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DEATH OF GABY LOMBERG (article first published : 2007-04-26)

The South African theatrical community mourns the passing of another talented artist.

Gaby Lomberg, who graced the stages of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban in the 80’s and 90’s with her remarkable talent, gave up her long battle with cancer on April 23.

Gaby was also a fine radio actress and a gifted writer, but it is probably for her captivating performances in the Johannesburg Christmas pantomimes that she will best be remembered.

“Whether she was playing the prince, the princess or the fairy queen, her sparkling presence, her bell-like voice, her nimble-footed dance routines and her remarkable beauty lit up the stage,” writes friend and colleague, well-known actress Shirley Johnston. “Gaby excelled at comedy and was rapidly making her mark as a brilliant stand-up comic on stage and television when in 1996 she was diagnosed with a brain tumour which rendered her incapable of pursuing her career.

“In spite of her tragic affliction, Gaby never lost her sharp wit, her quick repartee and her keen intelligence as she struggled on bravely for over ten years. Until the end, she bore her illness with grace and dignity. I shall miss you sorely dearest, beautiful, blue-eyed Gabs.”

Michele Levin, another well-known actress, also pays tribute: “We must remember Gaby as the brilliant, wonderfully talented performer that she was. I only did one show with her before she fell ill, Crazy For You. Even once she was struggling with the tumour, she managed to get an article published, and never moaned endlessly about her condition. She was still the strong-willed determined Gaby that we know and love.”




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