the coincidence that Dennis Hamilton , Diana's ex-husband, also segued to Sabrina, and Dickie Dawson , Diana's present beau, was once Sabrina's property. Obviously, these three gentlemen don't just prefer blondes, they prefer the SAME blondes . . .

Sabrina

25 September 1958 - The Stage, p.11

Sabrina made a first appearance in Norwich on Saturday last at the Samson Ballroom, where the resident band is that of Brian Green and his Music.

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25 September 1958

Sabrina debuts in cabaret at the Don Juan Club in the West End of London. Her salary is said to be £500 a week.

The reservation cards at the packed ringside tables read like an international Who's Who. The Maharajah and Maharani of Jaipur, the Duke of Bedford, the Air Minister, George Ward, Charles Clore, Burt Lancaster .

It also had "Mrs John Ward who serves on many charity committees and is a lover of high fashion" who said:

"I wore a white ostrich feather wig for Sabrina's cabaret debut. Everyone adored it."

I thought you'd want to know that.

Her appearances at the Don Juan Club ended when she failed to appear on November 3 .

Sabrina

25 September 1958

SABRINA, who will leave London far Australia in six weeks or so with a singing and dancing act. "Liberace has warned me that I won't like it there," she said, "but I don't think we have the same tastes."

Sabrina September 1958 : My Night Out with Sabrina - Photoplay
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7 October 1958

Sabrina's jewellery

Many stars have sidelines... something to fall back on in bad days, a little something bringing in an extra penny (as if they need it.) Sabrina's little something on her side is making costume jewellery. You see her with some of the items they turn out at her factory.

The following advertisement is From 10 December 1955 - Daily Mirror

Sabrina Jewellery Ltd ad 1955

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15 October 1958 - Australian Women's Weekly, p.82. In an article about Diana Dors.

Tommy [Yeardye] is going steady now with Britain's other bosomy blonde, Sabrina.

Sabrina

October 1958 - Escapade Interviews Sabrina - Escapade (U.S. visit).

October 1958 - Sabrina the Great - Pose , October 1958.

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Around October 1958 : Short visit to America to do TV

Sabrina, Zugsmith, Cochrane 1958

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HOLLYWOOD EYE-FUL is presented by British actress Sabrina, a visitor at MGM this week with Steve Cochran , right, and producer Albert Zugsmith during filming of 'THE BEAT GENERATION'. Presented with a gold key to the studio, the generously endowed English lass is enroute to Australia with her own revue, then is being beckoned by Zugsmith to return to Hollywood for a co-starring film with Cochran.

Sabrina November 1958 : Britain's answer to Jayne Mansfield. Hi-Life magazine.
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3 November 1958 - Daily Mirror

Sabrina guest-stars in ITV's series "Living It Up" (9:30 pm)

Richard "Stinker" Murdoch Is worried that he is not well known enough to impress television producers. He is talked into taking out Sabrina as a means to this end.
But the glamorous star appears to be more interested in Arthur Askey.
Sabrina will be wearing a £4,000 silver mink tonight. It is one of a collection of six furs.
Sabrina says: "They are a consolation instead of boy friends — warm and cuddly. I am so busy I never have time for men."

Sabrina

5 November 1958 - Daily Express

Club owner accuses Sabrina

Cabaret star Sabrina will get a lawyer's letter today threatening her with legal proceedings.

She did not appear at the Don Juan Club, Grosvenor Street on Monday night. And the letter says:

"Our clients must treat the contract as broken by you and take such steps as are necessary to protect their interests.

"As a result of your breach of contract, our clients are likely to suffer damage both financially and to their reputation, for which you must be held responsible."

Sabrina appeared in Bradford, Yorkshire last night. Her mother said in her Knightsbridge flat she understood her daughter had been released by the club.

