December 23, 2009 Leave a comment
Sabrina (centre, obviously!)
19 May 1936 (1936-05-19) (age 74)
Norma Ann Sykes (born 19 May 1936), known as Sabrina, was a 1950s English glamour model who progressed to a minor movie career. Her main claim to fame was her hourglass figure of prodigious breasts coupled with a tiny 17″ waist. Sabrina had a natural waist-hip ratio of 0.47, from the waist measurement of 17″ and her hips at 36″ when she first started modelling, although she deliberately filled out in later years when advised by several model agencies.Born in Stockport, Cheshire, she moved to London in 1952 as a sixteen-year-old, and did some nude modelling, the evidence of which she later tried to destroy. In 1955, she was chosen to play a dumb blonde sidekick in Arthur Askey‘s new ITV series, Before Your Very Eyes, and this soon made her a household name. The Goon Show scripts are littered with references to her bosom such as “by the measurements of Sabrina!” and “by the sweaters of Sabrina!” British aircrews of the 1950s Royal Air Force dubbed some versions of the Hawker Hunter fighter plane, “Sabrinas” due to two large humps on the underside of the aircraft.In the late 1950s the British truck manufacturer “ERF” produced a semi-forward control HGV with a short protruding bonnet- these vehicles were also nicknamed “sabrinas” because they had “a little more in front.”In one of her first movie roles, Blue Murder at St Trinian’s (1957) she had a non-speaking role in which she was only required to sit up in bed wearing a nightdress, reading a book, while the action took place around her — despite sharing equal billing with the star Alastair Sim on posters and appearing in many publicity stills in school uniform. She appeared in a few more films and made recordings as a singer. Her penultimate movie role was in the horror movie The Ice House (1969), as a replacement for Jayne Mansfield who had recently died in a car accident. Her last film was a year later in the western, The Phantom Gunslinger (1970) where she starred alongside the late Troy Donahue.In 1967 she married Dr Harold Melsheimer, a Hollywood plastic surgeon. They divorced ten years later. She currently lives in Hollywood.
- Sabrina Stuff The Complete Sabrina (Norma Sykes) Encyclopaedia
- Sabrina at the Internet Movie Database
- 1959 award of D.Litt. (Hon) by the University of Leeds