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Movie great Sylvia Syms to visit Regal

PUBLISHED: 08:48 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 12:59 06 February 2013

Sylvia Syms in the 1960 film Conspiracy of Hearts.

Sylvia Syms in the 1960 film Conspiracy of Hearts.

Actress Sylvia Syms is lined up to make a personal appearance at the first of this year's classic film shows presented by the Wymondham Regal Experience Group.

Actress Sylvia Syms is lined up to make a personal appearance at the first of this year's classic film shows presented by the Wymondham Regal Experience Group.

The programme at the former Regal cinema - now part of the local ex-services club - starts at 2.30pm on Sunday, March 9, and the main feature will be Conspiracy of Hearts (1960), in which Ms Syms and Lilli Palmer play nuns who smuggle Jewish children out of a concentration camp in wartime Italy. It is based on a true story.

Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she first made her name on the silver screen in My Teenage Daughter (1956) with Anna Neagle.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, she cemented her movie career with appearances in a number of films including the much-acclaimed second world war drama, Ice Cold in Alex.

Ms Syms also appeared in movies with the likes of Orson Welles and William Holden, and with Dirk Bogarde in the ground-breaking Victim (1961), the first mainstream British film to treat the subject of homosexuality seriously.

In more recent times she played the headmistress in Shirley Valentine (1989), and Queen Mother to Helen Mirren's starring role in the 2006 blockbuster, The Queen. The following year she was made an OBE for services to drama.

Tickets for the film show are available from Maureen Dodman on 01953 605593, Michael Armstrong 01953 603246, or from March 1 at the Wymondham Heritage Museum.

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