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A member of New Theatre's social "younger set" and a versatile performer, Lyle in 1948 acted in The Dangerous Sex, directed and played The Lady in Shaw’s Man of Destiny, and acted in The Alchemist. She played Sybil in An Inspector Calls 1950, and was in the casts of How I Wonder! 1951, The Travelling Musicians 1952 and The Germans 1952. Lyle was in the original Reedy River and was on Front Of House duty on the last night it played at Castlereagh Street, on Anzac Day 1954.

In 1949 Lyle acted in Mandragola and The Male Animal (a fellow cast member was Shirley Falconer) at the Independent, and toured schools as Olivia in Twelfth Night. She went to drama school with Ruth Cracknell and turned professional. With a toothy grin and comic angularity, she performed in a string of Phillip Street revues from 1954, including Bats with John Bluthal, finishing with an interstate tour in 1960. She had a part in the television series The Adventures of Long John Silver screened in 1957.

In 1967 Lyle returned from playing clubs in the USA to take part in the three-woman Phillip Street revue But I Wouldn’t Want To Live There with Gloria Dawn and Ruth Cracknell. Lyle played Esther in the 1996 film Lilian’s Story.

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