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Thorndike, Sybil

 

Born Oct. 24, 1882, in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire; died June 9,1976, in London. British actress.

Thorndike studied music in the Guildhall School and received her theatrical training at Ben Greet’s Academy. She first performed on the stage in 1904. In 1908 she performed with the companies of Miss A. E. Horniman and C. Frohman. In 1914 she performed for the first time at the Old Vic Theatre, where she often acted in succeeding years. From 1939 to 1944 she appeared with the Old Vic company in working-class towns and villages. She also toured in the USA, South Africa, France, Egypt, Germany, India, Australia, and New Zealand. Thorndike frequently appeared with her husband, the actor and director L. Casson.

Thorndike’s mastery of characterization allowed her to portray romantic heroines and everyday women with equal skill. Her roles included Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Hecuba in Euripides’ The Trojan Women, Jocasta in Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, Joan of Arc in G. B. Shaw’s Saint Joan, the title role in Euripides’ Medea, and Beatrice in Shelley’s The Cenci. In 1969 the Sybil Thorndike Theatre was opened in Leatherhead, Surrey.

REFERENCES

Druzina, M. Sibil Torndaik. Leningrad, 1972.
Trewin, J. C. Sybil Thorndike. London, 1955.
Sprigge, E. Sybil Thorndike Casson. London, 1971.

F. M. KRYMKO

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50 Years Ago Dame Sybil Thorndike, Sir Lawrence Olivier, Mr Felix Aylmer and Miss Margaret Leighton are among the celebrated actors and actresses who have accepted the invitation of the Lord Mayor of Birmingham Alderman WT Bowen, to the civic luncheon he will give at the Council House today to mark the 40th birthday of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
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One of those in the audience that night, actress Dame Sybil Thorndike said: "It is one of the most wonderful things, if not the most wonderful, I have ever seen in my life.
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During his long and esteemed show business career, he has made many friends and they included Bette Davis, Ray Milland, Richard Burton, Bob Hope - whom he helped to induct into the Grand Order of Water Rats - and Dame Sybil Thorndike, all now gone to that great stage in the sky.
NEW ERA: Clare Young is co-ordinating the revival of the Blaenau Festiniog Market Hall, left, where performers and lecturers over the years range from, left to right, David Lloyd-George, David Nash, Falcon Hildred, Anweledig and Dame Sybil Thorndike Main picture: GERALLT LLEWELYN
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