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Graham Kennedy

Born February 15, 1934
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died May 25, 2005
Bowral, New South Wales, Australia

Graham Cyril Kennedy, AO (15 February 193425 May 2005) was an Australian radio, television and film performer, often called "The King" of Australian television. Image File history File links Graham_Kennedy_This_Day_Tonight_1970_ABC_interview. ... is the 46th 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. ... 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... is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bowral Station Bowral is a town located in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, in Wingecarribee Shire. ... Insignia of a Companion of the Order of Australia. ... is the 46th 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. ... is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “Moving picture” redirects here. ... Australian television Black and white television began in Australia in between 1955 and 1957, with colour television being introduced generally to the country in 1975 to 1976, in time for the Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada. ...

Contents

Early life

Childhood

Kennedy was born in Camden Street, East Melbourne[1] to Graham Cyril Kennedy and Mary Austen Kennedy (nee Scott). His mother, who was 18 years old at the time of his birth,[2] was employed at a local picture theatre. His father worked variously as an engineer and handyman, mowed lawns and washed cars, and in 1939 joined the RAAF as an air gunner.[3] East Melbourne is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ... The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is the Air Force branch of the Australian Defence Force. ...


His first home was a "small, crowded duplex" at 32 Nelson Street, Balaclava. A 20 cm diameter plaque was placed on the property by the City of Port Phillip, coincidentally in the week of Kennedy's death.[4] Balaclava is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, in Australia. ... Mayor/President Cr BOLITHO, Janet CEO Mr SPOKES, David Electoral Divisions WARDS (Alma, Albert Park, Blessington, Emerald Hill, Ormond, Sandridge, St Kilda) Councillors Cr RAY, Darren, Cr KLEPNER, Judith, Cr GROSS, Dick, Cr LOGAN, Peter, Cr CRIBBES, Janet, Cr BOLITHO, Janet, Cr SAIT, Karen. ...


When Kennedy was two years old, his parents moved to Carlisle Street, St. Kilda for two years.[5] This article is about the Scottish island of Saint Kilda. ...


His parents divorced shortly before World War II, and Kennedy was largely raised by his grandparents, "Pop" Kennedy (who had been an electrician at Melbourne's Tivoli, Royal and Bijou theatres)[6] and "Grandma Scott", to whom he remained particularly close until her death.


Kennedy later said that he had:

"often wished his mother and father had never married. 'I wasn't enamoured of either of them [...] they betrayed me [...] divorce is not too much fun for a little nine-year-old [...]"[7]

After Kennedy's death, an article in The Bulletin by his friend and colleague John Mangos recorded that: The Bulletin is an Australian weekly magazine, which has been published in Sydney since 1880. ...

... he would sometimes talk about the violent arguments between his parents, how he gravitated to his grandmother's bosom, his two uncles ("one fought the Germans, the other fought the Japs") and how one of them took liberties with the boy. Graham never resented him, claiming he equated it with affection.[citation needed]

Education

Kennedy was educated firstly at Euston College (which no longer exists)[8] on the corner of Chapel and Carlisle Streets, secondly at Caulfield North Central School (now Caulfield Junior College) and finally at Melbourne High School,South Yarra. He had hoped to go to Wesley College, Melbourne,[citation needed] but stated on radio that his father had absconded with the money set aside for this purpose.[citation needed] Melbourne High School is a selective state school for boys in years 9 to 12 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ... South Yarra is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ... Wesley College is an independent, co-educational, day school, located at St Kilda Road, Glen Waverley, Elsternwick & Clunes, in the city of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ...


In 1977, Kennedy chaired a project to raise funds for improvements at Melbourne High which raised more than $100,000 in its first year.[9]


After school

During a school break in 1949, Kennedy worked in an uncle's hairdressing shop in Collins Street, where he met clients who worked in the same building for the Radio Australia shortwave service of the Australian Broadcasting Commission. He was offered, and accepted, a job as a news runner from Collins Street to the ABC studios in Lonsdale Street. Shortly thereafter he went to radio station 3UZ, working in the record library.[10] ABC Radio Australia is the international shortwave radio service operated by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australias public broadcaster. ... The ABC or Australian Broadcasting Corporation is the national, Australia. ... 3UZ trading as Radio Sport 927 situated in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, is Melbournes oldest commercial radio station. ...


Radio career

3UZ and Nicky

Melbourne's top commercial radio personality was 'Nicky' — Clifford Nicholls (real name Clifford Nicholls Whitta). A radio performer since 1932, he presented a popular housewife's programme, as well as "Chatterbox Corner" with his wife Nancy Lee (Kathleen Lindgren).


