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(****-****). Actress. She was nominated Actress of the year: in 1963 for “Mrs. Solness” in ''[[The Master Builder]]''; in 1970 for “May Beringer” in ''[[The Old Ladies]]'' and in 1972 for “Bananas” in ''[[House of Blue Leaves]]''. Also performed in  
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[[Bess Finney]]. (19*-1995) Actress, director.
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== Biography ==
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She died on 31 October 1995 (''The Citizen'' 1 Nov 1995).
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== Training ==
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== Career ==
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Also worked in England and in Hong Kong.
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==Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance==
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Fleurette in ''[[The Coral King]]'' (1961). She starred in Jimmy Edwards’s London hit ''[[Big Bad Mouse]]'' together with Cardew Robinson, [[Toerien-Rubin Company]] brought it to South Africa circa 1969. She continued touring with the show abroad.
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She starred in the [[Langford-Inglis Company]] and [[Hymie Udwin]] production of ''[[The Old Ladies]]'' together with [[Zoë Randall]] and [[Margaret Inglis]] at the [[Alexander Theatre]] in 1971. Performed in  
 
''[[Manners and Morals]]'',  
 
''[[Manners and Morals]]'',  
 
''[[Aanslag op Kariba]]'',  
 
''[[Aanslag op Kariba]]'',  
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''[[Kennedy's Children]]'',  
 
''[[Kennedy's Children]]'',  
 
''[[Pippin]]'',  
 
''[[Pippin]]'',  
''[[Big Bad Mouse]]'',
 
 
''[[The Seagull]]'',  
 
''[[The Seagull]]'',  
 
''[[A Murder is Announced]]'',  
 
''[[A Murder is Announced]]'',  
''[[Sugar and Spice]]'',
 
 
''[[The Gin Game]]'' (in Johannesburg and Durban in 1979),  
 
''[[The Gin Game]]'' (in Johannesburg and Durban in 1979),  
 
''[[Joe Egg]]'' (at the [[Market Theatre]] in 1980),  
 
''[[Joe Egg]]'' (at the [[Market Theatre]] in 1980),  
''[[Harum Scarum Girl]]'' (in 1980),  
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''[[Ellen Terry the Harum-Scarum Girl|Harum Scarum Girl]]'' (in 1980),  
 
''[[Cold Stone Jug]]'' (at the [[Market Theatre]]),  
 
''[[Cold Stone Jug]]'' (at the [[Market Theatre]]),  
''[[Nellie and Cabman]]'' (??at the?? [[Alhambra Theatre]])
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''[[The Talking Horse]]'',
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''[[Pray Don't, Sir George!]]'', 1983,
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''[[Sugar and Spice]]'', 1987, and as Sara Herman in ''[[Above the Wind]]'' in the same year.
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She directed ''[[The Sleeping Beauty]]'' (for [[PACOFS]] in 1979) and ''[[Die Wildeman]]'' (in Pretoria and Johannesburg in 1980).  She directed ''[[Our Gracie]]'' at the [[Little Theatre]] in 1991.
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[[NELM]]: Programmes featuring Bess Finney: includes programmes for ''[[Black Comedy]]''; ''[[Blithe Spirit]]''; ''[[By the Samovar]]''; ''[[Canterbury Tales]]''; ''[[A Christmas Carol]]''; ''[[The Coral King]]''; ''[[A Dead Secret]]''; ''[[Dear Charles]]''; ''[[Death Takes a Holiday]]''; ''[[Encounters]]''; ''[[Full Hookup]]''; ''[[The Happiest Days of Your Life]]''; ''[[Her Infinite Variety]]''; ''[[The House of Blue Leaves]]''; ''[[An Inspector Calls]]''; ''[[The Keep]]'';  ''[[The Living Room]]''; ''[[Lovers]]''; ''[[Marat/Sade]]''; ''[[The Master Builder]]''; ''[[The Mating Game]]''; ''[[The Miracle Worker]]''; ''[[Nellie and the Cabman, or The Life and Loves of Ellen Terry]]''; ''[[Oh! Sir James!]]''; ''[[The Old Ladies]]''; ''[[The Physicists]]''; ''[[Pink String and Sealing Wax]]''; ''[[Ring Round the Moon]]''; ''[[Roméo et Jeanette|Romeo and Jeannette]]''; ''[[Senor Onyon]]''; ''[[Social Security]]''; ''[[Speaking of Murder]]''; ''[[Square Dance]]''; ''[[The Taming of the Shrew]]''; ''[[Three Men on a Horse]]''; ''[[To Dorothy, a Son]]''; ''[[Trespass]]''; ''[[The Unexpected Guest]]''; ''[[Die Wildeman]]''; ''[[Woman in a Dressing Gown]]'' and ''[[Women of Twilight]]'', ''[[Children of a Lesser God]]''; ''[[The Other Wise Man]]''.
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== Awards, etc ==
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She was nominated Actress of the year: in 1963 for “Mrs. Solness” in ''[[The Master Builder]]''; in 1970 for “May Beringer” in ''[[The Old Ladies]]'' and in 1972 for “Bananas” in ''[[The House of Blue Leaves]]''.
  
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== Sources ==
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[[SACD]] 1973; 1974; 1975/76; 1977/78; 1978/79; 1980/81; 1981/82.
  
Directed ''[[The Sleeping Beauty]]'' (for [[PACOFS]] in 1979) and ''[[Die Wildeman]]'' (in Pretoria and Johannesburg in 1980).  Also worked in England and in Hong Kong.  
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[[ESAT Bibliography Tra-Tz|Tucker]], 1997.
  