Sabrina

5 November 1958 - Pharos-Tribune

Harold Rothschild of the London banking tribe has his hands full these nights with Sabrina, England's answer to Mrs. Hargitay... [Jayne Mansfield's married name]

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12 November 1958

Sabrina packed her suitcase for her trip to Rome and then Australia .

Sabrina packs to go to Rome and Australia 1958

Sadly, the make and model of the suitcase are currently unknown .

Sabrina in Australia, 12Nov58 Actress Sabrina posed like this at London Airport today, 12 November, before flying out to Rome. She will spend ten days there before flying onto Australia where she is to make theatrical appearances.

Sabrina

13 November 1958 - Aberdeen Evening Express - Thursday, p1


CAPTION

Britain is to be Sabrinaless for the next nine months. Sabrina flew to Rome from London Airport on her way to Australia for six months, followed by three months in the United States. She will appear in variety in Australia and cabaret in the U.S.A. With her went £200 worth of excess baggage in dresses and clothes. "My complete wardrobe," she said, "sometimes I get a little sad at the thought of being away from the country for so long, but there is no question of emigrating."

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15 November 1958

Topfoto metadata suggests Sabrina had a cup of tea in a hotel in Rome.
I wouldn't be surprised. Not at all .

That's just the sort of thing our Sabrina would've been up to.

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18 November 1958 - In Rome. See more Rome photos.

En route to Australia, she visits Rome - where an Italian handled Sabrina's bust.

What did she do there?

THIS!

Sabrina against the wall

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And THIS!

Sabrina in Rome

Rome! British actress Sabrina whose physical attributes are enough to turn viewers' heads tries her skill at turning a hula hoop here November 18, 1958. She was here on vacation.

Sabrina in Rome with Assen Peikov

21 November 1958

ROME : Getting the proper perspective on his work, Bulgarian-born sculptor Assen Peikov compares bosomy British actress Sabrina with the bus of her he's just created. Many stars of stage and screen visit Peikov's studio to have themselves "immortalized" in clay. 21 November 1958.

Sabrina with statue by Assen Peikov Rome 1958

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24 November 1958

Sabrina outside Grauman's 1958 HOLLYWOOD: Britain's buxom actress, Sabrina , poses in the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theatre while actor Steve Cochran (foreground, back to camera) takes her picture.

Sabrina, who at one time was billed as Britain's answer to Marilyn Monroe, is en route to Australia where she will appear in her own follies show. She stopped off here to see Cochran, an old friend.

 a Sabrina Incident

27 November 1958 , and Sabrina is due to arrive in Sydney from Italy.

Her mother Annie arrives, but there is no sign of Sabrina who had decided to come to Australia via California after having "a couple of champagnes".

Read articles about the Lost Sabrina incident .

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28 November 1958 - Arrives in Australia to do Pleasures of Paris .

Sabrina arrives Sydney, Nov 1958 While in Australia, she went fishing with Bob and Dolly Dyer (quiz show stars) and Graham Kennedy, Australian TV icon. Pictures of Sabrina in Australia .

MANY MORE DETAILS can be found in this account of Sabrina's 1958 visit to Melbourne and Sydney

See the newsreel of Sabrina's arrival.

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Reported 17 April 1959 - quite late! Greeley Tribune , Boulder, Colorado.

Sabrina Has Troubles

When her luggage failed to arrive from Rome, Sabrina, shapely British blonde actress, faced a clothing crisis in Melbourne. Because her measurements are 41½-18-36, she cannot buy dresses to fit. All the clothes she had were what she arrived in, with her mother, Mrs. Walter Sykes.

Then one trunk showed up and Sabrina, in a form-hugging flaming red dress, stopped traffic in the middle of the Australian city, crowds mobbed the theater.

Sabrina

29 November 1958 Sun-Herald

Sabrina Here One Hour

British TV and film star Sabrina arrived in Sydney by P.A.A. from the United States yesterday.

She stayed an hour at Mascot and then left for Melbourne.

Sabrina had delayed her arrival in Australia by making a quick trip to Los Angeles to discuss a film script with actor Steve Cochrane.

