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Barry Humphries AO CBE

Barry Humphries in Toronto, December 2001
Born John Barry Humphries
February 17, 1934 (1934-02-17) (age 74)
Camberwell, Melbourne, Australia
Years active 1950s – present
Spouse(s) Lizzie Spender (1990 - present)
Diane Millstead (div)
Rosalind Tong

John Barry Humphries, AO, CBE (born 17 February 1934 in Camberwell, Melbourne, Victoria) is an Australian comedian, satirist and character actor best known for his on-stage and television alter egos Dame Edna Everage, a Melbourne housewife, and Sir Les Patterson, Australia's foul-mouthed cultural attaché to Britain. Humphries is also a film producer and script writer, a star of London's West End musical theatre, an award-winning writer and an accomplished landscape painter. Insignia of a Companion of the Order of Australia. ... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Burke Road, Camberwell (looking north from Camberwell Junction) Camberwell is a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, in the local municipality of the City of Boroondara. ... This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre (also known as The CBD). ... What is popularly called the Tony Award® but is formally the Antoinette Perry Award is an annual American award celebrating achievements in theater, including musical theater. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... Dame Edna Everage featuring on a billboard at the Myer department store in Melbourne. ... Insignia of a Companion of the Order of Australia. ... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Burke Road, Camberwell (looking north from Camberwell Junction) Camberwell is a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, in the local municipality of the City of Boroondara. ... This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre (also known as The CBD). ... VIC redirects here. ... For the documentary about Jerry Seinfeld, see Comedian (film). ... Dame Edna Everage featuring on a billboard at the Myer department store in Melbourne. ... Sir Les Patterson is a fictional character portrayed by the Australian comedian Barry Humphries. ... A cultural attaché is a diplomat with special responsibility for promoting the culture of his or her homeland. ...


Humphries' characters, especially Edna Everage, have brought him international renown, and he has appeared in numerous films, stage productions and television shows. His Barry McKenzie comic strips about Australians in London appeared in Private Eye magazine with drawings by Nicholas Garland. The stories about "Bazza" (also Humphries' nickname) gave wide circulation to Australian slang, particularly jokes about drinking and its consequences, much of it invented by Humphries. He was also the voice of Bruce the Shark in the 2003 Pixar movie Finding Nemo. Dame Edna Everage featuring on a billboard at the Myer department store in Melbourne. ... Barry McKenzie or Bazza McKenzie is a fictional character originally created by the Australian comedian Barry Humphries for a comic strip in the magazine Private Eye. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... Private eye may mean: Look up Private eye on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Private Eye a fortnightly British satirical magazine-newspaper, edited by Ian Hislop (as of 2005) A private investigator, a private detective for hire (see also crime fiction and detective fiction) Private Eye, a song by Alkaline Trio... Nicholas Withycombe Garland (born 1935) is a political cartoonist for the Daily Telegraph. ... EXAMPLE:Laughbox,Blondie,BamBam,Pinkie,etc. ... For other uses, see Slang (disambiguation). ... Pixars studio lot in Emeryville Pixar Animation Studios is an American computer animation studio based in Emeryville, California (USA) notable for its seven Academy Awards. ... Finding Nemo is an Academy Award-winning computer-animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released to theaters by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution. ...


Humphries has been married four times; his fourth wife Lizzie Spender is the daughter of British poet Sir Stephen Spender. He has two daughters and two sons from his second and third marriages, to Rosalind Tong and Diane Millstead respectively. Sir Stephen Harold Spender CBE, (February 28, 1909, London – July 16, 1995) was an English poet, novelist and essayist who concentrated on themes of social injustice and the class struggle in his work. ...

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Early life

Barry Humphries was born in the Melbourne suburb of Camberwell in Victoria, Australia. His grandfather was an immigrant to Australia from Manchester, England. His father was a well-to-do construction manager and Barry grew up in a "clean, tasteful and modern home" in Camberwell, then one of Melbourne’s new ‘garden suburbs’. His early home life set the pattern for his eventual stage career -- Barry's parents bought him everything he wanted, but his father in particular spent little time with him so he spent hours playing dress-ups in the back garden. This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre (also known as The CBD). ... Burke Road, Camberwell (looking north from Camberwell Junction) Camberwell is a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, in the local municipality of the City of Boroondara. ... VIC redirects here. ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... Burke Road, Camberwell (looking north from Camberwell Junction) Camberwell is a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, in the local municipality of the City of Boroondara. ...

"Disguising myself as different characters and I had a whole box of dressing up clothes ... Red Indian, sailor suit, Chinese costume and I was very spoiled in that way ... I also found that entertaining people gave me a great feeling of release, making people laugh was a very good way of befriending them. People couldn't hit you if they were laughing."

His parents nicknamed him 'Sunny Sam', and his early childhood was happy and uneventful, but in his teens Barry began to rebel against the strictures of conventional suburban life by becoming 'artistic' – much to the dismay of his parents who, despite their affluence, distrusted "art". A key event took place when he was nine -- his mother gave all his books to the Salvation Army, cheerfully explaining: "But you've read them, Barry." Shield of The Salvation Army The Salvation Army is a non-military evangelical Christian organisation. ...


Humphries responded by becoming a voracious reader, a collector of rare books, a painter, a theatre fan and a surrealist. Dressing up in a black cloak, black homburg and mascara'd eyes, he invented his first sustained character, "Dr Aaron Azimuth", dandy and Dadaist. This article is about the persons. ... Dadaism or Dada is a post-World War I cultural movement in visual art as well as literature (mainly poetry), theatre and graphic design. ...


