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Bullet Sabrina is appearing in the Academy Players Directory, an actors' casting guide, represented by the Louis Shure Agency. Issue number 90, page 202.

Sabrina Bowling - from Youtube: Sabrina Bowling 1961

Here's a real oddity. " celebrity Lanes" was a syndicated bowling series that aired on American television in the early 1960s. This episode, believed to be from 1961, features two celebrities, night club entertainer Milt Kamen and British TV star Sabrina in a doubles competition with their pro bowling partners Phillis Notaro and Lou "Wrong Foot" Campi.

Campi won the first-ever PBA tournament in 1959. And Notaro was the 1961 All Star Champion.

George DeWitt, best known for hosting '50s musical quiz show "Name That Tune," [and rumoured in 1960 to be dating Sabrina] serves as emcee, and a very young Chris Schenkel handles play-by-play.

Celebrities would bowl the first ball in each frame, and their pro partner would bowl the second ball. Blue pins, if knocked down on the first ball, would add $1,000 to the total winnings for the celebrity, with all winnings donated to a college or university. This is very quirky...to say the least.

View Sabrina bowling - Part 1

And Sabrina's bowling talent in Part 2

Editorial: It's odd that in her arrival in part 1, Sabrina says that she's brought "her equipment" and coyly looks downwards.

It's interesting because
(1) she had been trying to downplay the importance of her bust, yet now seems to playing that angle again, and
(2) the guy didn't seem to get the joke at all.

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4 January 1961 - Humboldt Standard - Lee Mortimer

Ten bonus Sabrinapoints (redeemable at any Sabrinashop) to anyone who can suggest what this comment by Lee Mortimer means. It's most cryptic...

It was a minor miracle when Shelley Thomas didn't collide with his favorite Sabrina at the Harwyn, because Joyce Miracle with whom he was two-timing, was so late in dressing that Sabrina (who was also two-timing) was gone when he arrived.

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21 January 1961 - Anderson Daily Bulletin

Voice of Broadway... by Dorothy Kilgallen

Glamor girl Sabrina says she turned down an invitation to the inaugural festivities because she had promised to appear in Denver for Boys' Town of Italy.

Again, bonus points are on offer for telling me what festivities she turned down. The article says nought.

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1 February 1961 - Lee Mortimer

Young Shelley Thomas said at the Harwyn he'd brought Sabrina, the busty Britisher, home to meet his ma...

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2 February 1961 - Lee Mortimer

Romance between Shelley Thomas and Sabrina is something...

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10 February 1961 - Lee Mortimer

Sabrina signed to appear at the Deauville with Jimmy Durante . That'll be something'

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14 February 1961

Mickey Rooney , ailing, had to cancel out of the Miami Beach nightclub engagement — one that would have had him sharing the bill with Sabrina.

Sabrina (Norma Ann Sykes) in magazines 1 March 1961- Sabrina hits America - People
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3 March 1961 - Pharos-Tribune , Logansport, Indiana USA

Sabrina, the British Mansfield, and Hollywood's Rad Fulton went home in a Central Park hansom after whooping it up at Cyrano's.

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20 March 1961 - Humboldt Standard

Battle of the Bulge fought all over again at Tony Butrico's Bowl-A-Rama while Sabrina and Dagmar bowled agin each other in low cut dresses.

I have my doubts about this supposed event. It just doesn't ring true - Ed.

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25 March 1961 - Anderson Daily Bulletin , Indiana USA

El Morocco may never be the same. Sabrina made the entrance last night wearing a slave girl costume with at least four feet of bare midriff and many inches of bare decolletage! She'd been to a charity party and that was the garb she wore when they "auctioned her off" for $300. (The expressions on the ringsiders at Morocco were worth far more than that when she took to the dance floor with Richard Kollmar .)

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2 April 1961 - Palm Beach Daily News

Sabrina arrived at Palm Beach Towers from New York City where she will remain for an indefinite time.

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20 April 1961 - Hedda Hopper

Jackie Barnett isn't wasting any time since Tony Curtis signed to do "Playboy." He's planning to make a picture of his "Playgirls" and has Burt Kennedy writing the script. Sheree North. Sabrina, Sue Carson, and Joan O'Brien are doing their "Playgirls" act at the Riverside hotel in Reno, and will do the picture after their tour is finished.

Sadly, the movie didn't happen.


29 April 1961 - The Brazil Daily Times , Indiana, p.8. Harrison Carroll.

BRITISH ACTRESS Sabrina and Jackie Barnett [writer, producer and director] have settled their argument. In his new " Playgirls " revue, Jackie will allow Sabrina to wear that extra low-cut gown in the late shows.

Sabrina (Norma Ann Sykes) in magazines April: Sabrina's screen test for 'Satan in High Heels' - Scene For Men .

3 May 1961 - Reno Evening Gazette , p.20

1961-05-03 - Ad for Playgirls revue

Playgirls , with Sheree North , Sabrina , Sue Carson , Shirley Harmer at the Riverside Hotel, Reno.


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4 May 1961 - Sabrina opens in " The Playgirls Revue " at Reno's Riverside Hotel with Sheree North and others.

