Dame Sybil Thorndike


Dame Sybil Thorndike


Sybil Thorndike was married to Sir Lewis Casson, himself a distinguished actor, and they frequently toured together, giving dramatic recitals. After his death she was asked about their long and happy marriage. “Did you ever think of divorce?” was one of the questions. “Divorce?” she said. “Never. But murder often!”


Its only people who are hysterical who can play hysterical parts.

~Dame Sybil Thorndike
Biographical Note: 

Dame Sybil Thorndike was a British actress. In her long and distinguished career she played many memorable Shakespearean roles and created the title role in Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan (1924). She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1931. Dame Sybil’s ashes are buried in Westminster Abbey.

More Information: 

Read the IMDB entry for Dame Sybil.
Then take a look at the Dame Sybil Thorndike scrapbook of press clippings, photos and programs for Sybil Thorndike’s early career...very interesting!