Born Alida du Toit and raised in Bethlehem in the Orange Free State. A classically beautiful woman, she seemed to have smitten most men who worked with her, including Paul de Groot, André Huguenet and Siegfried Mynhardt.
Married poet and playwright Uys Krige in 1937, and had a daughter, Eulalia (1937) and son Taillefer (1944). By 1944 the marriage was in trouble. Later married John Mantel. She died in 1997 in Andorra.
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
She started her professionl career with Die Rosekrans (Barclay/Bisson) and later Besigheid is Besigheid (1931). For André Huguenet she performed in Gevaarlike Huwelik, Genoveva, Die Swart Hand, Ampie and Ek het 'n man vermoor.
In 1940-41 she played in English for the first time – Viola in Gwen ffrangçon-Davies’s production of Twelfth Night. Follows this with Quality Street (1941), Mademoiselle (Deval, 1942) and Servant of God by Madeleine Masson (1943).
In 1945 she went to Cairo and Italy with the UDF Entertainment Unit to direct entertainment for the troops, including the plays Die Rooi Pruik, The Proposal, Mrs Warren's Profession and a number of concerts. Performed in Shaw's Mrs Warren's Profession, directed by Leontine Sagan in 1947 by the REPS. Starred in The Witch (1951), the Greek comedy Lysistrata directed by Leon Gluckman in 1952, Hassan (1952), Yerma (in English, 1955).
Also worked as a director with the Krugersdorp Municipal Dramatic and Operatic Society (KMDOS) during the war years.
(Huguenet, 195*; Du Toit, 1988;) [TH, JH]
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