Nov. 23, 1927 Cape Town Western Cape, South Africa
Aug. 23, 2011 Los Angeles Los Angeles County California, USA
My beloved mother passed away, peacefully, surrounded by her loving family at home. Her heart, body and soul were simply, tired. However, she finally got her wish to be reunited with my dad, Anthony, and together, they are dancing to Tommy Dorsey in heaven. Sybil was born in Cape Town, South Africa. By age two, she learned to play the piano, and she demonstrated a remarkable talent for singing, dancing and mimicry. While performing at the Palace Theater in London, England at age 4, she was discovered by Jack Warner, brought to Hollywood by her older sister, Anita and thus began an astounding career as Warner Brothers first child star. In addition to starring in her own movies, Sybil costarred with such icons as Al Jolson, Humphrey Bogart and Shirley Temple, to name a few. Her years spent on the studio lot were some of her happiest, but nothing would compare to the joy she found with my dad. These two young kids met, fell in love and married on New Year's Eve 1947. In 1959, they would welcome their cherished daughter, Toni. Sybil delighted in being a mom. Whether it be sewing amazing dance recital costumes or taking a leadership role on the PTA, motherhood would prove to be her biggest role yet. Her family expanded in 1980 when Toni married Phillip Wayne Rossi, and on January 18, 1988, her first and only grandchild, Daniel, was born. Needless to say, she was smitten. Mom never returned to acting, but her many talents took her on a new journey. She taught drama, wrote a play called "Garage Sale," composed all its music, became a member of ASCAP and penned three books about her life during the Golden Era of Hollywood. These accomplishments brought her pride, accolades and a sense of fulfillment, but what brought her the most happiness in life were times spent with her family and friends. Though we will miss her terribly, she'll forever remain close in our hearts and memories. She now joins her mother, Mary; father, Jack; sisters, Anita and Ada; brother, David and the love of her life "Tony." In accordance with her wishes, a private family service was held at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, yesterday. A celebration of her life will take place at a later date. Sybil's family wishes to express their profound appreciation to Jeb, Michele, Carmen, Dr. Pullens, Natalie and Noel, of the Roze Room Hospice, for the love, care and compassion they bestowed upon us all. "Sweet dreams, mom. I love you bunches. Kiss dad for me." Published in the Los Angeles Times on September 4, 2011.