Born on November 23, 1929, in Capetown, South Africa, Sybil showed her musical talents at an early age, picking out tunes on the piano by age two, and soon appearing onstage doing her impressions of Mae West, Jimmy Durante, Maurice Chevalier, Greta Garbo, and others. Through the assistance of her uncle, Harry Jacobson, an accompanist to British star Gracie Fields, she came to England to meet Ms. Fields and Frances Day, another top performer.
Her exposure through their efforts led to a contract with Warner Brothers, as their only child star, and she soon commanded star billing in films including "Little Big Shot," "The Great O'Malley," "The Singing Kid," "I Found Stella Parrish," and others. Her co-stars included, besides Mr. Jolson, all of Warner's stars of the day, and she was even billed over Humphrey Bogart!
Not only a movie star, Sybil returned to her stage roots when Warners sent her out on personal appearance tours between film productions. Performing on stage was not enough, she would visit hospitals, orphanages, and other venues, often raising money for charitable events with her talents.
During her multi-faceted career she has been guarded by the real Elliot Ness, been Mayor of San Francisco for a minute, and met with President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who made her Honorary Secretary of State. Caught overseas in 1941 while on a worldwide tour, Sybil returned to the United States after the war, where she resumed her career. With her husband, Tony Drake, whom she met while playing Dorothy in a stage version of "The Wizard of Oz," she has a wonderful daughter, Toni, and a warm and loving family.
Sybil is an Honorary member of the International Al Jolson Society, and has a fan club of her own, the International Sybil Jason Fan Club. She has recently published her autobiography, My Fifteen Minutes, a must-read for those interested in show business.
My Fifteen Minutes, by Sybil Jason, Bearmanor Media, 2005