Educated at Camberwell Grammar School, he has been awarded his place in the Gallery of Achievement there. His father’s building business prospered and Barry was sent to Melbourne Grammar School where he spurned sport, detested mathematics, shirked cadets "on the basis of conscientious objection" and matriculated with brilliant results in English and Art. Camberwell Grammar School is an independent, Anglican, day school for boys, located in Canterbury, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ... Melbourne Grammar School, also known as MGS or Melbourne Boys, is an independent, day and boarding school predominantly for boys, located in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, . Founded in 1858, the school is a member of the Associated Public Schools of Victoria. ...


He spent two years studying at Melbourne University (Queen's College), where he studied law, philosophy and fine arts. During this time he became Australia’s leading exponent of the deconstructive and absurdist art movement, Dada. The Dadaist pranks and performances he mounted in Melbourne were experiments in anarchy and visual satire which have become part of Australian folklore. An exhibit entitled "Pus In Boots" consisted of a pair of Wellington boots filled with custard; a mock pesticide product called "Platytox" claimed on its box to be effective against the platypus, a beloved and protected species in Australia. The University of Melbourne, located in Melbourne, in Victoria, is the second oldest university in Australia (the University of Sydney is the oldest). ... Queens College Queens College is a residential College affiliated with the University of Melbourne providing accommodation to 218 students who are attending the University of Melbourne, RMIT University and Monash Universitys Victorian College of Pharmacy. ... For other uses, see Law (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Philosophy (disambiguation). ... Fine art is a term used to refer to fields traditionally considered to be artistic. ... DaDa is a concept album by Alice Cooper, released in 1983. ... A pair of Wellington boots The Wellington boot, also known as a welly, a wellie, a gumboot or a rubber boot, is a type of boot based upon Hessian boots. ... For other uses, see Platypus (disambiguation). ...


He was part of a group that made a series of recordings of Dada-influenced recordings in Melbourne from 1952-53. "Wubbo Music" (Barry has said that "wubbo" is a pseudo-Aboriginal word meaning "nothing") is thought to be one of the earliest recordings of experimental music in Australia. DaDa is a concept album by Alice Cooper, released in 1983. ... For experimental rock music, see experimental rock. ...


He was also legendary for his provocative public pranks. One infamous example involved Humphries dressing as a Frenchman, with an accomplice dressed as a blind person; the accomplice would board a tram, followed soon after by Humphries. At the appropriate juncture Humphries would force his way past the "blind" man, yelling "Get out of my way, you disgusting blind person", kicking him viciously in the shins and then jumping off the tram and making his escape in a waiting car.


An even more extreme example was his notorious "sick bag" prank. This involved carrying a tin of condensed soup onto an aircraft, which he would then surreptitiously empty into an air-sickness bag. At the appropriate point in the flight, he would pretend to vomit loudly and violently into the bag. Then, to the horror of passengers and crew, he would proceed to eat the contents. One April Fool's Day Humphries placed a roast dinner and glass of champagne in an inner-city bin. Later in the morning, when there were many businesspeople queuing at a nearby building, Humphries approached the group as a dirty, dishevelled man. He walked to the bin, opened the lid and proceeded to lift the roast and drink from it. Much to the amazement of watchers-by, he found a suitable seating area and began to eat it. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Look up Bin on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Bin can refer to: Any container for storing any kind of material or items, usually with a large opening at the top so that contents can easily be removed, often with a lid. ...


Such stunts were the early manifestations of a lifelong interest in the bizarre, discomforting and subversive.


He had written and performed songs and sketches in university revues, so after leaving university he joined the newly formed Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC). It was at this point that he created the first incarnation of what became his best-known character, Edna Everage. The first stage sketch featuring Mrs Norm Everage, called "Olympic Hostess", premiered at Melbourne University's Union Theatre on December 12, 1955. In his award-winning autobiography, More Please (1992), Humphries relates that he created a character similar to Edna in the back of a bus while touring country Victoria in Twelfth Night with the MTC at the age of twenty. The dowdy Moonee Ponds housewife, originally created as a caricature of Australian suburban complacency and insularity, has evolved over four decades to become a satire of stardom, the gaudily dressed, acid-tongued, egomaniacal, internationally feted Housewife Gigastar, Dame Edna Everage. The Melbourne Theatre Company, which is the oldest professional theatre in Australia, known popularly as MTC, is based in the Ferrars Street complex in Southbank, Victoria, which serves as its administrative, costuming and rehearsal base. ... Dame Edna Everage featuring on a billboard at the Myer department store in Melbourne. ... Twelfth Night has at least three meanings: Twelfth Night (holiday), celebrated by some Christians Twelfth Night, or What You Will, a comedic play by William Shakespeare Twelfth Night (band), a progressive rock band This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the... Moonee Ponds is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ... Dame Edna Everage featuring on a billboard at the Myer department store in Melbourne. ...


Humphries' other satirical characters include the legendary comic strip hero, nephew of Dame Edna (and progenitor of Crocodile Dundee) Barry McKenzie; the "priapic and inebriated cultural attaché" Sir Les Patterson, who has "continued to bring worldwide discredit upon Australian arts and culture, while contributing as much to the Australian vernacular as he has borrowed from it"; gentle, grandfatherly "returned gentleman" Sandy Stone; iconoclastic '60s underground film-maker Martin Agrippa, Paddington socialist academic Neil Singleton, sleazy trade union official Lance Boyle, high-pressure art salesman Morrie O’Connor and failed tycoon Owen Steele. Crocodile Dundee is a 1986 Australian comedy film set in the Australian Outback in the area around Walkabout Creek and in New York City. ... Barry McKenzie or Bazza McKenzie is a fictional character originally created by the Australian comedian Barry Humphries for a comic strip in the magazine Private Eye. ... Sir Les Patterson is a fictional character portrayed by the Australian comedian Barry Humphries. ... For other places with the same name, see Paddington (disambiguation). ... Socialism is a social and economic system (or the political philosophy advocating such a system) in which the economic means of production are owned and controlled collectively by the people. ... The Lawrence textile strike (1912), with soldiers surrounding peaceful demonstrators A trade union or labor union is an organization of workers who have banded together to achieve common goals in key areas of wages, hours, and working conditions. ...


