(CMR) Jamaican theater icon and broadcaster Leonie Forbes has died. Forbes (85) died at the University Hospital of the West Indies Tuesday evening, 25 October.
Reports are that she was not feeling well and was taken to the hospital earlier on Tuesday.
For several decades, Forbes was active in Jamaica's theater, radio, and television. During her earlier years, she worked as an announcer at the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation.
As an actress, she played leading roles in twelve pantomimes and has acted in plays such as “Sea Mama”, “Miss Unusual”, “The Rope and the Cross”, “Old Story Time” and “Champagne and Sky Juice”.
She has also appeared in films such as “Children of Babylon” (1980), “Club Paradise” (1986), “The Orchid House” (1991), “Milk and Honey” (1995), “What My Mother Told Me” (1995), and “Soul Survivor” (1995).
Leonie Forbes also authored a book called “The Re-Entry Into Sound “, along with Alma Mock Yen, formerly of the UWI's Radio Education Unit. This is a standard text used to train broadcasters all over the Caribbean.