In an era when Australian radio announcers routinely adopted false British accents and a "hard sell" approach to advertisements, his authentic Australian voice and irreverent attitude towards his sponsors made him the idol of his audience. By the early 1950s a newspaper survey found that more than 70% of Melbourne housewives tuned in to his show.[citation needed]


In his foreword to Nancy Lee's book Being a Chum Was Fun (1979) Kennedy wrote:

About forty years ago, when I was a snow haired six year old, I can remember being totally captivated by a grown man pretending to be a naughty little boy on 3AW's children session called "Chatterbox Corner". His name was Clifford Whitta, and he was to become the most important man in my life. Years later I was even more fascinated with this man when he conducted a breakfast program and let the boy who played his records actually talk on the air with him.[11] 3AW is a radio station in Melbourne, Australia on 693KHz AM. It began transmission in February 1932 as Melbournes fifth commercial radio station. ...

Nicholls moved from 3KZ to 3UZ (where Kennedy was working), bringing with him his teenage panel operators Alf "Alfie Boy" Thesinger and Russell Archer. However, eighteen-year-olds, Thesinger and Archer were "called up" (conscripted) for National Service. Nancy Lee's book records: Welcome at dead of night. ... 3UZ trading as Radio Sport 927 situated in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, is Melbournes oldest commercial radio station. ...

I asked Nicky, "Have you decided on anyone to help you in the session yet?" When I heard the chosen one was to be young Graham, I was surprised. "Oh, no, not Graham! [...] he's a nice boy, but he can't talk." Nick said, "Mum, leave him to me."[12]

Nicky became father-figure, personal friend and mentor to Kennedy, and the two built an extraordinary on-air rapport. Kennedy wrote:

Being straight man to one of the greatest entertainers of our time was not all that easy. We were not always chums. He would spend weeks not talking to me (except on air) for something I had unknowingly said or done. Once he even suspended me from the programme for some trivial matter. [...] I worked with him until his sudden death in 1956. I never stopped being a fan. I did not realize then that I had been prepared for another career on another electrical medium: the most potent communication device of the century.[citation needed]

Nicky died on 8 September 1956. is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Other radio

By May 1957, Kennedy was appearing on television (see below), but also presented a 3AK morning radio programme with Bert Newton in 1961-1962, which later originated from a studio built at Kennedy's home in Olivers Hill, Frankston. 3AK is a former Melbourne talk-back radio and music station, which, in 2003, leased its licence to sports network SEN 1116. ... Albert Watson Bert Newton, AM, MBE, (born 23 July 1938), is an Australian television, radio, film, stage performer and author. ... Olivers Hill is a locality in the City of Frankston, Victoria, Australia. ... Frankston is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ...


In 1970 he worked at 3XY; from June to December 1975 he appeared on a 3LO drivetime program with Richard Combe; from September to November 1976 was on 3DB with Denis Scanlan; in 1977 he returned to DB to cover the Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II live from London. 3EE began in 1992 although it was originally the legendary radio station 3XY which began transmission in 1935. ... The 3LO radio station began transmission in October 1924 as Melbournes second radio station, behind 3AR. The callsign LO was taken from a London radio station, 2LO. In 1932, 3LO and 3AR were among the first twelve radio stations to come under the ABC. Then in 1942, 3LO and... The term 3DB may refer to In signal processing applications, the cutoff frequency in filters, above or below which the output signal is attenuated by more than 3dB A commercial radio station called Mix 101. ... Elizabeth IIs Silver Jubilee and her domestic and international visits proved very popular with her subjects. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


RS Playhouse

Kennedy recorded eight thirty-minute radio comedies for the ABC under the title Graham Kennedy's RS Playhouse. Written by Gary Reilly and Tony Sattler (who together wrote the television programs Kingswood Country and The Naked Vicar Show), the shows were broadcast between 11 August and 23 September 1979. Gary Reilly is an Australian television producer and writer, most famous for his work on a variety of comedy series such as The Naked Vicar Show, Kingswood Country, Hey Dad. ... Kingswood Country was an Australian sitcom that screened from 1980 to 1984. ... The Naked Vicar Show was a satirical Australian television series. ... is the 223rd day of the year (224th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 266th day of the year (267th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ...


The episode titles were:

  • "The Birthday Boy"
  • "Because He's My Brother"
  • "You Only Live Once"
  • "Sunday Morning Fever"
  • "The Chocolate Milkman"
  • "The Prawnbroker"
  • "Mad Jack's Dentist"
  • "The Good Morning Show"

Sattler and his wife (actress Noeline Brown) were two of Kennedy's closest friends. Noeline Brown is an Australian actress. ...


2Day FM

In 1980 Kennedy became a ten percent shareholder in Sydney radio station 2Day FM and from 24 May 1981 presented a computer-edited, three-hour Sunday morning program of music and comedy.[13] The Sydney Opera House on Sydney Harbour Sydney (pronounced ) is the most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of approximately 4. ... Not to be mixed up with Today FM in Ireland. ... is the 144th day of the year (145th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ...


