SYLVIA ANDERSON the legendary co-creator of Thunderbirds and a host of television shows spanning five decades, has died following a short illness at her home in Bray, Buckinghamshire. Tributes have been pouring in from all over the World from fans of the original programmes, whose lives were transformed by Sylvia’s creativity and genuine love for her characters. The most famous was the charismatic Lady Penelope, which was visually based on its creator and was also voiced by Sylvia. Daughter of a Boxing Champion and Dressmaker from South London, Sylvia was one of the first female film producers in the UK to make a mark with her innovative programming and creativity. In recent years Sylvia has worked as Head of Programming for HBO in the UK, and has been writing a television series with her daughter Dee Anderson entitled ‘The Last Station’. Sylvia recently appeared at a convention hosted by Fanderson the fan club for Sylvia and her late husband Gerry, and was greeted with two standing ovations. Sylvia had many famous friends, but would always find time to take care of people who were suffering or in need of support. She donated and worked for many charities including Breast Cancer Care, with The Pink FAB Ball which is still going ahead in her memory on 6 May at The Landmark Hotel.
Sylvia has been succeeded by her daughter Dee Anderson, who is a Singer/Songwriter, and her son Gerry Anderson Junior, an anaesthetist. She has four grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Quote from Dee Anderson: ‘Sylvia was a Mother and a Legend – her intelligence was phenomenal but her creativity and tenacity unchallenged. She was a force in every way, and will be sadly missed.’