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Sheila Florence Douglas-Pennant was born on 11 January 1918 and died in 1982 in Westminster. She is the daughter of Admiral Hon. Sir Cyril Eustace Douglas-Pennant and Phyllis Constance Leigh.

She married, firstly, Anthony Brine, son of William Brine, on 23 May 1946.  They had two daughters. They were divorced in 1950. She married, secondly, Ronald Arthur Cobb, son of Reverend Arthur Charles Cobb, on 8 March 1951.

At some point, she was living at 197 Park West, Marble Arch, London, England.

Sheila was an actress, playing in various revues and became the first compere of a BBC television show.


The stage name used by Sheila was Sheila Douglas-Pennant. Sheila was a Chorus Girl, Actress, Dancer and Radio Announcer.

· In January, 1934 just before her 16th Birthday, Sheila Douglas-Pennant was photographed by Getty Images as one of ‘Cochran’s Young Ladies’. Sir Charles Cochran, generally known as C B Cochran was an English Theatrical Manager – producing some of the most successful revues, musicals and plays in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Cochran established the London Pavilion in Piccadilly Circus as the home of ‘The Revue’. A great feature of the Revue was ‘Cochran’s Young Ladies’.

· Sheila Douglas was in various roles eg a Film Fan, a Masquerader and a Dancer; in Herbert Farjeon’s ‘Little Review’ – Music by Walter Leigh, which opened at the Little Theatre, London on 2nd April, 1937. This theatrical review ran for 415 performances.

· From the Radio Times – 1938 –

A long list, but Sheila Douglas-Pennant was included. On 12th January, 1938 ‘Cabaret’ – songs at the piano was on Television and Sheila was the Compere. The presentation was by Harry Pringle

· ‘Follow the Girls’ – 882 performances at the Century Theatre, New York commencing on 8th April. 1944 and 572 performances at His Majesty’s Theatre, London, commencing on 25 October, 1945. Sheila Douglas-Pennant played the role of Phyllis Brent.

· Bristol Hippodrome 1940-1949 – Sheila Douglas-Pennant was included. Once again a long listing. In March, 1945 Sheila was in the ‘Love Racket’ with Arthur Askey and others –

· ‘Unlike Pacific 1860’ – there a six week provincial tour before the London opening on 5 May, 1948. The show ran in London for 10 months with 363 appearances. Sheila Douglas-Pennant was in the supporting cast.

· ‘Bob’s Your Uncle’ – Mantovani and his Orchestra – Saville Theatre, London. This was a musical where Sheila Douglas-Pennant had a starring role as Sheila Popejoy – 1949.




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