Television career

Kennedy's first television appearance was in March 1957, representing 3UZ on a GTV-9 Red Cross telethon. Viewing his performance on the monitors, GTV-9's general manager Colin Bednall and producer Norman Spencer "... turned to one another without exchanging a word and shook hands."[citation needed] GTV-9 is the Melbourne, Australia station in the Nine television network and was one of the first two commercial TV stations in Melbourne. ... The Anarchist Black Cross was originally called the Anarchist Red Cross. The band Redd Kross was originally called Red Cross. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... The 2005 Telethon on Seven Perth. ...


In Melbourne Tonight (IMT)

Main article: In Melbourne Tonight

Bednall and Spencer defied both the GTV-9 boardroom and the first sponsor (Philips) by choosing Kennedy, who began on a salary of 30 pounds for five one-hour evening shows per week to be called In Melbourne Tonight (or IMT) which began on 6 May 1957. Thus the 23-year old Kennedy began a career of which he was later to say that he was "terrified for forty years".[citation needed] In Melbourne Tonight, otherwise known as IMT, was a variety and interview television show produced at GTV-9 Melbourne from 1957 to 1970. ... In Melbourne Tonight, otherwise known as IMT, was a variety and interview television show produced at GTV-9 Melbourne from 1957 to 1970. ... is the 126th day of the year (127th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ...


Kennedy was not GTV-9's first choice — they had planned to use either 3UZ personality John McMahon or 3DB's Dick Cranbourne. The programme's name had been intended to be The Late Show, but rival station HSV-7 beat them to that title by one week. The Best Bits of The Late Show: Champagne Edition (DVD) The Late Show was a popular Australian comedy show, which ran for two seasons on the ABC from 18 July 1992 to 30 October 1993. ... HSV-7, commonly known as Seven Melbourne, is a television station in Melbourne, Australia. ...

Graham Kennedy (left) and Bert Newton (right) in their Melbourne-based evening show, In Melbourne Tonight
Graham Kennedy (left) and Bert Newton (right) in their Melbourne-based evening show, In Melbourne Tonight

IMT was devised as a copy of the American 'Tonight Show' format, with the host presiding over sketches, introducing star artists and reading advertisements live. His colleague Bert Newton records in his autobiography:[14] This is a screenshot of a copyrighted movie or television program. ... This is a screenshot of a copyrighted movie or television program. ... Albert Watson Bert Newton, AM, MBE, (born 23 July 1938), is an Australian television, radio, film, stage performer and author. ...

"(Norman) Spencer was the mastermind of IMT; don't let anyone forget that. Nothing happened on IMT that Norm did not approve personally [...] Norman Spencer chose Graham Kennedy as compere; Norm kept his eye on the show from day to day; he pushed the buttons from the control room which put the TV shots into viewers' homes at night; he added the talent around Graham and he set up the organisation.
Don Lane and Graham Kennedy split-screen in 1965
Don Lane and Graham Kennedy split-screen in 1965

On July 7, 1965 Kennedy appeared on a then-innovative live split-screen link with Don Lane, the American-born host of Sydney Tonight, via the recently completed co-axial cable linking Melbourne and Sydney. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... Don Lane (born Morton Donald Isaacson c. ...


Kennedy ruled supreme as host of IMT and Australia's most popular TV personality for thirteen years. With Bert Newton, he worked with a talented on-camera team such as Joff Ellen, Rosie Sturgess, Patti Newton, Philip Brady and others. IMT's writers included Mike McColl-Jones and Ernie Carroll (the arm and voice behind Ossie Ostrich). The theme song, "Gee, But You're Swell", was written by Abel Baer and Thomas Tobias in 1936. Joff Ellen (20/5/15 30/12/99) was an Australian entertainer,actor and comedian. ... Patti Newton is an Australian performer and television presenter. ... Philip Brady is an Australian media personality. ... Mike McColl-Jones is a veteran comedy writer for Australian television. ... Ernie Carroll (born 1929) is an Australian entertainer and television personality most recognised for his role as the man behind Ossie Ostrich on Hey Hey Its Saturday. ... Ossie Ostrich (full name: Oswald Q Ostrich) was a character on the long-running Australian television show Hey Hey Its Saturday. ... Gee, But Youre Swell was written by Abel Baer and Thomas Tobias in 1936, and published by Remick Music Corp. ...


Kennedy quit IMT on December 23, 1969, with newsreader Sir Eric Pearce placing on his head a crown made by the Channel Nine prop department in the style of that worn by Henry IV, symbolising Kennedy's reign as King of Australian television. December 23 is the 357th day of the year (358th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... A young Eric Pearce Sir Eric Pearce, OBE (born March 5, 1905 in England, died April 12, 1997 in Melbourne) was a broadcaster and television pioneer in Australia. ... Henry IV (3 April 1367 – 20 March 1413) was the King of England and France and Lord of Ireland from 1399 to 1413. ...


In 2007, the crown (which a private collector had recognised at a junk store, and purchased for $5) was auctioned for more than $17,000 to a producer of the Seven Network's Sunrise programme.[15] For the British television program, see Sunrise (UK TV series). ...


