Dame Sybil Thorndike

Standard Name: Thorndike, Dame Sybil


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death Christopher St John
Vita Sackville-West —although St John's death brought her the horrifying discovery of the love-journal recording their relationship—wrote to The Times celebrating her as a roaringly rumbustious character in the grand tradition of English eccentrics.
“The Times Digital Archive 1785-2007”. Thompson Gale: The Times Digital Archive.
(29 October 1960): 8
Education Irene Handl
IH later said she went to hundreds of schools, all of them for about half an hour. I was rebellious.
“The Times Digital Archive 1785-2007”. Thompson Gale: The Times Digital Archive.
(23 April 1973): 4
She attended Maida Vale Girls' High School sporadically until she was...
Friends, Associates Dora Russell
During this period, the Russells' friends and associates included Sybil Thorndike and Lewis Casson , Ottoline Morrell , T. S. Eliot , W. B. Yeats , G. B. and Charlotte Shaw , Desmond MacCarthy ...
Friends, Associates Edith Craig
Sybil Thorndike presided over the dinner, and Queen Mary sent her congratulations. EC was presented with a cheque and a scroll signed by two hundred friends. Playwright Cicely Hamilton was among the speakers who paid...
Friends, Associates Clemence Dane
Among CD 's many friends were Sybil Thorndike , Lewis Casson , Noël Coward , and Alfred Hitchcock . Coward valued her friendship and her perceptive criticism of his work very highly, and used her...
Friends, Associates Pamela Frankau
Her aunt Eliza Aria introduced the very young PF to many of her older, god-like friends: first of all actress Sybil Thorndike and writers Michael Arlen and Osbert Sitwell .
Frankau, Pamela. I Find Four People. I. Nicholson and Watson.
Later came John Van Druten
Friends, Associates E. Nesbit
The friends of EN 's last years, both old and new, included Marshall Steele , Edward Andrade , actresses Athene Seyler and Sybil Thorndike , and writers Noël Coward , G. B. Stern , Lord Dunsany
Intertextuality and Influence George Bernard Shaw
Saint Joan, a history play by GBS responding to Joan 's recent canonization, had its London opening at the New Theatre , starring Sybil Thorndike . The role was crucial for Thorndike, who was...
Occupation Edith Craig
In addition to a memorial service and speeches, these annual tributes usually included scenes from Shakespeare performed by well-known actors such as John Gielgud and Sybil Thorndike . Playwright Clemence Dane gave a memorial speech...
Performance of text Enid Bagnold
EB 's play Call Me Jacky, starring Sybil Thorndike , opened at the OxfordPlayhouse ; the audience, composed mainly of undergraduates, booed and hissed during the performance.
Sebba, Anne. Enid Bagnold: The Authorized Biography. Weidenfeld and Nicolson.
Performance of text Enid Bagnold
Since it was directed by David O. Selznick , who had recently produced Gone with the Wind (1939), the play drew a number of Hollywood stars and writers on the first night. It was not...
Performance of text Clemence Dane
One of CD 's last plays, Eighty in the Shade, written for Sybil Thorndike , opened at the Globe Theatre , London.
Weintraub, Stanley, editor. Dictionary of Literary Biography 10. Gale Research.
10: 133, 137
politics Phyllis Bottome
After the war, PB continued to be politically active, often writing letters to the editor of the Times on subjects like liberalism and human rights in South Africa. In the issue dated 14 December 1951...
Textual Production Anne Ridler
Henry Bly was written for Martin Browne 's Mercury Theatre , but only got as far as a read-through by the Poets Theatre Guild before Browne's tenure of the theatre lapsed. Another of these plays,...
Textual Production Elizabeth Baker
Sybil Thorndike played the role of Thomas Scott's daughter Annie. The play was published the same year by Sidgwick and Jackson .


1914: Actress Sybil Thorndike joined London's Old...

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Actress Sybil Thorndike joined London's Old Vic Theatre under the management of Lilian Baylis .

June 1925: The Independent Labour Party founded an Arts...

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June 1925

The Independent Labour Party founded an Arts Guild to promote socialist drama and performance.

Saturday 19 June 1926: About a hundred thousand participants of...

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Saturday 19 June 1926

About a hundred thousand participants of the Peacemakers' Pilgrimage (all wearing blue armbands showing the white dove of peace and the word Pax) converged on Hyde Park in London.

February 1936: The awesome trio of political theorist Harold...

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February 1936

The awesome trio
Laity, Paul. “The left’s ace of clubs”. Guardian Unlimited.
of political theorist Harold Laski , publisher Victor Gollancz , and writer and Labour MP John Strachey established the Left Book Club (LBC) .

21 September 1938: Emlyn Williams's play The Corn is Green,...

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21 September 1938

Emlyn Williams 's playThe Corn is Green, set in a Welsh mining town, was presented at the Duchess Theatre in London, starring Williams himself, with Sybil Thorndike as an elderly schoolmistress.

1940: Ernest Bevin and Basil Dean established the...

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Ernest Bevin and Basil Dean established the Entertainments National Service Association (generally known as ENSA) to boost the morale of factory workers, allied servicemen, and civilians in underground air-raid shelters.

October 1972: A gala performance was held at the Haymarket...

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October 1972

A gala performance was held at the Haymarket Theatre , featuring all the leading lights of the British stage, to celebrate Dame Sybil Thorndike 's ninetieth birthday.


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