Sybil Thorndike: A Star of Life HB
Sybil Thorndike was one of the most remarkable women of the 20th century. Loved and admired as a great actress, she was also a feminist, a socialist and a pacifist, who fought throughout her long life for a better and more peaceful world.
As a young actress she spent three years barnstorming round America, playing over a hundred Shakespearean parts. Throughout the First World War she led the Old Vic company under its formidable manager Lilian Baylis, while bringing up four young children. She introduced Greek tragedy to the West End, and became a household name with Saint Joan, a part Bernard Shaw wrote especially for her.
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