Humphries then moved to Sydney and joined Sydney's Philip Street Revue Theatre, Australia's leading venue for revue and satirical comedy. After a long season in revue he appeared as Estragon in Waiting for Godot, Australia's first ever production of a Samuel Beckett play. Estragon (affectionately Gogo; he tells Pozzo his name is Adam) is one of the two main characters from Samuel Becketts Waiting for Godot. ... Waiting for Godot is a play by Samuel Beckett, in which the characters wait for Godot, who never arrives. ... Samuel Barclay Beckett (13 April 1906 – 22 December 1989) was an Irish dramatist, novelist and poet. ...


London and the 1960s

In 1959 he settled in London where he lived and worked throughout the Sixties. He became friends with leading members of the British comedy scene including Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, Alan Bennett, Jonathan Miller, Spike Milligan, Willie Rushton and fellow Australian expatriate comedian-actors John Bluthal and Dick Bentley. Humphries performed at Cook's comedy venue The Establishment, where he also became friends with and was photographed by leading photographer Lewis Morley, whose studio was located above the club. He contributed to the satirical magazine Private Eye, of which Cook was publisher, his best-known work being the cartoon strip The Wonderful World of Barry McKenzie. The bawdy cartoon satire of the worst aspects of Australians abroad was written by Humphries and drawn by New Zealand born cartoonist Nicholas Garland. The book version of the comic strip, published in the late' 60s, was for some time banned in Australia. This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Dudley Stuart John Moore, CBE (April 19, 1935 – March 27, 2002), was an Academy-Award nominated British comedian, actor and musician. ... For other persons named Peter Cook, see Peter Cook (disambiguation). ... Published by Faber/Profile Books in 2005 Alan Bennett (born May 9, 1934) is an English author and actor noted for his work, his boyish appearance and his sonorous Yorkshire accent. ... This article is about the British physician, theatre and opera director, and television presenter; for other people named Jonathan Miller, see Jonathan Miller (disambiguation). ... Terence Alan Milligan KBE (16 April 1918–27 February 2002), known as Spike Milligan, was an Irish comedian, writer, musician, poet and playwright. ... William George Rushton, commonly known as Willie Rushton (August 18, 1937–December 11, 1996) was a British cartoonist, satirist, comedian, actor and performer. ... John Bluthal (born 1929) is a film and television actor, mostly in comedy. ... Dick Bentley was an Australian comedian and actor. ... The Establishment was a short-lived London nightclub of the early 1960s, based in Soho and famous in retrospect for satire although actually more notable at the time for jazz and other events. ... Lewis Morley, born Hong Kong, 1925, to English and Chinese parents, is a photographer. ... Private eye may mean: Look up Private eye on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Private Eye a fortnightly British satirical magazine-newspaper, edited by Ian Hislop (as of 2005) A private investigator, a private detective for hire (see also crime fiction and detective fiction) Private Eye, a song by Alkaline Trio... Nicholas Withycombe Garland (born 1935) is a political cartoonist for the Daily Telegraph. ...


Humphries appeared in numerous West End stage productions including the musicals Oliver! and Maggie May, by Lionel Bart, and stage and radio productions by his friend Spike Milligan, in particular The Bed Sitting Room. This article is about the musical. ... This article is about the Rod Stewart song. ... Lionel Bart (1930-1999) was a British composer of songs musicals, best known for Oliver! Bart was born Lionel Begleiter in London to Galician Jews, and grew up in Stepney. ... The Bed-Sitting Room is a satirical play by Spike Milligan and John Antrobus. ...


In 1962 when Humphries was in Cornwall with his wife, he fell over a cliff near Zennor and landed on a ledge 150ft below, breaking various bones. The rescue by helicopter was filmed by a news crew from ITN. The footage of the rescue were shown to Humphries for the first time on a 2006 BBC show - Turn Back Time. Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Cornwall (disambiguation). ... Zennor Quoit, about a mile southeast of Zennor village. ... ITN may refer to: Independent Television News In the news, a section on the Main Page of English Wikipedia This is a disambiguation page, a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Turn Back Time started on 9th August 2006, and is hosted by Dara Ó Briain. ...


Humphries' first major break on the British stage came when he was cast in the role of the undertaker Mr Sowerberry for the original 1960 London stage production of Oliver! He recorded Sowerberry's feature number "That's Your Funeral" for the original London cast soundtrack album (released on Deram) and reprised the role when the production moved to Broadway in 1963, where it became the first London stage musical to be transplanted to Broadway and receive the same critical and audience reception it had received in Britain. In 1967 he starred as Fagin in the Piccadilly Theatre's revival of Oliver! which featured a young Phil Collins as The Artful Dodger. In 1997 Barry reprised the role of Fagin in Cameron Mackintosh's award winning revival at the London Palladium. Deram Records was set up by Decca Records (UK) ostensibly as a label for alternative or progressive artists. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... An etching by George Cruikshank titled Fagin in the condemned Cell, November 1838. ... The Piccadilly Theatre is situated on Denman Street in Londons West End, hidden behind Piccadilly Circus. ... For other uses, see Phil Collins (disambiguation). ... George Cruikshanks original engraving of the Artful Dodger (center), here introducing Oliver (right) to Fagin (left). ... Sir Cameron Mackintosh (born 17 October 1946) is a successful British theatrical producer. ... The London Palladium in 2004 The London Palladium is a 2,286 seat West End theatre located off Oxford Street in the City of Westminster. ...


