Natural & Character


Dame Sybil Thorndike Dame Sybil Thorndike

No. 49

Sybil Thorndike as Joan of Arc in "Saint Joan"

Possibly because the strength of her features makes disguise difficult, Sybil Thorndike seldom attempts to make herself unrecognizable on the stage. Her command of make-up is, however, very considerable. It ranges from the serenity of youthful sainthood, shown in this picture, to the yammering of half-demented age, portrayed in double doors. Dame Sybil owes her facility to the fact that she gave herself, in her early days, an exceptionally wide and varied experience, playing almost every imaginable kind of part.