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Sabrina appears at the Nantwich Carnival for charity with David Hamilton.

Sabrina 1963 Nantwich Carnival

Sabrina 1963 Nantwich Carnival

Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

11 December 2021

Sabrina presents a prize to charity runners .

Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

23 January 1963 - Mike Connelly - MIKE'S MAILBAG

Dear Mike: A friend of mine bet me $50 that Sabrina, the English actress, has larger measurements than Jayne Mansfield. To settle it, we wrote to both actresses. Jayne wrote back that her measurements are: Bust: 41 inches; waist: 20 inches; hips: 35 inches.

Sabrina wrote back that hers are 4l½-18-36. Our letters to the actresses were identical. Neither mentioned a bet of any kind or gave any evidence that one was competing with the other. On the strength of these letters, I lost $50.

I wrote to Jayne about this matter. She wrote back that she personally feels that Sabrina is not as large as Sabrina claims, and I agree with Jayne. I want your unbiased opinion on the comparisons and I am writing to you at Jayne's suggestion. Bob Jensen; Atlanta, Ga. (CC: Jayne Mansfield).

Dear Bob: My unbiased opinion is that you should chalk up the loss up to experience, lay off your studies in female anatomy for a while and start studying female psychology.

Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

12 February 1963 - Daily Mirror Sabrina in silhouette

SABRINA - the croupier stopped

I WAS sitting quietly at a gambling-table in Las Vegas one night — or rather morning — when someone moved into the stool beside me and halted the croupier raking in the chips.
I turned and saw Sabrina.

Later I asked her if she was contemplating a return to her native country, Britain. "Maybe sometime," she said. "But I want to start afresh, to rebuild my image, to stop just being known for my bosom."

I'd say, dear Sabrina, that before you can start rebuilding that image of yours, there's a rather more complicated piece of reconstruction you'll have to do elsewhere...


17 March 1963 - Back to England Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

Sabrina, away from England for 4 years, shows she has lost none of her charm. She is pictured at her London Hotel soon after flying in from Los Angeles to appear next Sunday with comedian Arthur Askey in a TV show at the London Palladium. It was with Arthur Askey that Sabrina became famous - without saying a word. She just walked on stage in his TV Show. Her figure spoke for her.

Thanks to 'The Guy From the Netherlands' for the pic!


These 2 pix are from the same photoshoot

Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

18 March 1963 - Daily Express Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

SABRINA came back to London last night with an American accent, seven mink stoles and a ruby ring on her engagement finger the size of a young strawberry.
She was escorted by a personable 32-year-old New Yorker, Manning Ross , as her director-manager.
Sabrina, who has been in Australia and America for four and a half years, said she bought her own furs and jewellery.
Read more .


18 March 1963 - Rehearsing with Arthur for ‘Sunday night at the Palladium’

A lovely moody photo of Sabrina from 1963 Loverly!

Sabrina and Arthur Askey
Upgraded September 2020

Sabrina in fur
Sabrina in London after 5 years in America (fullsize)

Sabrina unpacking
Sabrina unpacking at her London hotel - 18 March 1963 (upgraded 20 Sept 2018)

Sabby in a beehive on a bed

Sabrina posed in a bedroom at the Dorchester Hotel in London on 18th March 1963.

Sabrina 18 March 1963 rehearsing

English glamour model and actress Sabrina in rehearsal for her appearance with Arthur Askey on 'Sunday Night at the Palladium' in London, UK, 18th March 1963.

Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

19 March 1963 - Daily Mirror

Among the Luggage
THE return of sexy actresses to this country is a rigid ritual that never changes. The arrival of Sabrina from the United States on Sunday evening was delightfully true to form.
The famous figure is 42-17-36. This Sabrina has arrived from Los Angeles with half a ton of luggage and a dark, handsome manager. "There's no romance," she said.

Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

19 March 1963 - Daily Express Sabrina - Mink Security 1963

"You know," she said... "when I finally do go back to London. I'm going back big. You know? I'll make those people who laughed at me laugh on the other sides of their faces.
"For a long time I didn't know what It was I wanted. Now I know.
"I wanted respect. Just a little respect. It goes a long way. It was the one thing I was short on, I guess. Respect."