In 1967 his friendship with Cook and Moore led to his first film role, a cameo as "Envy" in the hit film Bedazzled starring Cook and Moore with Eleanor Bron, and directed by Stanley Donen. The following year he appeared in The Bliss Of Mrs Blossom with Shirley MacLaine. Bedazzled is a 1967 motion picture, irreverently retelling the Faust legend set in the Swinging London of the 1960s. ... Eleanor Bron (born 14 March 1938) is a British stage, film and television actress and author. ... Stanley Donen (born April 13, 1924) is an American film director and choreographer hailed by David Quinlan as the King of the Hollywood musicals. His most famous work is Singin in the Rain, which he co-directed with Gene Kelly. ... Shirley MacLaine (born April 24, 1934) is an Academy Award-winning American film and theatre actress, well-known not only for her acting, but for her devotion to her belief in reincarnation and aliens. ...


In the late '60s Humphries contributed to BBC-TV's popular The Late Show (which also featured Oz magazine editor Richard Neville) but Humphries found his true calling with his one-man satirical stage revues, in which he performed as Edna Everage and other character creations including Les Patterson and Sandy Stone. "A Nice Night's Entertainment" (1962) was the first such revue. It and "Excuse I: Another Nice Night's Entertainment" (1965) were only performed in Australia. In 1968 Humphries returned to Australia to tour his one-man revue Just A Show; this production transferred to London's Fortune Theatre in 1969. Humphries' gained considerable notoriety with "Just A Show". It polarized British critics but was successful enough to lead to a short-lived BBC television series The Barry Humphries Scandals, one of the precursors to the Monty Python series. This article is an overview article about the Crown chartered British Broadcasting Corporation formed in 1927. ... Oz Number 3 Oz was a satirical humour magazine first published between 1963–69 in Sydney, Australia and, in its second and more famous incarnation, from 1967 to 1973 in London, England. ... Richard Neville is an Australian author and futurist, originally known for publishing and editing the counterculture magazine Oz in Australia and the UK in the 1960s and early 1970s. ... Sir Les Patterson is a fictional character portrayed by the Australian comedian Barry Humphries. ... The Fortune Theatre is the name of two very different theatres Fortune Theatre, England The 20th Century Venue The Fortune Theatre located in Russell Street, Covent Garden in London, was opened in 1924 and stands on the site of the old Albion Tavern. ... Monty Python, or The Pythons,[2][3] is the collective name of the creators of Monty Pythons Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. ...


1970s

In 1970 Humphries returned to Australia, where Edna Everage made her movie debut in John B. Murray's The Naked Bunyip. In 1971-72 he teamed up with producer Philip Adams and writer-director Bruce Beresford to create a film version of the Barry McKenzie cartoons. The Adventures of Barry MacKenzie starred singer Barry Crocker in the title role and featured Humphries — who co-wrote the script with Beresford — playing three different parts. Phillip Adams Phillip Adams (born 1939) is an Australian broadcaster on the Radio National network of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), among many other things in his long and varied career. ... Bruce Beresford (born 16 August 1940) is an Academy Award-nominated Australian film director, writer, and producer. ... Barry Crocker is an Australian singer who has been performing for decades. ...


It was filmed in England and Australia with an all-star cast including Spike Milligan, Peter Cook, Dennis Price, Dick Bentley, Willie Rushton, Julie Covington, Clive James and broadcaster Joan Bakewell. Like several other films of the time which have since been categorised as belonging to the Ocker genre of Australian film, it was almost unanimously panned by Australian film critics, but became a huge hit with audiences. In fact, the film became the most successful locally-made feature ever released in Australia up to that time, paving the way for the success of subsequent locally made feature films like Alvin Purple and Picnic at Hanging Rock. For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Dennistoun Franklyn John Rose-Price (June 23, 1915 – October 6, 1973) was a British actor. ... Dick Bentley was an Australian comedian and actor. ... Julie Covington (born September 11, 1947) is an English singer and actress best known for recording the original version of Dont Cry For Me Argentina. Covingtons break came in 1967 when, whilst still a student at Homerton College, Cambridge, she was invited to sing on David Frosts... Clive James AM (born October 7, 1939 in Kogarah, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) is an expatriate Australian writer, poet, essayist, critic, and commentator on popular culture. ... Joan Bakewell (born Joan Dawson Rowlands on April 16, 1933) is a British journalist and television presenter. ... An Ocker is an Australian working tradesman (bricky, sparkie, builder, and so on) usually dressed in flannos (flanelette shirts), wife beaters (blue singlets), Stubbies (shorts) and old boots. ... Alvin Purple was a 1973 Australian comedy film starring Graeme Blundell, written by Alan Hopgood and directed by Tim Burstall. ... Picnic at Hanging Rock is a 1975 Australian mystery film , and adaptation of the novel of the same name. ...


Another artistic production undertaken at this time was a 1972 collaboration between Humphries and the Australian composer Nigel Butterley. Together they produced First Day Covers, a collection of poems about suburbia - read in performance by Edna Everage - with accompanying music by Butterley[1]. It included poems with titles such as "Histoire du Lamington" and "Morceau en forme de 'meat pie'"[2].


Although his career was blossoming, throughout his sojourn in London Humphries had become increasingly dependent on alcohol and by the late Sixties his friends and family began to fear that his addiction might cost him his career and possibly even his life. It was undoubtedly one of the main reasons for the failure of his marriage, and his drinking was also a contributing factor to the collapse of his second.


His drinking reached crisis point during a visit home in the early Seventies — his parents finally had him admitted to a private hospital to 'dry out' when, after a particularly heavy binge, he was found unconscious in a gutter. Since then he has abstained from alcohol completely and was one of the many friends who tried vainly to help Peter Cook, who eventually died from alcohol-related illnesses. It has been speculated that the excesses of the perpetually drunk Sir Les Patterson are to some extent informed by Humphries' own battles with the bottle. This brush with mortality may account for his enduring fascination with Cryonics, the practice of human cryopreservation. Humphries only makes occasional self-reflexive references to this interest: "why would I want to go on living in the future after dressing up as a woman for fifty-two years?" However, members of the immortalist community have credited the momentum behind a planned Australian facility to his strong private support. For other persons named Peter Cook, see Peter Cook (disambiguation). ... Sir Les Patterson is a fictional character portrayed by the Australian comedian Barry Humphries. ... Not to be confused with cryogenics. ...


