Tributes to actress Leila Webster

Tributes to actress Leila Webster

Northern Ireland actress Leila Webster has died at the age of 90.

She has been described as a Belfast institution and a legend of local theatre.Leila Webster was well known for her one woman comedy shows, but she also worked alongside the late Hollywood superstar Bob Hope.Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has led the tributes."Leila was a remarkable woman, and an inspirational figure whose talent and enthusiasm will be sadly missed," said the Sinn Féin minister."A singer and performer who excelled on both stage and screen, Leila entertained audiences of all ages. Born off the Ormeau Road in Belfast, she began singing at the age of 10.Leila shared the stage with a range of stars, from James Young to Bob Hope. She left a lasting impression both audiences and those she worked with.Carál Ní Chuilín"It was the beginning of a career which evolved to show Leila's versatility across many disciplines - from comedy to drama, from opera to improvisation."My thoughts are with her family and friends at this time."Local actor Dan Gordon said Ms Webster's talent allowed her to enjoy a very diverse career."She kept reinventing herself, that was part of the trick, going from a cabaret singer, then comedy came along, then acting and television," he told UTV."The plays were how I really got to know her and you were always kind of jealous of her ability to appeal to everyone."Dennison Mahood, who was a close friend, paid tribute to a "legend of Ulster theatre".Dennison said: "She was a great lady who brought much pleasure and laughter to many people. Really she was an institution in Belfast and beyond."She was a legend of Ulster theatre."


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