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"Effie" is an outrageous comedic character played by Australian actress Mary Coustas. Coustas depicts a stereotypical second-generation Greek Australian. Mary Coustas is a television personality from Australia. ... A Greek-Australian is a Greek living in Australia, it includes those Greeks with Australian citizenship and also permanent residents it does not necessarily include those of Greek descent whereby many generations of such have been absorbed into common Australian culture. ...

The character originated in the 1980s comedy program Acropolis Now. Since then, the character has appeared on a number of television commercials (most recently for AAPT) and Coustas hosted a talk show called Greeks On The Roof (based on the British series The Kumars at No. 42) in character with other actors playing her family. Acropolis Now was an Australian sitcom set in a wog bar of the same name that ran from 1989 to 1992. ... AAPT is an Australian telecommunications company owned by Telecom New Zealand Limited. ... 2003 promo of the show on the Seven Network Greeks On The Roof was a, Melbourne-made Australian TV talk show that ran for 9 weeks on the Seven Network in 2003. ... The Kumars at No. ...

One of Effie's catchphrases was "How embarrassment!" in response to any situation where embarrassment potentially presented itself. Coustas was reported to have received many death threats because of her creation of Effie, with good reason, although this has not been substantiated.

In 1992, Effie released a novelty single: a duet with another fictional character, Garry McDonald's Norman Gunston, recording their version of Andrew Lloyd-Webber's "Amigos Para Siempre", the official song of the 1992 Summer Olympics (originally performed by Sarah Brightman and José Carreras). The single reached the Top 20 chart in Australia. A novelty song is a usually intentionally humorous song, usually in published or recorded form. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Norman Gunston was a satirical character created by the Australian comic actor Garry McDonald. ... Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (born March 22, 1948) is a highly successful British composer of musical theatre. ... The 1992 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXV Olympiad, were held in 1992 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. ... Sarah Brightman in La Luna: Live in Concert (2001) Sarah Brightman (born 14 August 1960) is an English soprano and actress. ... José Carreras The Catalan tenor Josep Carreras (born December 5, 1946) is a famous Spanish opera singer much admired for his Verdi and Puccini roles. ...

Coustas wrote a book based on the character: Effie’s Guide to Being Up Yourself (ISBN 0733617611), published in September 2003 by Mark McLeod Books.

External links

  • Official Effie website



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