Film roles

Since the late '60s Humphries has appeared in numerous films, mostly in supporting or cameo roles. His credits include the UK sex comedy Percy's Progress (1974), David Baker's The Great McCarthy and Bruce Beresford's Barry MacKenzie Holds his Own (1974) -- in which Edna was made a Dame by then Australian PM Gough Whitlam. Percys Progress a British film dating from 1974. ... Edward Gough Whitlam, AC, QC (born 11 July 1916), known as Gough Whitlam (, pronounced Goff), is an Australian former politician and 21st Prime Minister of Australia. ...


Other film credits include Side By Side (1975) and The Getting Of Wisdom (1977). The same year, he had a cameo as Edna in the Robert Stigwood musical film Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (which became infamous as one of the biggest film flops of the decade), followed in 1981 by his part as the fake-blind TV-show host Bert Schnick in Shock Treatment, the sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Robert Stigwood (born April 16, 1934 in Adelaide, Australia) is an Australian-born entertainment entrepreneur. ... This article is about the 1981 musical comedy film. ... The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical comedy film that parodies horror films. ...


He was more successful with his featured role as Richard Deane in Dr Fischer of Geneva (1985); this was followed by The Howling III (1987), a cameo as Rupert Murdoch in the miniseries Selling Hitler (1991) with Alexei Sayle, a three-role cameo in Phillipe Mora's horror satire Pterodactyl Woman From Beverly Hills (1994), the role of Count Metternich in Immortal Beloved (1994), as well as roles in The Leading Man (1996), the Spice Girls' film Spiceworld, the Australian feature Welcome To Woop Woop (1997), and Nicholas Nickleby (2002), in which he donned female garb to play Nathan Lane's wife. Keith Rupert Murdoch AC, KCSG (born 11 March 1931) is an Australian born United States citizen who is a global media executive and is the controlling shareholder, chairman and managing director of News Corporation, based in New York. ... Alexei David Sayle (b. ... Immortal Beloved is a 1994 film about the life of composer Ludwig van Beethoven. ... The Spice Girls are a British all-female pop group, formed in London in 1994. ... Spiceworld is the debut feature film of the four-time BRIT Award-winning English pop girl group Spice Girls directed by Bob Spiers and written by Kim Fuller and Jamie Curtis. ... Nathan Lane (born February 3, 1956) is a Tony Award and Emmy Award-winning actor of the stage and screen. ...


Barry has also featured in various roles in comedy performance films including The Secret Policeman's Other Ball (1982) and A Night of Comic Relief 2 (1989). In 1987 he starred as Les Patterson in one of his own rare flops, the disastrous Les Patterson Saves the World, directed by George T. Miller of Man From Snowy River fame and co-written by Humphries with his third wife, Diane Millstead. The Secret Policemans Other Ball was the fourth of the benefit shows staged by the British Section of Amnesty International to raise funds for its research and campaign work in the human rights field. ... Les Patterson Saves the World is a 1987 Australian film. ... George Trumbull Miller (born 1945) is a Scottish-born Australian film and television director and producer. ...


In 2003 Humphries had a small role in the animated film Finding Nemo. In it he plays a shark who attempts to curb his addiction to fish eating. He eventually falls off the wagon. Playing this role, given his own struggles with alcoholism, is perhaps a good example of Humphries' penchant for self-deprecation. Finding Nemo is an Academy Award-winning computer-animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released to theaters by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution. ... Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ...


One-man shows

Humphries' forte has always been his one-man satirical stage revues, in which he appears as Edna Everage and a host of other character creations, including Les Patterson and Sandy Stone. There can be few (if any) comedians who can boast the career longevity he has enjoyed with Dame Edna, whose popularity shows no signs of flagging after fifty years. Humphries' success is also a tribute to the tremendous skill, style and insight — and the sheer hard work — that he invests in performing two-and-a-half hour shows of entirely original material, laced with ad-libbing, improvisation and audience participation segments.


Humphries has had many successful stage productions in London, most of which he subsequently toured internationally. Despite his later popularity, he encountered stiff resistance in the early years of his career — his first London one-man show A Nice Night's Entertainment (1962) received scathing reviews and it was several years before he made a second attempt. He gained considerable notoriety with his next one-man revue Just A Show, staged at London's Fortune Theatre in 1969. It polarized the critics but was a hit with audiences and became the basis of a growing cult following in the UK. He continued to gain popularity with his early '70s shows including A Load Of Olde Stuffe (1971) and At Least You Can Say You've Seen It (1974-75). The Fortune Theatre is the name of two very different theatres Fortune Theatre, England The 20th Century Venue The Fortune Theatre located in Russell Street, Covent Garden in London, was opened in 1924 and stands on the site of the old Albion Tavern. ...


He finally broke through to widespread critical and audience acclaim in Britain with his 1976 London production Housewife, Superstar! at the Apollo Theatre. Its success in Britain and Australia led Humphries to try his luck with the show in New York in 1977, but it proved to be a disastrous repeat of his experience with Just A Show. Humphries later summed up his negative reception by saying: "When the New York Times tells you to close, you close." The Apollo Theatre is a Grade II listed[1] West End theatre, designed by architect Lewin Sharp for owner Henry Lowenfield and is located on Shaftesbury Avenue in the City of Westminster. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ...


His next show was Isn't It Pathetic At His Age (1978). Like many of his shows, the title quotes one of the remarks his mother often made when she took Barry to the theatre to see superannuated overseas actors touring in Australia during his youth.