([[SACD]] 1973) ([[SACD]] 1974) ([[SACD]] 1975/76) ([[SACD]] 1977/78) ([[SACD]] 1978/79) ([[SACD]] 1980/81) ([[SACD]] 1981/82)
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''[[The Citizen]]'', 1 Nov 1995.
  
FINNEY, Bess. (19*-19*)  Actress. * She starred in Jimmy Edwards’s London hit ''Big Bad Mouse'' together with Cardew Robinson, [[Toerien-Rubin Company]] brought it to South Africa circa 1969. She continued touring with the show abroad. She starred in the [[Langford-Inglis Company]] and [[Hymie Udwin]] production of ''[[Old Ladies]]'' together with [[Zoë Randall]] and [[Margaret Inglis]] at the [[Alexander Theatre]] in 1971. She starred in [[Leonard Schach]] production of Robert Patrick’s ''[[Kennedy's Children]]'' together with [[John Higgins]], [[Erica Rogers]], [[John Rogers]] and [[Lynn Hooker]] for [[The Company]] at the [[Chelsea Theatre]] in 1975. She starred in the [[Des Lindberg|Des]] and [[Dawn Lindberg]] production of ''[[Pippin]]'' with music and lyrics by ''[[Stephen Schwartz]]'' and direction, choreography and design by [[Des Lindberg]]. It also starred [[Sammy Brown]], [[Jo-Ann Pezzarro]], [[Hal Watters]], [[Taliep Petersen]], [[Sophia Foster]], [[Robin Dolton]] and [[Andre Hattingh]] at [[His Majesty’s]] in 1975. She starred in [[Barney Simon]]’s production of Chekhov’s ''[[The Seagull]]'' at [[Upstairs at the Market]] in June 1976 with [[Vanessa Cooke]], [[Sandra Prinsloo]], [[Erica Rogers]], [[Marius Weyers]], [[Danny Keogh]], [[Lindsay Reardon]] and [[Bill Brewer]]. She starred in [[Terrence Shank]]’s production of ''[[Sugar and Spice]]'' as the opening production at the [[Little Theatre]], Rosebank in February 1987. She directed ''[[Our Gracie]]'' at the [[Little Theatre]] in 1991. She starred in ''[[The Harum-Scarum Girl]]'' at the [[Rosebank Theatre]] (pg 515) in 1992. (Tucker, 1997)
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Various entries in the [[NELM]] catalogue.
  
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Latest revision as of 09:13, 7 October 2019

Bess Finney. (19*-1995) Actress, director.

Biography

She died on 31 October 1995 (The Citizen 1 Nov 1995).

Training

Career

Also worked in England and in Hong Kong.

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

Fleurette in The Coral King (1961). She starred in Jimmy Edwards’s London hit Big Bad Mouse together with Cardew Robinson, Toerien-Rubin Company brought it to South Africa circa 1969. She continued touring with the show abroad. She starred in the Langford-Inglis Company and Hymie Udwin production of The Old Ladies together with Zoë Randall and Margaret Inglis at the Alexander Theatre in 1971. Performed in Manners and Morals, Aanslag op Kariba, Catch me a Dream, Murder in Mind, Kennedy's Children, Pippin, The Seagull, A Murder is Announced, The Gin Game (in Johannesburg and Durban in 1979), Joe Egg (at the Market Theatre in 1980), Harum Scarum Girl (in 1980), Cold Stone Jug (at the Market Theatre), The Talking Horse, Pray Don't, Sir George!, 1983, Sugar and Spice, 1987, and as Sara Herman in Above the Wind in the same year. She directed The Sleeping Beauty (for PACOFS in 1979) and Die Wildeman (in Pretoria and Johannesburg in 1980). She directed Our Gracie at the Little Theatre in 1991.

NELM: Programmes featuring Bess Finney: includes programmes for Black Comedy; Blithe Spirit; By the Samovar; Canterbury Tales; A Christmas Carol; The Coral King; A Dead Secret; Dear Charles; Death Takes a Holiday; Encounters; Full Hookup; The Happiest Days of Your Life; Her Infinite Variety; The House of Blue Leaves; An Inspector Calls; The Keep; The Living Room; Lovers; Marat/Sade; The Master Builder; The Mating Game; The Miracle Worker; Nellie and the Cabman, or The Life and Loves of Ellen Terry; Oh! Sir James!; The Old Ladies; The Physicists; Pink String and Sealing Wax; Ring Round the Moon; Romeo and Jeannette; Senor Onyon; Social Security; Speaking of Murder; Square Dance; The Taming of the Shrew; Three Men on a Horse; To Dorothy, a Son; Trespass; The Unexpected Guest; Die Wildeman; Woman in a Dressing Gown and Women of Twilight, Children of a Lesser God; The Other Wise Man.

Awards, etc

She was nominated Actress of the year: in 1963 for “Mrs. Solness” in The Master Builder; in 1970 for “May Beringer” in The Old Ladies and in 1972 for “Bananas” in The House of Blue Leaves.

Sources

SACD 1973; 1974; 1975/76; 1977/78; 1978/79; 1980/81; 1981/82.

Tucker, 1997.

The Citizen, 1 Nov 1995.

Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

Return to

Return to ESAT Personalities F

Return to South African Theatre Personalities

Return to The ESAT Entries

Return to Main Page