Comedic style

Kennedy deliberately pushed the boundaries of acceptability in a staid era. Inspired by stage comedians such as Roy Rene, his style was bawdy, irreverent, iconoclastic, often smutty, sometimes deliberately camp, and laden with innuendo and double-entendre. He regularly overstepped the boundaries of accepted "good taste", once telling a fan "There are no limits, love, there are no limits."[16] Roy Rene, also known as Harry van der Sluys (b February 15, 1891 d November 22, 1954) was born in Adelaide, South Australia. ... Camp is an aesthetic in which something has appeal because of its bad taste or ironic value. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Journalist Megan Gressor described Kennedy's style as having "... mongrel roots — a hybrid of vaudeville, slapstick and endless suggestiveness, plus a subliminal subversiveness all his own. It seems almost pantomimic to modern eyes, but Kennedy was a product of simpler times. And more complex. His was an act predicated upon repression; naughtiness loses its point in a world without taboos, where anything goes. It wouldn't work today, when people don't just say "fuck" on television, they do it."[17]


Advertisements

Drawing on his radio experience with Nicky (who had routinely "sent up" advertisers), Kennedy transformed the live commercials from what would have otherwise been dull pro-forma obligations into a unique comedic art form. On one famous occasion, a scheduled 20-second ad spot for an aspirin product was spun out into 33 minutes of improvised comedy.


Newton has written:

"The blood would drain from the face of Pelaco shirt-wearing executives in television, advertising and business until they realised that instead of televisual suicide, this skinny little wiseguy was commercial gold. And then they liked his brand of humour a lot."
"A commercial I shared with Graham, Raoul Merton ('of comfort you're certain when you wear Raoul Merton') changed the footwear buying habits of men."[18]

Sam Chisolm

Gerald Stone recounts in his book Compulsive Viewing that a "cocky young salesman" visited the IMT set hoping for an extra plug for his employer's product. The young salesman was Sam Chisholm, later to became a senior executive for variously the Packer and Murdoch media empires. A May 2005 interview with Chisholm records:[19] Gerald Stone is an American-born Australian television and radio journalist, television executive and author. ... Look up packer in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Murdoch can be any of the following: Murdoch, Western Australia—a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, Western Australia Referring to Murdoch University in Western Australia Murdoch the Heavy Goods Engine - a character in the Thomas & Friends stories Notable people whose surname is or was Murdoch include: Iris Murdoch, a British...

Sam Chisholm: I was working for Johnson's wax at the time, and I don't think he believed my ...
Graham Davis: Sales pitch.
Sam Chisholm: Assertions about this product. So I said, "I'll go and polish your floors and prove it to you." Which I did.
Graham Davis: Over at his home?
Sam Chisholm: Absolutely.
Graham Davis: You got down on your hands and knees at his home?
Sam Chisholm: Yep. I started off as his housekeeper and ended up being his boss.

Rover

Kennedy requested a "reject" dog from the Jack Davey Memorial Guide Dog Centre and was given a Labrador Retriever which he named "Rover". Jack Andrew Davey was a New Zealand born star of Australian radio in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. ... The Labrador Retriever (Labrador or Lab for short), is one of several kinds of retriever, and is the most popular breed of dog (by registered ownership) in both the United States and the United Kingdom. ...


Rover was sometimes brought into the studio to assist with advertisements for Pal dog food. One night the dog showed no interest whatsoever in the product, which Kennedy then himself proceeded to eat with apparent relish, straight from the can - or so it seemed.


Rover also achieved television immortality by relieving himself - live to air - upon one of the huge cameras. The studio audience collapsed in hysterics, but the duration and urgency of Rover's impressively hydraulic performance might have led some cynics to question just how impromptu the event really was.


Biographer Blundell quotes Ernie Carroll:

Pal dog food, with Rover [...] was time consuming [...] once we fed him all afternoon so that when he came out to do the commercial he didn't want to touch the Pal dog food. He was already full of it. [...] on another occasion they had him drink before the show, big drinks. So when he came out, he peed all over the camera and all around the set [...] Even those seemingly innocent dog manouevres were carefully planned.

Kennedy was exasperated for decades by questions about "whatever happened to Rover". As late as 1989, on Graham Kennedy's News Hour (see below), he answered a viewer's question couched in exactly those words with the withering reply "... he was a dog. What do you think happened?"


In early June 2005, on the 3AW programme Nightline with Philip Brady and Bruce Mansfield, Patti (McGrath) Newton stated that her father had often looked after Rover when he appeared at GTV-9. It seems that Kennedy had become increasingly irritated with retrieving Rover from the pound and so, when Patti's father's dog died, Rover went on to a long and happy life at the McGrath (senior) household. 3AW is a radio station in Melbourne, Australia on 693KHz AM. It began transmission in February 1932 as Melbournes fifth commercial radio station. ... Bruce Mansfield is a well-known Australian TV veteran. ...


