The Southern African History Musings of Ross Dix-Peek


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Basil Rathbone

(Anonymous)
What an interesting article. I have always liked Basil Rathbone and knew that he was South African by birth. He shared a regiment - the London Scottish Regionals (before later transferring as a Lieutenant to the Liverpool Scottish Regionals) - with actors Ronald Colman, Claude Rains and Herbert Marshall. All of them were good friends during their Hollywood years - perhaps their war experiences and similar backgrounds drew them together.

Thank you for your comment,much appreciated. The sad verity is that he is hardly known in his country of birth,and of course the others too,except possibly for Sybil Jason. I think you're absolutely spot on about their war experiences bringing them together.
Again, thanksfor your comment.

Ross Dix-Peek

Mr. Ross Dix-Peek's article on South African Hollywood stars.

(Anonymous)
It was a lovely article on all of us from South Africa who made our names in Hollywood's Golden Era. I became Warner Bros first child star under long term contract and today am very busy in my second careers of writing,doing lecture tours, and have written two successful books called MY FIFTEEN MINUTES and FIVE MINUTES MORE. I am now busily writing my third book WHAT 'S IT ALL ABOUT,SYBIL? which will be published in January 2010. On my birthday this November 23rd. I am being honoured by TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES with a tribute all night long where four of my movies will be shown in complete form,archival photos,clips from some of my other movies,and television interviews I have given in the past. I have lived in America for many years but am very proud of my South African roots and country.
Blessings to everyone and their loved ones Sybil Jason

Re: Mr. Ross Dix-Peek's article on South African Hollywood stars.

Thanks Sybil Jason, thank you so much for your compliment, very appreciated!

Regards,
Ross Dix-Peek

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