Mabel Blythe

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Mabel Blythe
මේබල් බ්ලයිත්
Born
Mabel Josephine Blythe

(1930-03-28)March 28, 1930
Kandy, Sri Lanka
Died2004 (aged 83)
NationalitySri Lankan
OccupationActor
Years active1947-1983
Spouse(s)Ranjith Anthony
RelativesShirley Blythe (sister)
Princey Blythe (sister)

Mabel Josephine Blythe (1930–2004) was a popular Sri Lankan actress and singer who appeared in early Sinhala films opposite Eddie Jayamanne.

Personal life[edit]

Blythe was born on March 28, 1930.[1] Blythe married Ranjith Anthony and settled in Nuwara Eliya subsequently relying on a Tower Hall pension.

Career[edit]

Actress Jemini Kantha introduced her to B. A. W. Jayamanne who cast Blythe in Hadisi Vinishchaya (1949) opposite Eddie Jayamanne. She subsequently had similar roles in Sengawunu Pilithura (1951), Umathu Wishwasaya (1952), Kele Handa (1953), Iranganie (1954), Matha Bedhaya (1955), Perakadoru Bena (1955), Daiwa Wipaakaya (1956), Vanaliya (1958; with her sister Shirly Blythe), Kawata Andare (1960) and Mangalika (1963).[2]

Blythe sang in her movies. Her song "Sara Goiya" done for Daiwa Wipaakaya is considered one of the longest songs in Sri Lankan cinema running in at eight minutes. Blythe dueted with Mohideen Baig on "Surathaliye Sukumaliye" for the same film.[3] Earlier she did several duets with Eddie Jayamanne.

Blythe's later movies include Senasuma Kothanada (1966), Geetha (1970), Sujeewa (1972), Sukiri Kella (1975) and Mangala (1976). She also appeared in two South Indian films, Walliyin Selvan (with MG Ramachandran) and Periya Ediththa Pen (alongside Chandrababu). Blythe retired from film after filling in the role originally done by Jemini Kantha in the remake of Kadawunu Poronduwa (1982) pairing with Eddie Jayamanne one last time.[3]

She was presented the Sarasaviya Rantisara Award in 2002.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Ref.
1950 Hadisi Vinischaya Srimathi
1951 Sengawunu Pilithura Nancina
1952 Umathu Wishvasaya Lizzy
1953 Kele Handa Missy
1954 Iranganie Margret
1955 Mathabhedaya Millie
1956 Daiva Vipakaya Shiromala
1958 Wanaliya
1959 Hadisi Vivahaya Anta
1970 Geetha Mabel
1976 Hariyata Hari Leticia
1982 Kadawunu Poronduwa remake Josie
1949 Peralena Iranama
1955 Perakadoru Bena
1961 Jeewitha Poojawa
1963 Mangalika
1964 Kala Kala De Pala Pala De
1964 Sujage Rahasa
1966 Senasuma Kothanada
1967 Pipena Kumudu
1967 Magul Poruwa
1967 Sarana
1972 Sujeewa
1975 Sookiri Kella Dayawathie
1985 Raththaran Kanda
1991 Cheriyo Doctor Mrs. Saparamadu
1992 Jaya Sri We Kumariye
1993 Jeewan Malli
2003 Sepata Dukata Sunny Mala's mother

References[edit]

  1. ^ Uvais, Ramesh (2004). "Mabel Blythe". Daily Mirror.
  2. ^ Savarimutthu, Ranee (1977). On the Development of Sinhala Cinema, 1947-1967. Colombo, Sri Lanka: OCIC Sri Lanka.
  3. ^ a b c Kiriella, Indrani (2004). "Remembering Mabel Blythe Anthony: I'll never hear that voice again". Daily News. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2009.

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