The Graham Kennedy Show

After a special on 2 March 1972, Kennedy returned to regular television with The Graham Kennedy Show on 19 September 1972. is the 61st day of the year (62nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Graham Kennedy finally quit In Melbourne Tonight on December 23, 1969, exhausted, and rested for two years. ... is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The crow call

On the show of March 5, 1975, Kennedy imitated a crow call ("faaaaaark") highly reminiscent of the word "fuck". A rash of newspaper headlines followed, and the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal became involved. This article is about the day. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Australian Broadcasting Authority (commonly called the ABA in Australia) is an agency of the Australian federal government, responsible for regulating the television, radio, and Internet industries. ...


Kennedy was banned from performing on live TV, meaning that he would have to pre-record the show on videotape. Some have claimed that Kennedy either deliberately engineered the crow-call incident so that the show would have to be pre-recorded, allowing him to get home earlier, or that he did it so that Nine would sack him.


A 2002 newspaper article in The Age by writer Jonathan Green reported that the crow-call segment was pre-taped and not live, and that Kennedy may have engineered the resulting controversy. Rival Nine personality Ernie Sigley, who presented his own variety show on different nights to Kennedy, has claimed the real reason Kennedy was axed was that his ratings were so poor compared to Sigley's.[citation needed] This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Ernie Sigley (born September 2, 1938, in Adelaide, Australia) is a popular Australian television personality characterised for his square-rimmed spectacles, the gap between his front teeth and his riotous slapstick approach to comedy. ...


Criticism of Doug McClelland

At the start of his program on 17 April 1975, Kennedy attacked Senator Doug McClelland, the then Minister for the Media, over local content issues. His comments were edited, and a voiceover recorded by the general manager was inserted saying that Kennedy had made a "cowardly attack on a Labor Minister who was unable to defend himself." is the 107th day of the year (108th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Douglas (Doug) McClelland (b. ...


Kennedy's words (which never made it to air in their entirety) were:

Good evening.
Little serious bit to start with: Senator Douglas McClelland, ahh, is really copping it in the press at the moment. All this week, every paper you pick up, there's a, there's a roast of the Senator.
And like most Australians, I hate to kick a man when he's down.
(audience laughter)
But in Doug McClelland's case, I happily make an exception.
(audience laughter)
He has failed, and he knows it too. Now, the public know it.
This misguided Minister took credit for a mythical boom in television production. Now, there is no boom.
Employment in television production is down this year, by over 30 percent, and that's a fact.
His point system has proved utterly ineffective, and I wonder if you can remember who that little blond-headed fellow was, who works on television, who originally pointed out that it wouldn't work.
(audience: Graham!)
That's right.
(audience laughter)
We are all suffering from the lack of local content at the moment. I'm being trashed in the surveys because constantly being thrown at, up against me are shows like the Academy Awards, and cheap television series, all purchased for a few hundred dollars from the Yanks.
Now some of these - when I say a few hundred dollars, by the time it's amortised over the network, that's how much the program costs. Now we can't compete, umm, with the price of these shows.
We cannot: this is a, what is this, a six thousand dollar a night ... uhh, we can play Mrs. Miniver for, err, ninepence.
(audience laughter)
It's beneath my dignity to even go into the laughable and inane carryings-on of the Australian Broadcasting Control Board which the good Minister of the Crown, Senator Douglas McClelland, is in charge of, but I know I can speak for a lot of my colleagues in this industry, and several other industries in the entertainment field, when I demand, here, tonight, nationally, that Senator McClelland be dismissed from office; and I would suggest most strongly that the portfol ... the portfolio itself be dropped.
That's all I want to say.

Kennedy parted company with the Nine Network, but later returned (see below).


Power Without Glory

Kennedy appeared as Clive Parker in an episode of the 26-part ABC drama Power Without Glory, which began on 21 June 1976. Power Without Glory is a 1950 novel written by left-wing Australian writer Frank Hardy. ... is the 172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Blankety Blanks

He returned to television in 1977 for what is now Network Ten to host a comedy game show, Blankety Blanks. It dominated early evening television for two years between 7 February 1977 and 15 September 1978, and featured friends from his earlier days including Noeline Brown, Barry Creyton, Noel Ferrier, Ugly Dave Gray, Carol Raye and Stuart Wagstaff. Network Ten, or Channel Ten, is one of Australias three commercial television networks, available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth in Australia. ... Blankety Blanks was a popular Australian game show hosted by Graham Kennedy on Network Ten. ... is the 38th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Noeline Brown is an Australian actress. ... Barry Creyton (born 1939 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) is an Australian actor and playwright. ... Ugly Dave Gray, with Noeline Brown. ... Carol Raye (born Kathleen Mary Corkery 17 January 1923, London, England) is an Australian-based theatre and television actor and comedian. ... Stuart Wagstaff (born February 13, 1925 in Great Dunford, Wiltshire, England, UK) is an iconic Australian television and stage entertainer. ...