A mature Sabrina contemplates her past, future and minks.

(Photo Caption: Sabrina rests on a couch surrounded by the spoils of three years' work - a fortune in mink furs. )

Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

20 March 1963

Remember that darling of delight, that gal with the mostest in the right places - Sabrina? Well, after triumphs in America she is returning home, to appear with Arthur Askey in a late March"Sunday Night at the London Paladium" show. It was Arthur Askey, the Liverpool comic, who first treated us to an exciting view of Sabrina, and we sure are grateful for his generosity. After all, he's not known as big hearted for nothing! Come to think of it, she's pretty big hearted herself! She was once famous as Norma Sykes of Manchester, a model.


Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

23 March 1963 - Daily Mirror

Arthur and Sabrina... TOGETHER AGAIN Sabrina and Arthur Askey

Britain's most shapely export, Sabrina — home this week after a four-year world tour — stars in tomorrow night's Palladium Show (ITV 8.25) with comedian Arthur Askey, who made her famous as a dumb blonde in his TV series.

Sabrina, the 26-year-old blonde with the 42-inch bust, says: "I went away a gimmick, and I've returned as a song, dance and comedy act."

Arthur should have starred at the Palladium a fortnight ago. but he delayed his appearance so that Sabrina could be in the show with him.

Another article (Winnipeg Free Press, 11 April, p.29) reported that she arrived in a £10,000 mink coat and said "I've been homesick... I went away to prove I have talent... I think I achieved this."

Sabrina returns to England from USA 1963

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Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

24 March 1963 - Stars in ‘Sunday night at the Palladium’ with Arthur Askey, Topo Gigio, The London Palladium Girls and Boys, Jack Parnell and his Orchestra on national TV.

Sabrina at the Palladium 1963

Sabrina at the Palladium 1963. Sadly, the recording is now lost.


25 March 1963

Sabrina 1963 at London Palladium

Sabrina pictured at the London Palladium where she appeared with Arthur Askey, who discovered her, in the popular television programme "Sunday Night at the London Palladium". Sabrina recently returned from America. 25 March 1963

Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

28 March 1963 - San Antonio Express . (Ref 79939489)

Sabrina, of the large statistics, is back in her native England after five years of roaming the world, mostly Hollywood. She told them in London that she was a big hit in South America, although they did not understand a word of what she was saying. With Sabrina's measurements, who needs words?

Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

30 March 1963 - Daily Express

SABRINA said: Now I don't mind going to see Gregory Peck's pictures but I'm not crazy about losing money on his old horse.
I'll back it if it starts favourite. Once I picked eight winners out of 10 in New York. And a girl like me just doesn't toss cash around on any old nag.

From an article about Gregory Peck's horse 'Owens Sedge' running in the 1963 Grand National.

Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

1 April 1963 - The Brazil Daily Times , Indiana. p.6

Sabrina was in town two days before taking off for England and her engagement at the London Palladium. Understand that actor Manning Ross didn't accompany her. He helped manage her on her Caribbean tour...


5 April 1963

Sabrina and Chimp at Billy Smart circus 1963

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Sabrina's New Partner?

The British sex-bomb Sabrina has discovered a new sphere. It appears now - for three nights only - in the Billy Smart circus. Our picture shows her with a " colleague", also an attractions of the circus. 5 April 1963 .

From the Sabrina Memories page : When she came to Derby in April 1963 on an "exclusive engagement", she was billed as "an added attraction" to the animals and clowns who were performing for the crowds at Billy Smart's Circus , which was visiting The Meadows, Nottingham Road, Derby. Her appearance was said to be "direct from her sensational London Palladium show and tour of the United States".

Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

13 April 1963 - Daily Express TV guide

Sabrina appears on Jukebox Jury on BBC TV with Arthur Askey , Steve Race and June Thorburn .

One commentator said: "From what I recall, Sabrina didn't say a word."

Understandable. That was her gimmick.

