Welcome to the Encyclopedia SABRINA

What time is it, kiddies?

Sabrina in a scaly dress

It's SABRINA time!

Norma Ann Sykes D.Litt (Hon) is the voluptuous British lass who became Sabrina and accomplished above the hips what Elvis accomplished below.

She is the Cheshire cheese-cake pinup, actress, singer, cabaret star, publicity pioneer, and sex-queen who didn't like to be touched.

She was a 'dumb blonde' who was a genius at self-promotion, an ill-educated teenager because of lengthy hospital stays, and an honorary Doctor of Letters with an impossibly-proportioned figure.

A victim of polio, mocked for her lack of talent and excess of bosom, she became an international phenomenon who dated princes, charmed dictators, the public and cynical reporters, and generated more myths, lies, legends and throbbing memories than anyone else of her era.

She's Our Sabrina.

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Newest Stuff


8 March 2015 - Sabrina could be a bit cheeky

Sabrina being cheeky

3 March 2015 - 1959 veterinary students disrespect our Sabrina!

Sabrina Vet students

Read more.

27 Feb 2015 - Found a 2015 reference to our Sabrina (and this site) on the New York Times!

26 Feb 2015 - Sabrina knew how to arrange a bedroom!

Sabrina bedroom

24 Feb 2015 - Frankie Howerd and Sabrina in a TV show about astronomy? Believe it or not, it was pitched to the BBC. Read the excerpt from the book.

24 Feb 2015 - created the Mysteries page, for which help is requested.

24 Feb 2015 - augmented the New Zealand photo page with just-discovered pix from NZ.

23 Feb 2015 - I am processing recent contributions from Alan Moore and other Sabrinafans. Like these rare colour shots...

Sabrina in colourSabrina

See all the news since the site began.


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Sabrina - Norma Ann Sykes - was the impossibly-proportioned darling of Britain, the cast of the Goon Show, and most discerning testosterone-enabled beings during the 1950s and 1960s.

Falling more or less accidentally into an industry for which she was - at first - unqualified, she endured, trained, paid her dues, and thrived to become the biggest, least talented, most photographed celebrity of her day.

Was she, as she herself once said, just a dumb blonde with a 42½ inch bust and a 17 inch waist? Or was she an unacknowledged promotional genius with a native sense of publicity that would make most agents weep with envy?

Please enjoy the phenomenon that was our Sabrina who - contrary to rumour - is alive, gorgeous, and fairly well in Hollywood, and in contact with the Sabrina Site!

Can YOU support the Sabrina Site?
For example, do you possess any of this elusive Sabrinastuff?


You're new here?

You're new here?
You're frightened, confused, overwhelmed by the sheer hugeness of Sabrinastuff?
Here's a good place to start your Sabrina experience.

The Life Story of Sabrina
Could there be a miniseries in this?

Photos- 2,244 of them (as of 2015). Let's face it: Sabrina was not camera-shy.

Magazines and newspaper articles - 174 to peruse. Let's face another fact: Sabrina was not averse to publicity, and there was a fascinating farrago of Fleet Street facts and fantasy. 
Read all of it; believe half of it. Cry out "Bloody Nora!" over the other half.
Sabrina soapbox

Social Commentary on Sabrina

Sabrina University - academic interest in Sabrina

Sabrina in court

Sabrina in Court - Sabrina has spent quite some time in court - find out why.

Sabrina's movies. All ten of them. She was always perfectly cast.
Sabrina's Live Cabaret Shows

Sabrina's songs. Not a large discography, but a memorable one. Sabrina sings the sexy blues on vinyl in 1957.

Sabrina's plays on stage. Legitimate theatre, darrrrrrling!

Sabrina in recent books & newspapers (see the vintage newspaper articles here)
London! Melbourne! Stockport!

Includes: Barry Crocker, Arthur Askey

The Sabrina interviews - by phone, by me.
Also see In Touch with Sabrina - my contacts with Sabrina.

Sabrina references on radio (featuring steam-powered Goon Show references to Sabrina - where this site began!)

Sabrina was an object of fascination and unbridled lust to the Goons - especially author Spike Milligan. Uncover the cryptic references to Sabrina that have puzzled some younger listeners, and forced older listeners to call the nurse and draw the brown paper screens.

Sabrina in the Newsreels - from the days before TV news, the stars appeared before the feature film in the cinema. And Sabrina was often there.

Sabrina's Short Films. When gentlemen's clubs needed to see Sabrina washing her hair, or going to bed!

Sabrina on TV - Before Your Very Eyes, and in America.
Sabrina sells Tuborg lager

Sabrina's advertising was a powerful attractant to men who had trousers bulging... with fat wallets.
Of particular importance is Sabrina's infamous Caltex ad - still popping fly buttons 50 years later.

