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Encyclopedia > Dame Edna Everage
Dame Edna Everage featuring on a billboard at the Myer department store in Melbourne.
Dame Edna Everage featuring on a billboard at the Myer department store in Melbourne.

Dame Edna Everage, is a character played by Australian comedian Barry Humphries. As Dame Edna, Humphries has written several books[1] and hosted various television shows (on which Humphries has also appeared as himself). In 1979, Dame Edna was the subject of a BBC Arena mockumentary: La Dame aux Gladiolas. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... 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... Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is the sixth-largest country in the world, the only country to occupy an entire continent, and the largest in the region of Australasia/Oceania. ... For the documentary about Jerry Seinfeld, see Comedian (film). ... 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, Australias foul-mouthed cultural attaché to Britain. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Arena is a British television documentary series, which has run in occasional seasons on BBC Two, and latterly BBC Four, since 1975, debuting on Wednesday October 1 that year. ... Mockumentary (also known as a pseudo-documentary)[1], a portmanteau of mock and documentary, is a film and TV genre, or a single work of the genre. ...


While Humphries freely states that Dame Edna is a character he plays, Dame Edna consistently denies being a fictional character or drag performer, and refers to Humphries as her "entrepreneur" or manager. Indeed, Dame Edna has frequently said that the thought of a man dressing up as a woman for entertainment purposes is repulsive. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the computer game by Peter Molyneux, see The Entrepreneur. ...

Contents

Fictional biography

According to Dame Edna's autobiography, and to statements she has made, she was born Edna May Beazley in the (then) small rural town of Wagga Wagga, and started her stage career on 19 December 1955 as Mrs. Norm Everage, an "average Australian housewife" from Moonee Ponds, a Melbourne suburb. Dame Edna was born with a sibling, who gave birth to Barry McKenzie. Wagga Wagga New South Wales, Australia, lies on the Murrumbidgee River and is that states largest inland city as well as being an important agricultural, military, educational and transport hub. ... is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Moonee Ponds is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ... 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). ... 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. ...


She is easily recognisable for her lilac-coloured hair (which she claims is natural) and over-the-top eyeglasses. Lilac is a color that is a pale shade of violet. ...


She spends her time visiting world leaders and jet-setting between her homes in Los Angeles, London, Sydney, Switzerland and Martha's Vineyard. She is a friend and confidante of the Queen. Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... This article is about the metropolitan area in Australia. ... Map of Marthas Vineyard. ... Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor; born 21 April 1926) is Queen of sixteen sovereign states, holding each crown and title equally. ...


Like Humphries, Dame Edna has four adult children: two daughters, Valmai (who assisted Dame Edna on her most recent programme for ITV1, The Dame Edna Treatment) and Lois. Her two sons are Bruce, who is married to Joylene, and her youngest child is Kenneth (or Kenny), who, when described by Dame Edna, comes across as a caricature of a gay man. Dame Edna shows no awareness of his homosexuality, despite often referring to his 'partner', Clifford Smale. Dame Edna's mother is incarcerated in a "maximum-security twilight home for the bewildered". Valmai is the only family member (as of yet) to be seen. Her husband, Sir Norman Everage, died in 1988 after many years in hospital suffering from prostate problems and a "testicular murmur". ITV1 is the name, in England, Wales and the Scottish borders, for a terrestrial, free-to-air television channel, broadcast in the United Kingdom by the ITV network. ... The Dame Edna Treatment is a British talk show starring Barry Humphries as Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson. ... For the book of comics by Daniel Clowes, see Caricature (Daniel Clowes collection). ... GAY can mean: Gay, a term referring to homosexual men or women The IATA code for Gaya Airport Category: ...


Besides these family members, her elderly "bridesmaid" Madge Allsop (played by Emily Perry), a New Zealander from Palmerston North, is often present during Dame Edna's appearances and television shows. Madge never speaks a word, though she is often the butt of Dame Edna's jokes. Emily Perry (born June 28, 1907 in Torquay, Devon, England, UK) is an actress. ... Palmerston North (Māori: ) is the main city of the Manawatu-Wanganui region of the North Island of New Zealand. ...


Dame Edna is praised for her insights into her homeland. When asked why Australians are so good at sport she commented "Good food and diet; open air life; juicy steaks; sunshine — and the total absence of any kind of intellectual distraction." Literati redirects here. ...