Sabrina (Norma Ann Sykes) in magazines

May 1963 - Sabrina's Secret Diet On the QT , May 1963 - see it side-by-side with the Australian article in Pix that appeared in 1962! (A Sir H contribution)

Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

15 May 1963 - Daily Mirror

SABRINA found one of her gowns in tatters when she returned to her dressing room at a club near York. The culprit: Two-year-old "Nick" Doughty, son of the club owner. He cut the dress with scissors.

Said a philosophical Sabrina: "How could I be annoyed?"


19 May 1963 - turns 27

10 June 1963

Sabrina and Aliki Vougiouklaki

Reception in London for Greek film star

A reception was held this afternoon at the Dorchester Hotel for the Greek film star Aliki Vougiouklaki who is in London for the premiere of her film ALIKI. Keystone photo shows: Aliki meets SABRINA at the reception this afternoon. Stamped: Received 10 June 1963


21 June 1963 - Leaving Lap for Madrid (whatever "Lap" is!)

Sabrina leaving for Madrid

Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

6 July 1963 - Daily Mirror

A new American film, " Satan In High Heels ," in which Sabrina has a part has been banned from Britain by the British Board of Film Censors on the ground that it is "Immoral and vicious."

Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

8 August 1963 - The Stage , p.3

Arranged by Joe Collins, a J.N.F. charity concert it lined for Brighton Hippodrome on Sunday next, August 11. Among the stars billed to appear are David Frost, Eddie Calvert, Margo Henderson, Davey Kay, Sabrina , Helen Shapiro, Julius Nehring, Dorothy Squires, Peter Maxwell; The South-landers, The Trebletones, Georgie Holmes, and Count Downe and the Zeros.

Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

26 September 1963 - The Stage , London, p.5

James Towler reports a visit to Bradford's Lyceum Cabaret Club...

The Hammonds are presenting some of the bigger names in the business and the crowds that turned out for SABRINA were an indication that their policy is paying off.

Sabrina debut 1963

Caption: Début for Sabrina

Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

26 September 1963 - The Stage , London, p.7

The winter season at Chesterfield's New Carlton Club commences with the outstanding attraction of Sabrina next week.


27 September 1963

Sabrina appears at the Carlton Cabaret Club in Chesterfield.
While she was in Chesterfield she did a publicity visit to the then famous Brocklehust Motors in the town advertising the new Vauxhall Viva.

Sabrina (Norma Ann Sykes) in magazines

September 1963: The Day Sabrina Blew Her Top - Confidential

4 September 1963 - It's Too Hot for England! - Everybody's - the British censors ban Satan in High Heels !

October - November 1963: Tours South Africa
Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

17 October 1963 - Daily Mirror

A petition to make stage and TV star Sabrina bankrupt was put forward yesterday by a London firm of solicitors.

Sabrina is cited in her real name of Norma Sykes for "non-compliance before September 18 with a bankruptcy notice."

Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

12 November 1963


MRS. ANN SYKES, mother of blonde actress Sabrina, said yesterday: "My daughter is fully solvent"

She had just heard of a bankruptcy petition filed against Sabrina.

Read more on the Sabrina In Court page.

Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

12 November 1963 - Daily Mirror


A petition to make TV star Sabrina - real name Miss Norma Sykes - bankrupt has been withdrawn by M. A. Jacobs and Sons, solicitors, of Pall Mall, London. The firm said yesterday that their account had now been paid.


Come on, you Seth Efrican Sabrina Fans! Does anyone remember Sabrina's tour?
Please let me know!

Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes
This rhino remembers Sabrina! Do you ?

Her 4 year absence in Britain appears to have diminished her following but she’s still scoring plenty of publicity and work (such as "This Is Your Life")

Sabrina's world tour (apparently) included these ports of call.
The locations with dates indicate there that is evidence that she was definitely in that country.
(I have found no evidence that she visited the other places)

  • Caracas, Venezuela (South America) (29 Nov 1962)
  • Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
  • Dominican Republic
  • Cuba
  • Jamaica
  • Puerto Rico
  • Spain
  • South Africa / Rhodesia (Oct-Nov 1963)
  • Kenya
  • Egypt
  • Lebanon
  • Cyprus (1964)
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