His subsequent one-man shows include:

  • A Night With Dame Edna (1979), which won the Society of West End Theatres Award
  • An Evening's Intercourse With Dame Edna (1982)
  • Three seasons of Back with a Vengeance (1987-1988, 2005-2007)
  • Look at Me When I'm Talking to You (1996)
  • Edna, The Spectacle (1998) at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, where he held the record as the only solo act to fill the theatre (since it opened in 1663) until controversial left-wing politician George Galloway sold it out in early 2007.
  • Remember You're Out which toured Australia in 1999.
  • Back With A Vengeance which toured Australia in 2007

He has made numerous theatrical tours in Germany, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, and in the Far and Middle East. In 2003 he toured Australia with his latest show, Getting Back To My Roots (And Other Suckers). Back With a Vengeance is the twenty-sixth episode for the American animated television series Ben 10, which premiered on October 9, 2006. ... Haymarket Theatre, ca. ... George Galloway (born 16 August 1954 in Dundee) is a Scottish politician and author noted for his left-wing views, confrontational style, and rhetorical skill. ... For other uses, see Scandinavia (disambiguation). ... Motto: Je Maintiendrai (Dutch: Ik zal handhaven, English: I Shall Uphold) Anthem: Wilhelmus van Nassouwe Capital Amsterdam1 Largest city Amsterdam Official language(s) Dutch2 Government Parliamentary democracy Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Beatrix  - Prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende Independence Eighty Years War   - Declared July 26, 1581   - Recognised January 30, 1648 (by Spain...


Dame Edna

Main article: Dame Edna Everage
Dame Edna Everage on a billboard.
Dame Edna Everage on a billboard.

Edna Everage is undoubtedly one of the most enduring Australian comic characters of all time, and one of the longest-lived comedic characterisations ever devised. Originally conceived in the late 1950s, Edna has long since transcended her modest origins as a satire of Australian suburbia to become one of the most successful, best-known and best loved comedy characters of all time. She has grown over the years to become, in the words of journalist Caroline Overington: Dame Edna Everage featuring on a billboard at the Myer department store in Melbourne. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1000x1600, 948 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Dame Edna Everage User:Melburnian Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1000x1600, 948 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Dame Edna Everage User:Melburnian Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or... 1867 edition of Punch, a ground-breaking British magazine of popular humour, including a good deal of satire of the contemporary social and political scene. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Suburb. ...

"... a perfect parody of a modern, vainglorious celebrity with a rampant ego and a strong aversion to the audience (whom celebrities pretend to love but actually, as Edna so boldly makes transparent, they actually loathe for their cheap shoes and suburban values).
(The Sydney Morning Herald)

Like her ever-present bunches of gladioli, one of the most popular and distinctive features of Edna's stage and TV appearances has been her extravagant wardrobe, with gaudy, custom-made gowns that satirically outdo the most outrageous creations of Hollywood showbiz designers such as Bob Mackie. Her costumes, most of which were created for her by Australian designer Bill Goodwin, routinely incorporate Aussie kitsch icons such as the flag, Australian native animals and flowers, the Sydney Opera House and the boxing kangaroo. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Species About 260, see text Gladiolus (from Latin, the diminutive of gladius, a sword), sometimes called the sword lily, is a genus of flowering plants, iris family (Iridaceae). ... Robert Gordon Mackie (b. ... Bill Goodwin (July 28, 1910 - 9 May 1958) Goodwin was for many years the announcer and regular character of the Burns and Allen radio program (1950-1951). ... Kitsch is a term of German origin that has been used to categorize art that is considered an inferior copy of an existing style. ... The Sydney Opera House is located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. ... Species Macropus rufus Macropus giganteus Macropus fuliginosus Macropus antilopinus A kangaroo is a marsupial from the family Macropodidae (macropods, meaning large foot). In common use the term is used to describe the largest species from this family, the Red Kangaroo, the Antilopine Kangaroo, and the Eastern and Western Grey Kangaroo...


As the character evolved, Edna's always unseen family became an integral part of the satire, particularly the travails of her invalid husband Norm, who suffered from an almost lifelong onslaught of an unspecified prostate ailment. Her daughter Valmai and her gay, hairdresser son Kenny also became intrinsic elements of the act, as did her long-suffering best friend and New Zealand bridesmaid, Madge Allsop. The prostate is a compound tubuloalveolar exocrine gland of the male mammalian reproductive system. ...


Throughout Edna's career, Madge has been played by English actress Emily Perry (born in 1907), who has the distinction of being the only other actor ever to appear on stage with Humphries in his stage shows, as well as making regular appearances in Dame Edna's TV programs. Emily Perry (born June 28, 1907 in Torquay, Devon, England, UK) is an actress. ...


Dame Edna is also notable as one of the few satirical characters to make a successful transition from stage to TV without losing popularity in either genre, and her decades-long popularity shows no signs of waning. The talk show format provided a perfect outlet for Humphries' rapier wit and his legendary ability to ad-lib, and it enabled Edna to draw on a wide and appreciative pool of fans among fellow actors and comedians, with scores of top-rank stars lining up to be lampooned on her shows. As other Australian actors have begun to make a wider impression in international film and television, Edna has not hesitated to reveal that it was her mentorship which helped "kiddies" like "little Nicole Kidman" to achieve their early success. Nicole Mary Kidman, AC (born 20 June 1967) is an Academy Award-winning Australian[1] actress and occasional singer. ...


Sir Les Patterson

Main article: Sir Les Patterson

Sir Les Patterson is the other Humphries character still current, though mainly as pre-recorded segments in Dame Edna's show. He is the opposite of Dame Edna, uncouth and coarse. Sir Les Patterson is a fictional character portrayed by the Australian comedian Barry Humphries. ...


