Cultural Icon, Shirley ‘BEULAH’ King, has died

Popular Trinbagonian actress and retired teacher, Shirley ‘Beulah’ King, has died at the age of 74. King began her career as an actress in the Strolling Players Theater Company which was led by well-known playwright , Freddie Kisson. She was known for her role in the television series “Beulah Darling”, “Calabash Alley” and numerous advertisements with now deceased veteran actor, Errol “Stork” St Hill for products such as Nisa Corned Beef, evaporated and powdered milk, sardines with the parrot saying, “Come to borrow”, Scotia Bank and National Lottery. In 1998, she was awarded the Humming Bird Medal (Silver) and the Cacique Lifetime Achievement Award. In her later years, King worked as a director behind the scenes in different plays.

King was born in 1942 in a southern town of the island called Point Fortin , however she lived most of her childhood days in the Chaguanas region. She was the eldest of seven siblings and supported her father’s efforts to raise the family by taking on many responsibilities at her home. Unfortunately, King was unable to attend secondary school because the family could not afford it, but, she found her niche in theater and rose to the status of cultural icon as she continued to bring joy and laughter to many households.

 

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