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Leonie launches autobiography today

Published:Sunday | August 26, 2012 | 12:00 AM
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Leonie Forbes with Maas Ran in 'The Taming of the Shrew'.
Professor Mervyn Morris returns a copy of 'It A Come' by Mikey Smith.FILe
Leonie Forbes (right) in 'The Rope and the Cross', playing the mother of Judas.

Davina Henry, Staff Reporter

She is an accomplished broadcaster and actress and should have launched her new book, Leonie: Her Autobiography (Leonie Forbes as told to Mervyn Morris), today.

But, rewind some 40 years and one will recognise that Forbes' story resembles that of many Jamaicans who wish to succeed.

Having started out as a typist, Forbes transitioned into broadcasting and later into acting. According to her, it was putting a smile on the faces of individuals that led her to the profession.

"I liked making people smile and forget their troubles. I would describe it as a series of happy accidents that led me to this profession," she told The Sunday Gleaner.

Winner of multiple awards and accolades, Forbes appeared in plays such as Old Story Time and Soul Survivor, among others. Now in her 70s, she notes that there have been drastic changes in the industry.


"It was very different. Well, for one, now we get paid. Back then, we did it purely out of love and interest," she said.

She noted that several changes occurred for the better.

"We now have more performing spaces, productions run longer and we now have the opportunity to travel and showcase our talent," Forbes said.

With the impending launch of her new book, it seems as though life is just beginning for Forbes.

"I hope that it will bring amusement to people. Hopefully, they can recognise themselves in my experiences."