In 1979, "The King" became King of Moomba complete with his famous motorised desk, he was the second Melbourne-born recipient after Newton.[20] For the fictional creature Moomba from the final fantasy series, see http://en. ...


The Blainey View

In 1982 Kennedy provided the voice-over narration for a ten-episode ABC historical documentary The Blainey View.[21]


Graham Kennedy's News Show

Nearly 60, Kennedy accepted an offer from the Nine Network's managing director Sam Chisholm to present Graham Kennedy's News Show from Sydney, to air five nights a week at 10:30 p.m. against Clive Robertson's Newsworld on the Seven Network.[22] Five trial programmes were recorded but never broadcast.[23]


Kennedy initially "pulled the plug" and withdrew from the show but returned (see Harry M. Miller, below). Kennedy's contract stipulated that his co-presenter would be sports commentator Ken Sutcliffe.[24] Ken Sutcliffe is an Australian television personality. ...


Kennedy's writers, who worked from a production cottage at the corner of Scott Street and Artarmon Road included Jim Pike, Tim Evans, Larry Burns, and Ken Stirling. Blundell records:


"They worked in the back room shooting out gags over typewriters and word processors, united in their hatred of the 'The Little Guy' as they also called him."[25]"


The writers also referred to Kennedy as "the little buggle-eyed bastard",[26]. However, they admired his talent. Jim Pike said, ".. I hate him, but he is the best there is".[27]


Kennedy defied convention with remarks which were tasteless, and yet hilarious. He said that it would be helpful for the show's ratings if the Pope's aircraft were to fly into a mountain; remarked that Queen Elizabeth II "didn't have bad breasts ... for a woman of her age" and mocked the October 17, 1989, San Francisco Loma Prieta earthquake with a re-creation on the set. is the 290th day of the year (291st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ...


He also reprised the "Chum Song" from Melbourne radio days, saying that it originated in a 1920s children's newspaper column in Scotland. In Nancy Lee's book Being a Chum Was Fun she writes:[28] Motto (Latin) No one provokes me with impunity Cha togar mfhearg gun dioladh (Scottish Gaelic) Wha daur meddle wi me?(Scots)1 Anthem (Multiple unofficial anthems) Scotlands location in Europe Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official languages English (de facto) Recognised regional languages Gaelic, Scots1 Demonym Scot, Scots...

The Chum Song, I believe, was written and recorded originally by Jack Hilton for a Scottish Newsboys Club.

The lyrics of the chorus are:

Being a chum is fun,
That is why I'm one;
Always smiling, always gay,
Chummy at work,
(and) chummy at play -
Laugh away your worries,
Don't be sad or glum;
And everyone will know that you're a
Chum, chum, chum!

Sutcliffe would "corpse", with tears in his eyes, unable to continue; this became so frequent that Kennedy managed to coin a catchphrase, "I love it when he cries".


Kennedy called Sutcliffe "Two Dogs" after delivering a joke ending with the tag "Why do you ask, Two Dogs Rooting?"


Coast to Coast

On 13 February 1989 the show became Coast to Coast, with Nine journalist John Mangos replacing Sutcliffe[384], and ran until 8 December 1989. is the 44th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 342nd day of the year (343rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ...


Harry M. Miller

Kennedy employed Harry M. Miller as his agent. According to biographer Blundell, Kennedy believed that Miller was to donate his commission of $2500 per week to the Wayside Chapel for Kennedy's appearance on Graham Kennedy's News Show.[29] Harry Maurice Miller (born 6 January 1934) is an Australian promoter and publicist. ... The Wayside Chapel was established in Kings Cross in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in 1964. ...


Miller later sued Kennedy for "wrongful termination and for a 20 per cent commission on his 1989 gross earnings."[30] During the court case Miller "painted a picture of his client of twenty years as a late-night drunk in the habit of sending demanding faxes while under the influence."[31] Justice Brownie found against Miller, and ordered him to pay $75,699 and costs.


Graham Kennedy's Funniest Home Videos

Kennedy's last series was Graham Kennedy's Funniest Home Videos which was broadcast between 29 March and 15 November 1990 on the Nine Network. Australias Funniest Home Video Show (originally Graham Kennedys Funniest Home Videos) is the name of an Australian television show on the Nine Network that presents home videos sent in by viewers. ... is the 88th day of the year (89th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ...


35 Years of Television

Kennedy presented the introduction segment to the Nine Network special 35 Years of Television in 1991. The segment covered the very early days of television variety including his own In Melbourne Tonight. The Nine Network, or Channel Nine, is an Australian television network based in Willoughby, a suburb on the North Shore of Sydney. ...


Last television appearance

He was interviewed by Ray Martin in 1994 in "celebration of his 60th birthday", later stating that he felt "ambushed" by Martin's probing into personal matters.[citation needed] This was to be his final television appearance. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Hall of Fame Logie

In 1998 Kennedy was honoured with a Hall of Fame Logie Award. He did not attend the ceremony; the award was accepted on his behalf by Bert Newton. Over his life Kennedy collected many Logies (an award which Kennedy himself had named), including 6 Gold Logies (1959, 1960, 1967, 1969, 1974, 1978) and 1 Special Logie - the Star of the Decade in 1967. In 1984, TV Week initiated the Hall of Fame Logie - an industry-voted category awarded to recognise the outstanding contribution of individuals to the Australian television industry. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Gold Logie Award is presented to the Most Popular Personality on Australian Television. ...