Honours

On 7 March 2007 her home town (Melbourne) re-named a city street in her honour: Dame Edna Place[1], formerly Brown Alley off Lonsdale Street, was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, John So. Dame Edna Place is opposite Royal Arcade and The Causeway, between the major roads, Elizabeth Street and Swanston Street; it was, until its renaming, a service alley for adjoining buildings. Dame Edna was not at the renaming ceremony, but was represented by 10 look-alike Dames. is the 66th day of the year (67th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... The City of Melbournes coat of arms The central business district of Melbourne, viewed from the north Alternate meanings: Melbourne (disambiguation) Melbourne is the capital and largest city of the state of Victoria, and the second largest city in Australia, with a population of 52,117 in the Central... Councillor Patrick (Pat) John Stannard, Lord Mayor of Oxford (2004). ... Dr. John Chun Sai So JP (Traditional Chinese: 蘇震西, pinyin: Sū Zhèn Xī; born 2 October 1946 in Hong Kong) is the Lord Mayor of City of Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, Australia. ...


On 16 June 2007, Dame Edna's alter-ego Barry Humphries became a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to entertainment.[2] is the 167th day of the year (168th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions, in order of seniority: Knight or Dame Grand Cross...

Performances

The Edna Everage character first appeared in a Melbourne comedy revue in 1955. At this time she was "Mrs Norm Everage". An interview with Mrs Everage was one of the programmes screened on HSV-7's first day of programming in 1956. 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). ... HSV-7, commonly known as Seven Melbourne, is a television station in Melbourne, Australia. ...


Her overseas debut, now as Edna Everage, was in the early 1960s at comedian Peter Cook's nightclub, The Establishment, in London's West End, where she received a poor review from Bamber Gascoigne, then the drama critic for The Spectator. Barry Humphries cites Peter Cook as being instrumental in launching Edna's UK career. For other persons named Peter Cook, see Peter Cook (disambiguation). ... 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. ... Bamber Gascoigne (born 1935) is a British television presenter and author. ... Cover of the Nov 12, 2005 issue of The Spectator magazine. ... For other persons named Peter Cook, see Peter Cook (disambiguation). ...


In 1972, she appeared as Barry McKenzie's "Aunt Edna" in the film, The Adventures of Barry McKenzie and its sequel Barry McKenzie Holds His Own. It was during this time that she was "knighted" by then Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, becoming "Dame Edna". Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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. ... The Adventures of Barry McKenzie is a 1972 Australian film starring Barry Crocker, telling the story of an Australian yobbo on his travels to the United Kingdom. ... Barry McKenzie Holds His Own is the 1974 sequel to the 1972 Australian comedy film The Adventures of Barry McKenzie. ... 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. ...


Edna makes a brief cameo appearance in the 1978 film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Dame Edna became notable in the UK throughout the 1980s and early 1990s for her semi-regular television shows. She became popular with broadcaster ITV after her performance on the first An Audience With... in 1980. She was later given her own weekly shows such as The Dame Edna Experience in 1987 and Dame Edna's Neighbourhood Watch in 1992, in which she and her silent, sour-faced "bridesmaid", Madge (see below), had a look at people's houses. Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Sgt. ... The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a country in western Europe, and member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the G8, the European Union, and NATO. Usually known simply as the United Kingdom, the UK, or (inaccurately) as Great Britain or Britain, the UK has four constituent... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... An Audience with. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... 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). ... This article is about the year 1987. ... Dame Ednas Neighbourhood Watch was a 1992 comic game show. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ...


In 2000 and 2004, Dame Edna appeared on Broadway. These were ostensibly not "performances", but rather "appearances", with Dame Edna giving monologues and interacting with audience members. For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ...


During 2001 and 2002, Dame Edna appeared in the fifth season of the television show Ally McBeal playing the guest role of Claire Otoms, a client of the show's law firm who later became a secretary at the same firm. The character shared Dame Edna's voice and style and was explicitly listed in the opening credits as being played by Dame Edna Everage (although Barry Humphries received a credit in the closing credits). Claire Otoms is an anagram of "A Sitcom Role". For the character, see Ally McBeal (character). ... For the game, see Anagrams. ...