"There's no romance there," she told a crowded Press reception at Mascot.

Sabrina will return to Sydney in February to begin a season at the Tivoli Theatre on February 25

Sabrina

29 November 1958

Sabrina arrived from Sydney at Essendon Airport, Melbourne, and the world's press was there to greet her. Her mauve car was there to whisk her away to the Chevron Hotel. There were mauve pennants with the wording “Sabrina” to fly from the car and permission was given for it to be on the tarmac. The Children’s Hospital “Miss Summer Festival’s” fifteen finalists were there to add to the welcome.

Crowds had gathered along the route to welcome Sabrina in her mauve car. A police escort, helped Sabrina’s car, followed by six Vauxhalls (carrying the finalists of the ‘Miss Summer Festival”) followed by the Light Car Club cars, festooned with balloons and streamers. (From the Sabrina in Oz page)

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29 November 1958 - The Canberra Times (page 22)

'Doctorate' For Sabrina

MELBOURNE

Sabrina, whose principal claim to fame is her 41½-18-35 figure, received the "degree" of "doctor of physical development" when she reached Essendon Airport this afternoon.
University students, wearing white gowns and masks,conferred the "degree" on her amid general hilarity in which Sabrina joined in good spirit.
When asked about the nature of her stage appearances in Australia, Sabrina looked slightly uncomfortable and quickly explained that hers was a "singing act."

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30 November 1958

Meets Stirling Moss at the Melbourne Grand Prix at Albert Park. See the video!

Sabrina and Stirling Moss 1958

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It was a busy year. She made a TV ad for Caltex .

Sabrina's TV ad


She was delighted to see Slim Dusty's greatest-hits and vice versa.

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From: Riding this Road: My Life - Making Music and Travelling This Wide Land with Slim Dusty
By Joy McKean

In Sydney, during the first Royal Show we worked at in 1958, an English girl called Sabrina was the rage of the gossip columns and newspapers. Her claim to fame seemed to rest upon her ample bust, which she used to feature well up front whenever a photographer hove into view.

At this time Frank suggested to EMI that with the runaway success and high sales of the 'Pub' [With No Beer] they should acknowledge Slim’s success with, say, a Gold Record and the record company had indeed acted on the suggestion with enthusiasm. They manufactured and presented to Slim the first Gold Record ever made in Australia and still the only gold 78 rpm in existence in this country.

The ensuing publicity was a big challenge to Sabrina's campaign, so it is was inevitable, I suppose, that Frank and her publicity people would put their heads together. The PR ground into action and next thing Frank had teed up a photo session featuring Slim and Sabrina.

Well, Slim and Sabrina posed with the Gold Record, with Sabrina’s famous attributes blocking most of the view of the award; Slim was beaming but wondering what she was going to do next.

He reckoned he'd never seen anyone so smart with photos as that girl - she'd catch sight of a camera and it was in with the tummy and out with top. Slim found it a bit nervewracking, apparently, to put his arms around Sabrina to hold a beer glass prop, trying to dodge the famous bust that seemed to be everywhere. He was perspiring, but manfully stuck with it and got the photo session done.


And she had a picnic at Healesville Sanctuary. Read the magazine!

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It was a vintage year as Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr also toured in 1959. No entertainer got more publicity or bigger crowds than Sabrina until The Beatles toured in 1964.

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Sabrina talks about her Australian stay - and Sinatra - in her life story, from 23 June 1960.

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6 December 1958 - Daily Express

SABRINA has been signed by Hollywood producer and actor Steve Cochran to star in "Adam and Eve," a film he is doing next year. "She's got all that Eve had," says Cochran.

Sadly, this is another Sabrinafilm that was never made .

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8 December 1958 - Behind the Scenes by Harrison Carroll - Vidette Messenger - Valvaraiso, Indiana (USA)

WITHOUT so much as a telegram of warning, British actress Sabrina flew in to see Steve Cochran , who used to date her in London in 1955.

