Jean Dell

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Jean Dell. (19*-) is a South African singer, stage actress and radio personality.

Not to be confused with Jean Dell (1963-)[1] the French actor and director.


Born Jean Stodel in Durban as the daughter of Jim Stodel,

She used the stage name Jean Dell.


Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

Performed in Lock Up Your Daughters (as “Mrs Squeezum”), Holiday Spectacular (she was the female lead), Words and Music (with CAPAB), Remember the Forties (with CAPAB), Showboat (as “Julie” with CAPAB), Chicago (as “Mama Morton” with PACT), A Tribute to Lili Lamont (with PACT).

She starred in the JODS production of South Pacific which was staged at the Civic Theatre by Brickhill-Burke in 1969. There were designs by Keith Anderson and it also starred Inia te Wiata, June Hern and James White.

She starred in Taubie Kushlick’s production of Eric Blau and Mort Shuman’s Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris together with Ann Hamblin, Ferdie Uphof and Alain D. Woolf, with Irene Frangs and Robin Dolton as understudies and alternative cast members at the Chelsea Theatre in 1972. Lindsay Heard was the musical director.

She starred in Brickhill-Burke’s production of Jerome Lawrence’s Mame, an adaptation of Auntie Mame, at the Civic Theatre in November 1982. It also starred Joan Brickhill, Janice Honeyman and Mark Richardson,

Torch Song Trilogy (1984), The King and I (directed by Louis Burke, 1986).

Film work included Snip en Rissiepit (), Swift Justice (1987)

Also performed on the Southern Suns cabaret circuit.

Awards, etc

She won a Critics Award for her performance in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.


SACD 1975/76; 1977/78; 1978/79; 1981/82.

Torch Song Trilogy programme notes, 1984.

Tucker, 1997.

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