Dame Edna appeared at the Queen's Golden Jubilee Concert (often referred to as the "Party in the Park") in London in 2002, where she referred to the Queen as the "jubilee girl". She also featured at the Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games 2006 in Melbourne, Australia. During her act she sang a song containing her thoughts on Melbourne and Australia in general. More recently (20 May 2006) she appeared on ITV's coverage of The Prince's Trust annual fundraiser. She took part in a Blind Date themed skit, picking Chico Slimani over Roger Moore and Richard E Grant. Part of the ceremony of the Changing of the Guard in Whitehall, London. ... The 2006 Commonwealth Games were held in Melbourne, Australia between March 15 and March 26. ... is the 140th day of the year (141st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... The Princes Trust is a UK based charity headed by HRH The Prince of Wales. ... Blind Date was a British dating game show produced by ITV contractor London Weekend Television. ... Yousseph Slimani (born April 2, 1971), known as Chico, is a British pop singer of Moroccan descent who rose to prominence in the United Kingdom after reaching the quarter-finals of the 2005 series of the talent show The X Factor. ... For other persons named Roger Moore, see Roger Moore (disambiguation). ... Richard E. Grant (born Richard Grant Esterhuysen on May 5, 1957) is a British actor, born in Mbabane, Swaziland. ...


In the summer of 2006, Dame Edna appeared on Jay Leno's Tonight Show alongside Billy Crystal. On 23 September 2006, during an interview on Parkinson, she revealed that she would be returning to ITV in 2007 with a new chat show, The Dame Edna Treatment. The show began on Saturday 17 March 2007, with the set-up being that Edna runs a health spa where various famous guests come for treatment. James Douglas Muir Jay Leno (April 28, 1950) is an Emmy Award-winning American stand-up comedian and television host, who succeeded Johnny Carson as host of The Tonight Show in 1992. ... May 26, 2006 opening monologue of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is an Emmy Award-winning American late-night talk show hosted by comedian Jay Leno on NBC. It premiered on May 25, 1992, succeeding The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. ... For the American political commentator, see William Kristol. ... is the 266th day of the year (267th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Parkinson is a British television chat show presented by Michael Parkinson. ... 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. ... is the 76th day of the year (77th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


On Wednesday 17 December 2006, Dame Edna appeared as a guest panelist on the ABC TV Show Spicks and Specks where she sang with presenter Adam Hills. December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Australian Broadcasting Corporation or ABC is Australias national non-profit public broadcaster. ... The Spicks and Specks set This article is about the Australian TV show. ... Adam Hills (born in Sydney in 1970) is an Australian comedian. ...


On Sunday 16 December 2007 she appeared as the final guest on the final episode of the Parkinson UK talk show. is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Parkinson is a British television chat show presented by Michael Parkinson. ...


Controversy

In 2003, Vanity Fair magazine invited Dame Edna to write a satirical advice column; a piece published in the February issue created a storm of controversy when Dame Edna, in a reply to a reader who asked if she should learn Spanish, wrote: 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. ... 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. ...

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? 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. ...

The 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. Some members of the Hispanic community read the joke 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. 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 award-winning Mexican-American actress, director, and television and film producer. ...


Humphries commented later: "If you have to explain satire to someone, you might as well give up." When Dame Edna was questioned about the controversy 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.

Madge Allsop

Madge Allsop, Dame Edna's former sidekick and silent foil was played from 1987 by Emily Perry. Madge was only known to speak on one occasion, when she sang and danced on a special Comic Relief sketch in the UK. When Christiaan Barnard performed a face lift for Madge on The Dame Edna Experience, after the surgery, Madge was played briefly by Anne Charleston. Madge appeared with Dame Edna on Dame Edna's Hollywood, Dame Edna's Neighbourhood Watch, The Dame Edna Experience, and The Dame Edna Satellite Experience. Perry died 20th February 2008, at the age of 100. Emily Perry (born June 28, 1907 in Torquay, Devon, England, UK) is an actress. ... Christiaan Neethling Barnard (November 8, 1922 – September 2, 2001) was a South African cardiac surgeon, famous for performing the worlds first successful human-to-human heart transplant. ... Anne Charleston (born in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian actress who is currently based in Galway, Ireland and the UK. She is probably most famous for her role as Madge Bishop in the internationally popular Australian soap opera Neighbours. ...


Quotes

"This double chin was grafted onto me, in Brazil, it belonged to Elizabeth Taylor, it was her left love handle."


"In Australia, our houses aren't all joined together like yours to stop them from falling over."


References

  1. ^ Melbourne alley named after Dame Edna (ABC Online) accessed 7 March 2007
  2. ^ News.com.au Dame Edna wins Queen's award.

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