Steve already had asked Mamie Van Doren to go out that night, so Sabrina and Sandra Giles (they met on the plane) went to the Slate Brothers club with Chuck Livingstone and Lee Fleishman.
Steve tossed Sabrina a party at his house the next night.
"How did Mamie take all this?" I asked Steve.
"She was sort of non-committal," he replied.

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9 December 1958

Opens in the Pleasures of Paris , Melbourne.

Sabrina's unknown friend recalls:

"The foyer was decorated with a large wooden model of the Eiffel Tower which sprayed perfume in the air. The setting was all very Parisian. The publicity had been around Sabrina and now the audiences were to see what she could really do, except show off her voluptuous figure. Her stage costumes had been made by Melbourne’s designer, Simon Shinberg’s Company.

So the great moment arrived when Sabrina, flanked by the Horrie Dargie Quintet, sang her theme song “I Want to Cuddle a Koala”, then “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend”, throwing fake jewellery into the audience. Sabrina was a success, her voice, not strong but, who cares. She was very professional and as one journalist was heard to say in the interval, “An extraordinary girl paid to purvey sex yet the pitch doesn’t stick to her”. “As friendly as a kitten”, one staid editor told me. They were enamoured. It amazed me, but I knew it was there, for no matter how late we were for appointments, as soon as we arrived Sabrina gave of herself and all was forgiven."

With (Source)

The Nicoli Bros.
The Horrie Dargie Quintet
The Andrea Dancers
The Mistin Juniors

Max Harrison, Comedian
Syd Harrison, Comedian
Jackie Monnier, Dancer
Billy Baxter, Performer
Martin Clark, Performer
Edit Juhasz, Performer
Sabrina, Performer

POP toured to:

  • Melbourne - Tivoli Theatre - 9 Dec 1958 - 19 Feb 1959 (approx)
  • Sydney - Tivoli Theatre - 24 Feb - 29 April 1959
  • Adelaide - Theatre Royal - 1 June - 10 June 1959
  • Perth - His Majesty's Theatre - mid-June 1959. Details are very murky about this.

More details of Sabrina's life in Oz, 1958-1959 .

Listen to Barry Crocker recall his days in Melbourne and Adelaide in the Tivoli with Sabrina - including how he became her manager.

 

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10 December 1958 - The Age (Melbourne)

Big Audience for Sabrina

The Premier (Mr. Bolte) and Mrs. Bolte were in the large audience at the Tivoli theatre last night for the opening performance of Pleasures of Paris , starring Sabrina.

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16 December 1958

UK’s Sabrina Signed for 10 US movies

HOLLYWOOD (UPI) — Actor-producer Steve Cochran has confirmed reports that his Robert Alexander Productions has signed British actress Sabrina to a film contract calling for a total of 10 films to be made at the rate of two a year.

"We took some test films of Sabrina," Cochran said. "It looked good and we felt that she would be fine for our next film, "The Hood," which will be filmed next summer. He said the buxom British actress is "quite excited" about her contract with his company, which will pay her $30,000 for the first film.

"Right now." Cochran said," Stanley Kramer is interested in 'borrowing' Sabrina for a role in his 'On the Beach,' now being filmed in Australia."

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21 December 1958

In an article that asked many famous and average Australian people what sort of Christmas lunch they would be having...

Then there was that person — the ONLY person I spoke to who wasn't going to eat a traditional Christmas dinner.
"I'll have a nice, juicy steak for Christmas," Sabrina said before she went on stage in Melbourne.
"I just can't resist a lovely Australian steak ..."

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21 December 1958

Covergirl for L'EUROPEO magazine

Sabrina 1958

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Reported 27 December 1958 - Steve's a Cool Cat

A dear from Britain, girl named Sabrina, was also visiting Steve [Cochran] the day I was there, but she was gone for the afternoon.

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