Film career

Kennedy appeared in a number of films, ranging from brief cameos to leading roles. They include:

He also had a cameo in On the Beach (1959) which was not used.[32] Poster for Theyre a Weird Mob. ... The Box was a popular Australian soap opera than ran on Network Ten from 1974 until 1977. ... Dons Party is a 1971 Australian play set during the 1969 Australian federal election. ... The Odd Angry Shot is an Australian war comedy film based on Australian soldiers and their experiences during the Vietnam War. ... The Club is a play by Australian playwright David Williamson, that follows the fortunes of a football club over the course of a season. ... The Return Of Captain Invincible (also known as Legend in Leotards) is a 1983 comedy and fantasy film starring Alan Arkin and Christopher Lee. ... The Killing Fields (1984) is an award-winning dramatic British film based on the experiences of the journalists Dith Pran, who survived the Khmer Rouge regime, Sydney Schanberg, and Jon Swain. ... On the Beach is a post-apocalyptic end-of-the-world novel written by British author Nevil Shute after he had emigrated to Australia. ...


Private life

Kennedy never married. In the 1960s Bob Dyer described him as "probably the loneliest young man in Australia."[33]


In 1973 Melbourne newspapers reported that Kennedy was engaged to 28-year-old American singer Lana Cantrell (born August 7, 1943), who became a successful New York lawyer. is the 219th day of the year (220th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Many years later, Kennedy wrote to a newspaper that a photographer, taking pictures of Ms. Cantrell and him leaving a restaurant together asked if he could "hint at a romance". The following Sunday a poster proclaimed "GRAHAM AND LANA TO WED".[34]


In his 2006 book King and I: My Life With Graham Kennedy broadcaster Rob Astbury stated that he and Kennedy had been lovers. Kennedy is portrayed as a closet homosexual in the 2007 biopic The King.[35] Rob Astbury is a former Australian television sports journalist who was once Australias highest paid TV sports presenter and is more recently famous for being the ex-lover of variety show legend Graham Kennedy. ... The King: The Story of Graham Kennedy is an Australian television movie examining the life of entertainer Graham Kennedy. ...


Retirement

In 1991 Kennedy retired to a rural property at Canyonleigh, near Bowral in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, near to his friends Tony Sattler and Noeline Brown, where his two best friends were two Clydesdale horses named Dave and Sarah, and Henry, a Golden Retriever. Bowral is where i live. ... Slogan or Nickname: First State, Premier State Motto(s): Orta Recens Quam Pura Nites (Newly Risen, How Brightly You Shine) Other Australian states and territories Capital Sydney Government Constitutional monarchy Governor Professor Marie Bashir Premier Morris Iemma (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 50  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2004... Noeline Brown is an Australian actress. ... Clydesdale (Dail Chluaidh in Scottish Gaelic) was formerly (1975-96) a local government district in the Strathclyde Region of Scotland. ... The Golden Retriever is a popular breed of dog, originally developed to retrieve shot game during hunting. ...


Ill-health

Kennedy's health declined during the 1990s. He was diabetic, and a heavy smoker and drinker. Throughout his illnesses, his friends Tony Sattler and Noeline Brown rallied to his aid. This article is about the disease that features high blood sugar. ...


On 18 December 2001 his housekeeper found him unconscious and dehydrated. Sattler said "Between the diabetes and the booze, there's not much left of him", adding that the death of Kennedy's dog Henry was "the final trigger".[36] is the 352nd day of the year (353rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...


On 14 June 2002 Kennedy was found unconscious at home, at the foot of the stairs at his home, suffering a broken leg and skull with suspected brain damage.[37] June 14 is the 165th day of the year (166th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


His Canyonleigh property was sold, and he moved into a townhouse and later a nursing home.


Benefactor

Despite a career of high earnings, press reports said that his financial situation was, while not disastrous, insufficient to fund his ongoing care. Having made millions for the Packer family interests, he believed that "the Packers will always look after me".


According to Graeme Blundell's biography, Tony Sattler: Graeme Blundell (b. ...

[...]spent several days ringing Kerry Packer's office [...] Nursing was going to cost $3000 a week. 'We could cope for several years but not longer. [...] After three days Di Stone, Mr Packer's personal assistant, called Sattler back: 'Mr Packer has considered his plight. Unfortunately, he is unable to assist.'
[...] Sattler received a phone call from [...] an 'unnamed businessman' — [...] ten minutes later there was a call from Graham's bank to tell Sattler that $150,000 dollars had been deposited in the ailing comedian's account.[38]

It is now known that the benefactor was Sam Chisholm.


