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Sybil Thorndike (1882–1976)


This distinguished theatrical tragedienne will be remembered forever if only for the fact George Bernard Shaw wrote his classic "Saint Joan" work specifically for her. Her over six-decade career allowed for a gallery of sterling, masterful portrayals, both classic and contemporary, performing all over the world including Australia, New Zealand, ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Prince and the Showgirl
The Prince and the Showgirl The Queen Dowager
(1957)
Stage Fright
Stage Fright Mrs. Gill
(1950)
Gone to Earth
Gone to Earth Mrs. Marston
(1950)
Major Barbara
Major Barbara The General
(1941)

Filmography

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 1970 The Great Inimitable Mr. Dickens (TV Movie)
Elizabeth Ball Dickens
 1968 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
The Nurse
- The Father (1968) ... The Nurse
 1967 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
Marina
- Uncle Vanya (1967) ... Marina
 1966 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Florence Pringle
- Don't Utter a Note (1966) ... Florence Pringle
 1965 Armchair Mystery Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Isabel Manners
- Man and Mirror (1965) ... Mrs. Isabel Manners
 1964 The Reluctant Peer (TV Movie)
Molly, the Dowager Countess of Lister
 1963 Uncle Vanya
Marina, the nurse
 1961 The Big Gamble
Aunt Cathleen
 1961 Hand in Hand
Lady Caroline
 1960 Saturday Playhouse (TV Series)
Sara Champline
- A Matter of Age (1960) ... Sara Champline
 1960 Riders to the Sea (TV Short)
Maurya
 1959 Jet Storm
Emma Morgan
 1959 Alive and Kicking
Dora
 1959 Shake Hands with the Devil
Lady Fitzhugh
 1959 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Dame Sophia Carrell
- Eighty in the Shade (1959) ... Dame Sophia Carrell
 1958 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
- Before the Party (1958)
 1957 The Prince and the Showgirl
The Queen Dowager
 1954 Rheingold Theatre (TV Series)
Catherine / Miss Cicely
- Mr. Sampson (1954) ... Catherine (as Dame Sybil Thorndike)
- The Heirloom (1954) ... Miss Cicely (as Dame Sybil Thorndike)
 1954 Young and Willing
Mabel Wicks, Millie's friend
 1952 The Wild Heart
Mrs. Marston
 1951 The Magic Box
Sitter in Bath Studio
 1951 The Lady with a Lamp
Miss Bosanquet
 1950 Gone to Earth
Mrs. Marston
 1949 The Forbidden Street
Mrs. 'The Sow' Mounsey (as Dame Sybil Thorndike)
 1941 Major Barbara
The General
 1939 Sun Up (TV Movie)
Widow Cagle
 1936 Nine Days a Queen
Ellen
 1931 A Gentleman of Paris
Lola Duval
 1929 To What Red Hell
Mrs. Fairfield
 1927 Saint Joan (Short)
Joan of Arc
 1922 Tense Moments with Great Authors
Nancy (segment "Nancy")
 1922 Bleak House (Short)
Lady Dedlock
 1922 Esmeralda (Short)
Esmeralda
 1922 Jane Shore (Short)
Jane Shore
 1922/I Macbeth (Short)
Lady Macbeth
 1922 Nancy (Short)
Nancy
 1921 Moth and Rust
Mrs Brand
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Other Works:

She acted in John Van Druten's play, "The Distaff Side," at the Streatham Hill Theatre in Streatham Hill, London, England with Martita Hunt, Dorothy Holmes-Gore, Haidee Wright, Robert Horton, and Clifford Evans in the cast. Auriol Lee was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Portrayal | 2 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Dame Sybil Thorndike | Dame Sybil Thorndyke

Height:

5' 4¾" (1.65 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on her husband] Divorce, never! Murder, often! See more »

Trivia:

Sybil and husband Sir Lewis Casson were involved in the early days of British Equity, The Arts Council, The Old Vic, the National Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre and, of course, the Thorndike Theatre in Leatherhead, which has since closed. Both Dame Sybil and Sir Lewis died at the ages of 93. Lewis died in May of 1969, a few months before the opening of The Thorndike Theatre in September. See more »

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Scorpio

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