Television roles

Humphries' numerous television appearances in Australia, the UK and the USA include The Bunyip, a children's comedy for Channel 7 in Melbourne. In the UK he made two highly successful series of his talk show The Dame Edna Experience for London Weekend Television. The series boasted a phalanx of superstar guests including Liza Minnelli, Robin Williams, Cher, Roger Moore, Charlton Heston and Kim Basinger. Channel 7 can mean: A small US-based personal computer game developer most famous for Iron Seed, a game set in space. ... Series One DVD cover (released 2004) The Dame Edna Experience was a British television comedy talk-show hosted by Dame Edna Everage (a character played by Australian satirist Barry Humphries). ... LWT redirects here. ... Liza Minnelli (born March 12, 1946 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress and singer. ... This article is about the American actor and comedian; for other people named Robin Williams, see Robin Williams (disambiguation). ... This article is about the entertainer. ... For other persons named Roger Moore, see Roger Moore (disambiguation). ... Charlton Heston (born October 4, 1924) is an US-american film actor, known for playing larger-than-life heroic roles such as Moses in The Ten Commandments, Colonel George Taylor in Planet of the Apes, and Judah Ben-Hur in Ben-Hur. ... Kimila Ann Basinger (born December 8, 1953) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress and former fashion model. ...


These enormously popular programs have since been repeated worldwide and the special A Night On Mount Edna won Humphries the Golden Rose of Montreux in 1991. He wrote and starred in ABC-TV's The Life And Death Of Sandy Stone (1991), and presented the ABC social history series Barry Humphries' Flashbacks (1999). This article is about the Australian television channel. ...


His more recent television shows include Dame Edna's Neighbourhood Watch, Dame Edna's Work Experience and Dame Edna's Hollywood, an occasional series filmed in the U.S. for the NBC and the Fox network. Edna's most recent television special was Dame Edna Kisses It Better. He also starred in the Kath and Kim telemovie Da Kath and Kim Code in late 2005. The Fox Broadcasting Company is a television network in the United States. ... Jane Turner and Gina Riley as Kath & Kim Kath and Kim is a satirical Australian television series shown on the ABC network. ...


In 2007, Humphries returned to the UK's ITV to host another comedy chat-show called The Dame Edna Treatment, a similar format to The Dame Edna Experience from 20 years earlier. The series once again boasted a collection of top celebrity guests such as Tim Allen, Mischa Barton, Sigourney Weaver, Debbie Harry, and Little Britain stars David Walliams and Matt Lucas. For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... The Dame Edna Treatment is a British talk show starring Barry Humphries as Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson. ... Series One DVD cover (released 2004) The Dame Edna Experience was a British television comedy talk-show hosted by Dame Edna Everage (a character played by Australian satirist Barry Humphries). ... Tim Allen (born Timothy Allen Dick on June 13, 1953) is an American comedian, character actor, voice-over artist, and entertainer perhaps best known for his role in the sitcom Home Improvement and his roles in Disney films, such as The Santa Clause and Toy Story. ... Mischa Anne Barton (born January 24, 1986) is an English actress and fashion model, known for her role as Marissa Cooper on the former Fox television teen drama // Barton was born in Hammersmith, London, to an Irish mother, Nuala (née Quinn), a photographer, and English father, Paul Marsden Barton... Sigourney Weaver (born Susan Alexandra Weaver on October 8, 1949 in New York City) is an Oscar-nominated American actress. ... Deborah Ann Harry (born July 1, 1945, in Miami, Florida) is a singer-songwriter and actress most famous for being the lead singer for the punk rock/new wave band Blondie. ... This article is about the British TV show Little Britain. ... For other persons named David Williams, see David Williams (disambiguation). ... Matthew Richard Lucas (born March 5, 1974) is an English comedy actor. ...


Success in the United States

Barry Humphries finally realised his long-delayed dream of success in the United States when he took Dame Edna - The Royal Tour to Broadway in 2000, scoring a smash hit and winning rave reviews. As a result Humphries won the inaugural 'Special Tony Award for a Live Theatrical Event' in 2000 and two National Broadway Theatre Awards for "Best Play" and for "Best Actor" in 2001. Asked what it was like to win a Tony award by an Australian journalist he said "it was like winning 1000 Gold Logies at the same time". What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... The Gold Logie Award The Logie Awards are the Australian television industry awards, which have been presented annually since 1959. ...


Edna's new-found success in America led to many media opportunities, including a semi-regular role in the hit TV series Ally McBeal. Vanity Fair magazine then invited Dame Edna to write a satirical advice column but she unwittingly created a storm of controversy with a piece published in the February 2003 issue. Replying to a reader who asked if she should learn Spanish, she replied: For the character, see Ally McBeal (character). ... American actress Demi Moore, on a typical Vanity Fair cover (August, 1991) Vanity Fair is a glossy American glamour magazine monthly that offers a mixture of articles based on sensational exaggerations, jet-set and entertainment-business personalities, politics, and lies. ...

"Forget Spanish. There's nothing in that language worth reading except Don Quixote, and a quick listen to the CD of Man of La Mancha will take care of that ... Who speaks it that you are really desperate to talk to? The help? Your leaf blower?"

Edna's satirical intent -- poking fun at the haughty attitudes of wealthy Americans who hire low-waged Hispanic domestic workers -- evidently went over the heads of some readers. Many who subsequently complained appeared not to realise that Dame Edna was merely a character and that 'she' was not really a woman. Members of the Hispanic community took the joke out of context, reading it as a deliberately racist remark, and complaints flooded in to the magazine. Hollywood actress Salma Hayek responded angrily, penning a furious letter in which she denounced Dame Edna. Death threats were even received and Vanity Fair was eventually forced to publish a full-page apology to the Hispanic community. This article is about the fictional character and novel. ... CD may stand for: Compact Disc Canadian Forces Decoration Cash Dispenser (at least used in Japan) CD LPMud Driver Centrum-Demokraterne (Centre Democrats of Denmark) Certificate of Deposit České Dráhy (Czech Railways) Chad (NATO country code) Chalmers Datorförening (computer club of the Chalmers University of Technology) a 1960s... Man of La Mancha is a 1965 Broadway musical in one act which tells the story of the classic novel Don Quixote as a play within a play, performed by Miguel de Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. ... Hispanic (Spanish: ; Portuguese: ; Latin: , adjective from Hispānia, the Roman name for the Iberian Peninsula) is a term that historically denoted relation to the ancient Hispania and its peoples. ... Salma Hayek Jiménez (born September 2, 1966) is an Academy Award-, Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated Mexican/American actress, Daytime Emmy-winning director, and an Emmy-nominated TV and film producer. ...


