Olive King

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KING, Olive (19**-). British-born South African actress and singer.





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

Olive starred in imported musicals such as Annie Get Your Gun, which was staged by ACT in 1949, and Brigadoon, also staged by ACT in 1950.

She has appeared in Brian Brooke’s production of The Reluctant Debutante (1956), the revue Sextet (1957), she played the part of Gwendolyn in Half in Earnest, staged in April 1959, The Glass Slipper, for Christmas 1959.

Other productions include For Love or Money (1960), The Most Happy Fella (JODS 1962), Show Boat (JODS, 1963-1964), The Minstrel Scandals (ACT , 1966), The Boy Friend (as “Mme Dubonnet”), La Traviata (as “Flora”), Give My Regards to Broadway (with NAPAC), The Merry Widow (with PACT), My Fair Lady (with PACT), Shut Your Eyes and Think of England (for Toerien-Firth Company 1978), The Student Prince (PACT 1985).

Olive also produced several puppet shows.

She had a role in the 1977 film Golden Rendezvous (with Richard Harris).

Awards, etc


SACD 1973; 1977/78; 1978/79; 1979/80.

Tucker, 1997.

Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

For more information

Letter dated 17 October 2005 to Jeemy Fogg of NELM [re: a summary of her theatre career, with a chronology of the shows she appeared in] held by NELM: [Collection: KING, Olive]: 2006. 1. 2. 9.

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