Readers' Memories of Sabrina. The knees may be older, and arthritic, but many still tremble with memories of Sabrina. Some of these memories are publishable.
Odd things about Sabina: some are very odd indeed
Did you date Sabrina? (Yeah, yeah. Sure you did.).
Anyway, these big names really dated Sabrina.
The Elite BOOBS Society - Best Of Our Beautiful Sabrina - for discerning gentlefolk only.
Since 2013, a closed society.

The Sabrina Hall of Fame
Join this pantheon of honoured contributors - earn a prestigious Sabrina Honour.

How to spot the real Sabrina - search tips

Sabrina Collectibles
Genuine? Maybe, maybe not...

What's New?
Site History - everything that has been done to this site, since like forever.



Please note: the B.O.O.B.S. program has been suspended for new subscribers from 8 August 2013.

Join the Best Of Our Beautiful Sabrina (B.O.O.B.S.) program to support the site. You get access to high-resolution, unwatermarked scans of unique Sabrinastuff for contributing a little money to help the Sabrina Fighting Fund. With photos fetching up to $158 each, the struggle is getting bigger every day.

I will continue to offer normal sized, screen-resolution watermarked scans on this site in keeping with the Sabrinasite policy of always remaining free to Sabrina Lovers. Donate a little, and get the Best Of Our Beautiful Sabrina.

If you help Support Sabrina, I guess you'd be a BRA - Brave Reliable Assistant. Hmm: am I taking this acronym thing a bit too far?



Stage name: Sabrina (origins)
Real name: Norma Ann Sykes
Born: 19 May 1936 in Stockport, Cheshire, England.
She was not born in Blackpool or Wales in 1933 or 1938.
Measurements: 42½-18-36 (the trademark "½" was vital).

"The Hunchfront of Lime Grove"
"The British Bosom"
"The Careless Cleavage"
"Britain's Jayne Mansfield"
"Britain's finest hourglass"
"England's Maid of the Mountains"
"Queen of the Big Top"
"The Juliet with the Built-in Balcony"
"The average Englishman's Goddess of Glamour."
"Poor photographer's model"
"British TV's first sex symbol"
"The Shape"
"La Busto" - Cuban Press
"Blondely bulbous non-actress" - Encyclopedia of British Film.

In the words of Raymond Chandler, Sabrina had curves “to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window”.

Career span: Working years: 1954-1969.
Golden years: 1955-1959

Pinup star, TV celebrity, stage actress, singer, film and TV actor, cabaret and concert performer, self-publicity. Driving [MP3]. Cooking [MP3].

Current status: Alive, gorgeous, fairly well (with leg and back problems), and living in North Hollywood.



If you have found Sabrina stuff, I would be delighted if you contacted me. Yes, even after the site's retirement I am open to exciting new finds. There are precious few undiscovered pictures still to be on the internet but I'm sure there are still a few knees trembling out there, especially in the UK, and those knee-owners may have a buried Sabrina treasure or two in the sock drawer. This is an international philanthropic enterprise, for the benefit of red-blooded males everywhere!

Young men: go to your aged fathers and grandfathers and say, "Do you remember Sabrina?" If their eyes glaze over and they start drooling, let me know. Personal recollections of Sabrina are valuable.

You knee-tremblers of the Sabrina generation: wait 'til the missus is out and rummage through your secret stash of goodies you don't think she knows about. There may just be a magazine, photo or love letter related to Sabrina. Perhaps you have one of these elusive goodies stashed away under your pyjamas?  If you find something, steady your trembling fingers and let me know.

(Puts "Land of Hope and Glory" on gramophone)

Go to it, lads! We cannot let the memory of Sabrina sink into the abyss of forgotten legends. We owe it to our sons and grandsons!

(Wipes tear from eye.)

And the final appeal is from Sabrina herself (from Mountains of the Moon)

Thank you - thank you all!

Can you support the Sabrina Stuff Site?

Queen Sabrina
All hail Queen Sabrina!
(Click her to see her full size)

Where do Sabrina Fans come from?


No Greenland visitors yet - dammit! Come on Greenland. You're letting everyone down.



Thank you for visiting, and I hope some happy memories and loins have been stirred.

Many people have gone "Corrrr - blimey - I remember those!"
since the first Sabrina page was created at
nylon.net on 16 June 2000.
It moved to
sabrinastuff.com on 1 Sept 2003.
Moved back to semi-retire at
nylon.net/sabrina on 12 April 2005
Back to full steam in 2008. It's strange how things go.

8 August 2013 - the site gracefully retires. With no new Sabrinastuff and with no recent support from Sabrina there is little choice. All I have to do now is to post some recent finds.

18 October 2013 - There is no more. The mission is done. Goodnight, all.

Visit the original site from way back when courtesy of archive.org.

Last modified: Thursday, March 19, 2015 10:44 PM

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