Humphries commented later. "If you have to explain satire to someone, you might as well give up." When questioned about the controversy (as Dame Edna) on the eve of her 2003 Australian tour, she retorted that Hayek's denunciation was due to "professional jealousy", and that Hayek was envious because the role of painter Frida Kahlo (for which Hayek received an Oscar nomination) had originally been offered to Edna: Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954) was a Mexican painter, who has achieved great international popularity. ...

"When I was offered the part of Frida I turned it down, and she was the second choice. I said 'I'm not playing the role of a woman with a moustache and a monobrow, and I'm not having same-sex relations on the screen' ... I'm not racist. I love all races, particularly white people. You know, I even like Roman Catholics."

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Other work

Humphries, on jacket of his autobiography My Life As Me: A Memoir
Humphries, on jacket of his autobiography My Life As Me: A Memoir

Humphries is the author of many books including two autobiographies, two novels and a treatise on Chinese drama in the goldfields. He has also written several plays and has made dozens of recordings. His first autobiography More Please won the J.R. Ackerley prize for biography in 1993.

  • Bizarre. Compilation. London: Elek Books, 1965.
  • Barry Humphries' Book of Innocent Austral Verse. Anthology. Melbourne: Sun Books, 1968.
  • Bazza Pulls It Off!: More Adventures of Barry McKenzie. Melbourne: Sun Books, 1971.
  • The Wonderful World of Barry MacKenzie. With Nicholas Garland; a comic strip. London: Private Eye/Andre Deutsch, 1971.
  • Barry McKenzie Holds His Own. Photoplay, with Bruce Beresford. Melbourne: Sun Books, 1974.
  • Dame Edna's Coffee Table Book: A guide to gracious living and the finer things of life by one of the first ladies of world theatre. Compendium. Sydney: Sphere Books, 1976.
  • Les Patterson's Australia. Melbourne: Sun Books, 1978.
  • Bazza Comes Into His Own: The Final Fescennine Farago of Barry McKenzie, Australia's first working-class hero - with learned and scholarly appendices and a new enlarged glossary. With Nicholas Garland. Melbourne, Sun Books, 1979.
  • The Sound of Edna: Dame Edna's Family Songbook. With Nick Rowley. London: Chappell, 1979.
  • A Treasury of Australian Kitsch. Melbourne: Macmillan, 1980.
  • A Nice Night's Entertainment: Sketches and Monologues 1956-1981. A Retrospective. Sydney: Currency Press, 1981.
  • Dame Edna's Bedside Companion. Compendium. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1982.
  • Punch Down Under. London: Robson Books, 1984.
  • The Complete Barry McKenzie. Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1988.
  • Shades of Sandy Stone. Edinburgh, Tragara Press, 1989. Limited edition.
  • My Gorgeous Life. As Edna Everage. London: Macmillan, 1989.
  • More Please. Autobiography. London, New York, Ringwood, Toronto, and Auckland: Viking, 1992.
  • The Life and Death of Sandy Stone. Sydney: Macmillan, 1990.
  • Neglected Poems and Other Creatures. Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1991.
  • Women in the Background. Novel. Port Melbourne: William Heinemann Australia, 1995.
  • Barry Humphries' Flashbacks: The book of the acclaimed TV series. Sydney and London: HarperCollins, 1999.
  • My Life As Me: A Memoir: Autobiography. London: Michael Joseph, 2002.

He has been the subject of three critical and biographical studies:

  • The Real Barry Humphries by Peter Coleman. London: Coronet Books, 1991.
  • Dame Edna Everage and the Rise of Western Civilization: Backstage with Barry Humphries by John Lahr. New York: Farrar Strauss Giroux, 1992.
  • A Portrait of the Artist as Australian: L'Oeuvre Bizarre de Barry Humphries by Paul Matthew St. Pierre. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2004.

John Lahr is an American theater critic and the son of actor Bert Lahr. ...

Awards

  • 1975 - Douglas Wilkie Medal
  • 1982 - Officer of the Order of Australia for "services to theatre" (Queen's Birthday Honours, Australian List)
  • 1993 - J.R. Ackerley prize for his autobiography More, Please
  • 1994 - Honorary Doctorate at Griffith University
  • 1997 - Sir Peter Ustinov Award for Comedy presented at the Banff Television Festival
  • 2000 - Special Tony Award for a live theatrical event at the 55th Annual Tony Awards for Dame Edna: The Royal Tour
  • 2000 - Special Achievement Award by the Outer Critics Circle for The Royal Tour
  • 2000 - Best Play from the National Broadway Theatre Awards for The Royal Tour
  • 2001 - Centenary Medal
  • 2003 - Honorary Doctorate of Law at his alma mater, University of Melbourne
  • 2007 - Commander of the Order of the British Empire for "services to entertainment" (Queen's Birthday Honours, UK List).

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References

  1. ^ O'Sullivan, Mark: The Biggest Mind Bending Event So Far, Music Performance in Sydney 1932 - 1994, Sydney University Honours Thesis, 1994. p. 44
  2. ^ St. Pierre, Paul Matthew: A Portrait of the Artist as an Australian, MQUP, Brisbane, 2004. p. 79

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