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Sybil Thorndike (1882-1976), Actress; wife of Sir Lewis Casson

Dame Sybil Thorndike

Sitter in 45 portraits
Best known for playing the title-role in Saint Joan which Bernard Shaw wrote for her Thorndike was also acclaimed for performances in Greek tragedy and in Shakespeare. She spent her early years touring with Ben Greet's company in America, and playing seasons at the Gaiety theatre in Manchester and was the leading lady at the Old Vic during the Great War, when she played both male and female parts. In the second world war she toured classics such as Macbeth and Medea around the mining areas of Wales and the North-East. A suffragist, pacifist and socialist, she was married to the actor and director Lewis Casson, a celebrated theatrical partnership that lasted sixty years.

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P140(42)

Dame Sybil Thorndike

by Bertram Park
bromide print, 1924
NPG P140(42)

5976

Dame Sybil Thorndike

by Sir Jacob Epstein
bronze bust, 1925
NPG 5976

P140(41)

Dame Sybil Thorndike

by Bertram Park
bromide print, 9 February 1928
NPG P140(41)

x38350

'Past and Present Leads at Old Vic'

by Unknown photographer
bromide postcard print, 1910s
NPG x38350

Ax24973

Dame Sybil Thorndike

by Howard Instead
matte bromide print, circa 1920
NPG Ax24973

Ax24998

Dame Sybil Thorndike

by Howard Instead
matte bromide print, circa 1920
NPG Ax24998

x20439

Dame Sybil Thorndike

by Florence Vandamm
bromide print, 1920s
NPG x20439

x26871

Dame Sybil Thorndike in 'Granite'

by Paul Tanqueray
vintage bromide print, 1926
NPG x26871

x83491

Dame Sybil Thorndike

by Bassano Ltd
vintage print, 3 December 1927
NPG x83491

x85561

Dame Sybil Thorndike

by Bassano Ltd
vintage print, 3 December 1927
NPG x85561

x19086

Dame Sybil Thorndike

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 3 December 1927
NPG x19086

x19087

Dame Sybil Thorndike

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 3 December 1927
NPG x19087

x19088

Mary Casson; Dame Sybil Thorndike; Ann Casson

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 4 August 1928
NPG x19088

x160597

Dame Sybil Thorndike

by Dorothy Wilding
bromide postcard print, 1930s
NPG x160597

x14218

Dame Sybil Thorndike

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1933
NPG x14218

x40381

Dame Sybil Thorndike

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, 1933
NPG x40381

x19089

Dame Sybil Thorndike

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 21 April 1934
NPG x19089

x19090

Dame Sybil Thorndike

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 21 April 1934
NPG x19090

x19091

Dame Sybil Thorndike

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 21 April 1934
NPG x19091

x19092

Dame Sybil Thorndike

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 21 April 1934
NPG x19092