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Theatre icon and pioneering broadcaster “Leonie Forbes” dies – obituary

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She has also appeared in films such as Sons of Babylon, Paradise Club, and Milk and Honey. Leonie Forbes, a theatrical icon and Jamaican television and radio pioneer, has passed away. She has 85 years of age

Forbes was born on June 14, 1937, and raised as an only child in Kingston. She attended St. George’s Preparatory School, Merriwood Elementary School, Miko Practical School, Kingston High School, Excelsior College, and Durham College, according to the National Library of Jamaica.

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Sir Philip Sherlock’s typist was her first employer after leaving school, followed by the writer Barry Recode. As an announcer for the now-defunct Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation, Forbes became one of the first voices heard on the radio in 1955.

She attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art for six years, where she earned a Diploma in Radio, Television, and Drama. Forbes also penned the screenplay for the Caribbean service of the BBC.

Leonie Forbes
Theatre icon and pioneering broadcaster “Leonie Forbes” dies – obituary

Forbes has appeared in plays including “Sea Mama,” “Ropes and Crosses,” and “Old Story Time.” In addition, she has appeared in films such as Sons of Babylon, Paradise Club, and Milk and Honey.

Forbes also co-authored The Re-Entry into Sound with Alma Mock Yen, a popular work for training Caribbean broadcasters. Forbes has four children. Awards include the Government of Jamaica Medal of Honor (Officer Rank) (1980), the Musgrave Silver Medal, and the Centennial Medal.

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