Cape Town, South Africa
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Sybil Jacobson was born on November 23, 1929, in Cape Town, South Africa. By age 2, she had learned to play the piano, and she also demonstrated a remarkable talent for singing, dancing, and mimicry. She moved to Great Britain as a small child, and by age 5, she was regularly appearing in London nightclubs, singing, dancing, playing the piano, or doing uncanny imitations of Maurice Chevalier. She also performed on radio with her uncle, Harry Jacobson, and his popular orchestra. During a show at the Palace Theater, a movie producer noticed Sybil and cast her in her first film, Barnacle Bill (1935). Jack L. Warner was so impressed with her performance that in 1935, he brought Sybil to Hollywood as his studio`s answer to Shirley Temple. Aware of Shirley`s popularity and golden curls, Warner did not allow Sybil to see Shirley`s films for fear that she might copy her. Despite her obvious talent, Sybil failed to achieve the success that Warner had anticipated, and in 1938, Warner Brothers studio did not renew her contract. However, during her time at Warner Brothers, Sybil made ten films and caught the eye of Shirley Temple`s producer, Darryl F. Zanuck. Zanuck cast Sybil opposite Shirley in two films, The Little Princess (1939) and The Blue Bird (1940). Sybil`s role in The Blue Bird was her most dramatic, and her older sister and guardian, Anita Jacobson, hoped that it would boost her career. However, many of Sybil`s scenes were cut from The Blue Bird, and it would be her final film.
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Place of Death
Northridge Los Angeles County California, USA
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Sybil Jason (born Sybil Jacobson; 23 November 1927 - 23 August 2011) was a South African-born American motion-picture child actress who, in the late 1930s, was presented as a rival to Shirley Temple.
Claim to Fame
The Singing Kid
Cause of Death
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease