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Tributes to actress and child star

The Argus: Margaret Sharman on the set of The Diary of Anne Frank Margaret Sharman on the set of The Diary of Anne Frank

Treibutes have been paid to an actress who put behind family heartbreak to become a leading child stage star.

Margaret Sharman, who died aged 80 on April 7, was hailed as a child actress who also enjoyed a successful career as an adult.

She was best known for playing the role of the 13-year-old Jewish heroine in the Phoenix Theatre production of The Diary of Anne Frank under her glamorous stage name of Perlita Neilson.

It led to her being invited to star in Hollywood’s film version of the play.

For the last 20 years of her life she lived in a small garden flat in Brighton.

Born Margaret Phillipa Sowden on June 11, 1933 in Bradford, she spent 12 years of her childhood in Argentina, where her father worked as an engineer and where she first fell in love with the stage, performing as a four-year-old.

She and her mother returned to Britain in 1945 when the family fled from Nazis and Peronists.

Her father stayed behind and Margaret never saw him again.

Her cousin Peter Sowden said he was reported to have died in 1951 from diabetes, but years of family enquiries into his whereabouts had run into a  “brick wall”.

He said: “The fate of her father was something she tried to find answers to even later on in life.

“She was close to her father, so it’s strange they never heard from him.”

Ms Sharman made her first appearance on the West End stage at the London Coliseum aged 14 as Minnie in Annie Get Your Gun.

Five years into her career her acting attracted some serious attention including from renowned critic Kenneth Tynan who described her
performance in the British premiere of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible in 1954-55 as “perfect”.

Further West End triumphs followed in The Seagull and The Diary of Anne Frank which lasted well into the 1960s.

She also appeared in several leading television dramas including a 1960 version of Emma, and The Day of the Triffids in 1981.

Her funeral will be held on Thursday at 9.30am at St Nicholas Church in Dyke Road followed by a private cremation.

 

 

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12:12pm Sat 12 Apr 14

mark by the sea says...

What is treibute! Is it French for tribute?
What is treibute! Is it French for tribute? mark by the sea
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12:41pm Sat 12 Apr 14

J Hill says...

I think it's high time The Argus employs a proof reader to check the copy before it goes "live" with any story.
I think it's high time The Argus employs a proof reader to check the copy before it goes "live" with any story. J Hill
  • Score: 3

1:11pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Lady Smith says...

J Hill wrote:
I think it's high time The Argus employs a proof reader to check the copy before it goes "live" with any story.
No chance of that: Newsquest have just sacked the two website editors, plus two news sub-editors and four features sub-editors are about to go the same way. The whole paper is going to be subbed in Weymouth, because it's cheaper. Plus the features editor Kim Protheroe and senior reporter Peter Truman have both been made redundant. At this rate, there won't be anything to sub or proof.
Wonder if this comment will be edited?!
[quote][p][bold]J Hill[/bold] wrote: I think it's high time The Argus employs a proof reader to check the copy before it goes "live" with any story.[/p][/quote]No chance of that: Newsquest have just sacked the two website editors, plus two news sub-editors and four features sub-editors are about to go the same way. The whole paper is going to be subbed in Weymouth, because it's cheaper. Plus the features editor Kim Protheroe and senior reporter Peter Truman have both been made redundant. At this rate, there won't be anything to sub or proof. Wonder if this comment will be edited?! Lady Smith
  • Score: 11

3:12pm Sat 12 Apr 14

P.Dant says...

If you people actually bought the print version of the Argus,instead of freeloading on the web site and then complaining about typos,you would see a well-subbed version of these stories.Some people might still have their jobs too.
If you people actually bought the print version of the Argus,instead of freeloading on the web site and then complaining about typos,you would see a well-subbed version of these stories.Some people might still have their jobs too. P.Dant
  • Score: 3

5:02pm Sat 12 Apr 14

J Hill says...

P.Dant wrote:
If you people actually bought the print version of the Argus,instead of freeloading on the web site and then complaining about typos,you would see a well-subbed version of these stories.Some people might still have their jobs too.
You're assuming that I don't buy the Argus and for what it's worth by leaving a comment with this story you have unequivocally proved that I am not the only freeloader.
[quote][p][bold]P.Dant[/bold] wrote: If you people actually bought the print version of the Argus,instead of freeloading on the web site and then complaining about typos,you would see a well-subbed version of these stories.Some people might still have their jobs too.[/p][/quote]You're assuming that I don't buy the Argus and for what it's worth by leaving a comment with this story you have unequivocally proved that I am not the only freeloader. J Hill
  • Score: 5

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