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Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes Appears in movie The House of the Black Death

4 January 1965

Sabrina's scrapbook has a cutting relating to the "Sabrina Purse" horse race from The Times Picayune, New Orleans, LA., so it's likely she attended the event.

14 January 1956 - The Troy Tribune , Illinois, page 5


One of Great Britain's most gloriously endowed personalities, the lovely Sabrina, is co-starred with Richard Vath in "Pajama Tops" coming to the American Theatre, St Louis, for 15 nights beginning Friday evening, January 15th.

Sabrina has won international fame through a score of radio, television, supper club and personal appearances. Having appeared in the original Colgate Comedy Hour, she also appeared with great success on the Jerry Lester and the Jackie Gleason Shows.
In "Pajama Tops" Sabrina plays the mistress of a French businessman who is invited to the gentleman's villa in Deauville by his trusting wife who has been told that he has a business associate in Bayeux.

The wife is surprised to find that the business associate is the attractive Sabrina. She complicates matters further when she hires Sabrina's real husband as a butler. Meanwhile, a fun-loving male friend of the husband turns up and the complications become many and comic.

"Pajama Tops" is an adaptation by Mawby Green and Ed Feilbert of the French farce "Moumou" by Jean de Letraz, and is directed by Richard Vath.

Sharing the laughs in the comedy with Sabrina and Richard Vath are William Browder, Don McArt, Maralyn Turner, Sandra Gayle and Robert Osborne.

"Pajama Tops" will be presented at the American Theatre for 15 nights only — Friday, January 15, through Saturday, January 30. Monday through Thursday performances are at 8:30; Sunday, January 17th; at 8:30; and two performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:15 and 9:45. There are no matinees.

Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

15 January 1965 - 30 January 1965 - Pajama Tops (temporarily replacing June Wilkinson, Sabrina's natural busty-blonde enemy. Read about their rivalry .)

Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

Sabrina appears in "Pajama Tops" at the American Theatre in St Louis, Missouri. The cast included
Richard Vath
William Browder
Maralyn Turner
Don McArt
Sandra Gayle and
Robert Osborne

Information from an eBay ad for Pajama Tops tickets

Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

Pajama Top s
"The most hilarious adult comedy in years" - Mirror
American Theatre 9th & St. Charles - St. Louis
Good all performances
On stage in person - Sabrina

Mon. thru Thurs. Nights at 8:30
2 shows Fri & Sat. nights 7:15 & 9:45 p.m.
One Sunday performance Jan. 17, 8:30 p.m.

Buy now while seats last
Friday Jan. 15 thru Saturday Jan. 30 [1965]

No exchanges or refunds
Special discount ticket save 1/2
Regular price $5.90 you pay $2.95 / 4.90 - 2.45 / 3.90 - 1.95 / 2.90 - 1.45
Exchange this ticket for (1) or (2) res. Seats

We don't know what happened between 30 Jan 1965 until she opens again in Pajama Tops nearly a year later.

Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

30 January 1965 - Winnipeg Free Press

June's Double
They searched five continents, then returned to England for a home-grown beauty to replace June Wilkinson (43-20-36) in the American stage musical Pajama Tops. Equally-famous, If slightly smaller (42-18-35) is her replacement — Sabrina. Here, said June Wilkinson: "Those odd inches between us made a difference. When Sabrina tried on my costumes, they didn't fit."

Oooh! I could just scratch her eyes out. Sabrina disputes their relative bustworthy dimensions. See the Battle of the Blondes .


17 February 1965

Sabrina in 1965

Guess who? It's Sabrina.

It's been a long time since anyone heard of her. She was snapped at London Airport on her way to the U.S. for a three-months' tour with a play.

Sabby showed she has lost none of her flamboyance - that's a leopard-skin coat she was "spotted" wearing.

From Everybody's , 17 Feb 1965

Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes Read all about Sabrina onstage : Pajama Tops, Loving Couch, and Rattle of a Simple Man - Sabrina's life in plays in America, 1965-1966. Straight from Sabrina's own scrapbook!
Sabrina (Norma Ann Sykes) in magazines Spring: Spick and Span magazine , Extra #14 - the last magazine appearance until 1971.

2 March 1965 - Daily Mirror

Mr Grade Hits the Jackpot

A PROFITS spectacular for the Grade Organisation, agents for some of Show Biz's top earners.
Leslie Grade — Mr. Ten Per Cent to Cliff Richard, Frank Ifield. Kathy Kirby and a galaxy of other stars — reveals profits topping £400,000 against £300,000 he forecast only seven months ago.
It's good news for the shareholders, who include Sir Laurence Olivier, Arthur Askev, Dame Edith Evans, Sabrina , John Mills, and Norman Vaughan.

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17 March 1965 - The Canberra Times (page 8)

Sabrina 'snatch'

PERTH. Tuesday. — A N.S.W. lifesaver "souvenired" a £75 portrait of actress Sabrina from the wall of a hotel bar in Perth.
Today, the lifesaver, 33 year-old Andrew John Dawson, told the Perth Magistrate, "I was taking it back to Sydney.
"I didn't know it was worth that much or I would not have touched it."
The magistrate dismissed the charge against Dawson, of Hopetown Street, Bulli, because of his previous good character.
Two Victorian lifesavers who lay on the road in Perth, stopped cars and shouted at drivers were both fined £3 for disorderly conduct.

Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes

18 April 1965 - Independent Press-Telegram , Long Beach, CA

Spurgeon Man of Year Choice

William H. Spurgeon III, who founded the Explorer Scout program in 1959 and so extended the Boy Scout program to older boys, is the Orange County Press Club's Man of the Year.

He was honored at the Press Club's traditional Head-liners Awards banquet at the Santa Ana Elks Clubhouse, where the men who write the news honured those who made it. More than 300 members and guests cheered lustily as Spurgeon got his plaque from Jimmy (Schnozzle) Durante, who then entertained.

They whistled when actresses Sabrina , a stunning blonde, and brunet Juli Redding showed their talents in a share-the-stage act with nightclub singer June Rudell. Songwriter Johnny Mercer also was a playing guest on the program arranged by Jim Dean of Santa Ana.


1 May 1965

Sabrina mannequin 1965

1st May 1965: A wax head of Frankenstein and torso of film starlet, Sabrina at Gem's (Wax Models) Ltd, in the Portobello Road area of west London. The company makes store mannequins and models of all kinds for exhibition all over the world.


19 May 1965 - turns 29


15 June 1965 - Robert Alexander (Steve) Cochran, aged 48, dies from an acute lung infection after 10 days' illness on his 40-foot yacht, 'Rogue', off the coast of Guatemala . His body, along with three alive but upset Mexican female assistants (aged 23, 19 and 14), remained onboard for ten days since the three women didn't know how to operate the boat. According to a 1965 newspaper article, Cochran was preparing for a movie called "Captain O'Flynn" about an eccentric captain of a schooner sailed by a crew of beautiful women on a voyage from Puerto Rico to Acapulco.

The article concluded by saying,

" Because of his public image - always playing the villain - Steve attracted kind of nutty girls. Some of them would completely throw themselves over to him... He didn't really attract the most bright or sophisticated girls ."


16 December 1965 - Leaves for America

Sabrina in 1965 sabrina-leaving-London-for-Washington 16Dec 1965
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Sadly, the last one is full sized


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25 December 1965 - 11 January 1966 - Opens in Pajama Tops in Baltimore, Maryland

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