Sabrina in 'Playgirls'

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5 May 1961- Nevada State Journal

Sabrina and the Playgirls ad

Sabrina (Norma Ann Sykes) in magazines May: Sabrina and Castro - On the QT Magazine
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6 May 1961 - Nevada State Journal

All New Production Accents Four Stars

Glamour mixed with dedicated effort, as four show business greats combined their talents under the skilled direction of Jackie Barnett to present Reno with a noteworthy first. The opening of Jackie Barnett's Playgirls, Thursday night, at Bill Miller's Riverside Hotel marked the first time a major entertainment production has been exposed to the public in Reno, in its premier performance...

Read the whole Playgirls article.

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10 May 1961 - The Hamilton Journal

A chap called Tommy Gallagher [a boxing trainer?] would like to give Sabrina a last name. His!

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15 May 1961 - The Coshocton Tribune , Ohio, USA - The Voice of Broadway by Dorothy Kilgallen.

English actress Sabrina and her manager, Lee Magid , have parted after a colorful spat.

Bullet 19 May 1961- turns 25
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13 June 1961 - Mike Connelly, Notes from Hollywood

That Sabrina is a real swinger. She tells me her big ambition is to play Monopoly with REAL money.

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27 June 1961 - Sabrina's Got Problems - Sabrina explains to Earl Wilson how men rip her off.

..."My mother is afraid I'm going to wind up on the shelf," she said. "You see, a girl of my figure attracts the strangest men."

Sabrina confessed that one beau went to Reno with her when she appeared at Bill Miller's Riverside Hotel — and he lost her money at gambling — her whole pay check...

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2 July 1961 - Joplin Globe , Missouri

Sabrina , the English doll who is as well endowed physically as Bing Crosby is financially, has cleavage problems on TV — "they make me cover everything except my face" — but problems in Reno? Yes, in Reno. She's in Jackie Barnett's new "Playgirls Revue," opening at the Riverside Hotel there — and, she said: "They told me to be modest for the dinner show, with a more daring costume for the late show. It was news to me that kiddies go to the dinner show in Reno."

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Sabrina films 'Satan in High Heels' (which premieres in New York in March 1962). It failed commercially, but has since become a cult film. Also features Meg Myles.

"Sexy Shocker" poster
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"I've just made a picture in Hollywood. It's called 'Satan In Heels' [sic] and it's an American version of 'La Dolce Vita' and it's very good." - Sabrina, 1962

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21 July 1961 - Morning Herald , PA. by Earl Wilson

Bosomy Sabrina tells me she drew crowds in Houston "and they don't think I'm a total bust"

4 August 1961 - The Times , San Francisco

Sabrina, magnetic singer, is featured in the Cal-Neva Lodge Show with Jackie Barnett's 'Playgirls'.

[On 24 August, The Stage reported that the show was still playing "with Atlantic City, New York to follow."]

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21 September 1961 - Daily Express

SABRINA — Norma Sykes from Blackpool — is to enter a Hollywood hospital for treatment for osteomyelitis, a bone disease in her legs.

She said tonight: "I can hardly walk. It is something I was left with after polio when I was 15. It has got worse in the last few weeks, and is now almost unbearable."

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3 October 1961 - The Brazil Daily Times , Indiana, p.4. Harrison Carroll

ROUGH BREAK for British actress Sabrina. She said she is suffering from osteomyelitis and may have to undergo surgery.

"I had the bone disease after a polio attack when I was 15 years old," she said. "It went away, but recently my right leg began hurting. The pain was almost unbearable. My doctor wants me to enter the hospital. Sabrina has been staying at the apartment of friend Juli Reding. Their combined measurements would give Jayne Mansfield nightmares,


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6 November 1961 - Sydney Morning Herald , p.9. Article kindly provided by Lord Corey of Fulton.

Sabrina to visit Australia 1961

Caption: Sabrina, pictured on her visit to Sydney three years ago.

Sabrina, the blonde English actress who toured Australia three years ago, may be back in Sydney next month.

A SPOKESMAN for the Revue nightclub, which opened in Sydney last week, said that Sabrina had accepted offers to come to Sydney to appear at the nightclub. He said the engagement would also mean television appearances for her during her stay, which is expected to be about two months.

Sabrina arrived in Australia in November, 1958, and stayed about a year. Her movements since have been difficult to follow, but she is now in New York.

The English star's most important television performance on her last Sydney visit was in the Stan Freberg Show, which was produced by ATN 7.

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12 October 1961 - Sabrina Shop?

Sabrina shop Sabrina Shops, specializing in women's intimate apparel, has opened the second unit in a proposed chain of six shops at 5241 Hazelbrook Ave. in Lakewood Center. Owner Alvin Walshin also operates a Sabrina Shop in the Buena Park Shopping Center. Miss Norma Barran is Lakewood store manager.

I don't know if Sabrina licensed her name, but that shop's sign suggests Sabrina's signature...

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12 December 1961 - Pasadena Independent - Mike Connolly

They're widening the doors for the Warner Bros. casting directors. Sabrina, who measures 42-21-38 and Greta Thyssen (41-30-37) are screen-testing at the studio to play stripteasers in Rolalind Russell's "Gypsy."

She didn't get the part.
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