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Sybil Jason

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Sybil Jacon was a South African-born, American child film actress who, in the late 1930s, was presented as a rival to Shirley Temple. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, she began playing the piano at age two and, a year later, began making public appearances doing impersonations of Maurice Chevalier. She was introduced to the theatre-going public of London by way of her uncle, Harry Jacobson, a then-popular London orchestra leader and also pianist for Gracie Fields. The apex of her career came with a concert performance with Frances Day at London's Palace Theatre. Her theatre work led to appearances on radio and phonograph records as well as a supporting role in the film Barnacle Bill. Irving Asher, the head of Warner Bros.' London studio, saw Jason's performance in Barnacle Bill and arranged for her to make a screen test for the studio. The test was a success, resulting in Warner Bros. signing her to a contract. Her American film debut came as the lead in Little Big Shot, directed by Michael Curtiz and co-starring Glenda Farrell, Robert Armstrong, and Edward Everett Horton. Jason followed this with supporting roles opposite some of Warner Bros. most popular stars, including Kay Francis in I Found Stella Parish, Al Jolson in The Singing Kid, Pat O'Brien and Humphrey Bogart in The Great O'Malley, and again with Kay Francis in Comet Over Broadway. Warners also starred her in The Captain's Kid, and four Vitaphone two-reelers filmed in Technicolor: Changing of the Guard, A Day at Santa Anita, Little Pioneer, and The Littlest Diplomat. Jason never became the major rival to Shirley Temple that Warner Bros. had hoped, and her film career ended after playing two supporting roles at 20th-Century Fox. These films — The Little Princess and The Blue Bird — were supported Temple, who became her lifelong friend.

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Nov 23, 1927 In Cape Town, South Africa
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Barnacle Bill 1935-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie The Blue Bird 1940-01-15
Known For
Poster of The Great O'Malley
Poster of A Dream Comes True
Poster of I Found Stella Parish
Poster of Dance Band
Movie The Blue Bird Angela Berlingot 1940-01-15
Movie Woman Doctor Elsa Graeme 1939-02-06
Movie The Little Princess Becky 1939-03-17
Movie Comet Over Broadway Jackie 1938-12-03
Movie A Day at Santa Anita Peaches Blackburn 1937-05-27
Movie The Great O'Malley Barbara 'Babs' Phillips 1937-02-13
Movie Little Pioneer Betsy Manning 1937-06-25
Movie The Littlest Diplomat Sybil Hardwick 1937-09-06
Movie Changing of the Guard Sybil 1936-06-05
Movie The Singing Kid Sybil Haines 1936-04-10
Movie The Captain's Kid Abigail Prentiss 1936-11-14
Movie Barnacle Bill Jill as a Child 1935-01-01
Movie Dance Band Little Girl On Train 1935-07-01
Movie I Found Stella Parish Gloria Parish 1935-11-14
Movie A Dream Comes True Herself (uncredited) 1935-12-31
Movie Little Big Shot Gloria Gibbs 1935-09-07