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Leonie Forbes, a well-known actress, presenter and producer, died on October 25 at the age of 85. Prime Minister Andrew Holness said in a tweet that Forbes’ name, along with Jamaican theater and TV, is associated with Jamaica. According to the tweet

“She was always an exquisite, polite lady with a voice that demanded respect and adoration.” We express our gratitude to Leonie for her contributions to Jamaican art and culture, as well as our sincere regrets at her departure.”

Leonie has appeared in a number of local movies and TV series such as Z-Cars, The Odd Man, The Public Eye and others.

Leonie Forbes was made an Officer of the Order of Distinction for her distinguished career and contributions.

Forbes was born on June 14, 1937 in Kingston, Jamaica. She attended Kingston Senior School, Excelsior College and Durham College of Commerce. After her education, she worked as a typewriter at the University of the West Indies. She then went on to work for writer Barry Reckord, where she typed his works. In 1959 she started working as a radio announcer for the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation and received a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in England.

Leonie Forbes

Forbes spent six years at RADA studying radio, television and stage methods. She has also worked as a writer for BBC Caribbean and appeared in programs such as Z-Cars, The Odd Man, Public Eye and Hugh and I. In 1962, she made her stage debut as a major character in Lloyd Rekord’s Busha Bluebeard. . Leonie returned to Jamaica in 1966 and continued to work for the JBC. She lived in Australia from 1968 to 1970, as her husband was working at the University of Queensland at the time. She also performed in a few radio plays for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and taught theater part-time.

In 1972 she was appointed head of JBC’s FM station, Radio Two, and in 1976 she was promoted to director of radio broadcasting. Leonie later starred in a number of local plays and films, as well as international productions such as Milk and Honey, The Orchid House, and Soul Survivor. In 1980 she was made an Officer of the Order of Distinction. Leonie: Her autobiography, the Forbes autobiography, was published in August 2012. She told The Sunday Gleaner at the time that she loved helping people smile and forget their problems, and that it was a succession of happy coincidences that brought her to her. brought work. she went on,

“It was quite different. For starters, we are now compensated. We did it all out of love and interest then.”

Leonie Forbes

Leonie said things have changed since there have been more gigs, shows are longer and individuals can now travel and demonstrate their abilities.

On Twitter, users pay tribute to Leoni Forbes.

Many others took to Twitter to pay tribute to the late actress and presenter, and many reminisced about their encounters with her. Leonie Forbes is survived by her husband, Dr. Keith Amiel, as well as her four children and extended relatives.


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