However, Kennedy's will reportedly left a seven-figure sum to the Sydney City Mission.[39] Mission Australia is a provider of family and community services throughout Australia. ...


Decline

On 2 February 2004, The Daily Telegraph said: is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Daily Telegraph is a tabloid newspaper published in Sydney, New South Wales, by Rupert Murdochs News Corporation. ...

The king of Australian TV Graham Kennedy will celebrate his 70th birthday next weekend with a few close friends. The low-key affair is expected to be at the Kenilworth Nursing Home at Bowral where Kennedy has lived since taking a nasty tumble a few years ago. Physically he's not in terrific shape. He can't walk any more and gets around in a wheelchair as a result of the diabetes and the years of heavy smoking.

Actor Graeme Blundell, who worked with Kennedy on the movies The Odd Angry Shot and Don's Party published a biography of Kennedy, King: The Life and Comedy of Graham Kennedy (McMillan, 2003). Although unauthorised, it was reported that Kennedy gave Blundell, via his agent, "best wishes for the book".[citation needed] The book, which was written before Kennedy's death, ends with "Graham read them [chapters of an early draft] ... asked if he wished to read any more, 'No', Graham Kennedy said. 'I know how it ends.' This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In 2001 Kennedy's friend and Coast to Coast colleague, John Mangos, was reported as saying:[citation needed]

I can say to his beloved fans that they won't see Graham again. He won't appear publicly again; he is in his twilight. He has made a personal decision to disappear quietly into the sunset.

Death

At 4:30am on 25 May 2005, Kennedy died at age 71 at the Kenilworth Nursing Home, Bowral, from complications from pneumonia.[40] is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Pneumonia is an illness of the lungs and respiratory system in which the alveoli (microscopic air-filled sacs of the lung responsible for absorbing oxygen from the atmosphere) become inflamed and flooded with fluid. ...


John Mangos wrote in The Bulletin:[citation needed]

"A week before his 69th birthday, he was bedridden and infirm. His wasted and frail, aching body could take no more. I paid a short and emotional visit. Still, the ashtray was by his bedside next to a radio tuned to ABC Radio National. I leaned over to kiss him on the forehead and he whispered, 'Don’t get too close, it hurts'."

He also wrote:

"I was often asked if he had cancer or AIDS. In fact at 67, he had diabetes, some rheumatism, the odd creaky joint, a healthy capacity to whinge and the usual symptoms connected with smoking and drinking. But by now the horses were gone and the dog had died. He was eating less and drinking more. One night, he fell down the stairs. He was discovered the next morning on the floor by his housekeeper. He was rushed to the local hospital where pneumonia in one lung was treated effectively and efficiently, a fracture near his hip was repaired and he was diagnosed with brain damage. We were to learn he had Korsakoff’s syndrome (an alcohol-related condition) and we decided to keep it private."

Korsakoff's syndrome is a form of amnesia seen in chronic alcoholics; briefly stated, victims eat too little and drink too much. Korsakoffs syndrome (Korsakoffs psychosis, amnesic-confabulatory syndrome), is a degenerative brain disorder caused by the lack of thiamine (vitamin B1) in the brain. ... Amnesia (from Greek ) (see spelling differences) is a condition in which memory is disturbed. ... This article needs cleanup. ...


Hinch controversy

After his death controversial radio broadcaster Derryn Hinch alleged that Kennedy had died from an AIDS-related disease. This was strenuously denied by his friends and carers Noeline Brown and Tony Sattler, and as a result Kennedy's biographer Graeme Blundell then published Kennedy's medical records, including a recent negative HIV test, to disprove this allegation. Hinch fought back saying he didn't say Kennedy had AIDS, but that he was homosexual, had symptoms similar to those of Kaposi's Sarcoma, and died of pneumonia, thus implying Kennedy's death was AIDS-related. Derryn Nigel Hinch (born 9 February 1944) in New Plymouth, New Zealand (now an Australian citizen) is an Australian media personality best known for his work on Melbourne radio. ... Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS or Aids) is a collection of symptoms and infections resulting from the specific damage to the immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). ... Noeline Brown is an Australian actress. ... Species Human immunodeficiency virus 1 Human immunodeficiency virus 2 Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a retrovirus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS, a condition in humans in which the immune system begins to fail, leading to life-threatening opportunistic infections). ... Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... Pneumonia is an illness of the lungs and respiratory system in which the alveoli (microscopic air-filled sacs of the lung responsible for absorbing oxygen from the atmosphere) become inflamed and flooded with fluid. ...


Funeral

Tony Sattler offered the Nine Network the right to televise the funeral but it declined, claiming it could not justify the cost of the outside broadcast. The Seven Network accepted, and gave coverage free of charge to the Nine Network. Hence, the one-hour funeral service was aired simultaneously across both Seven and Nine Networks. The Nine Network, or Channel Nine, is an Australian television network based in Willoughby, a suburb on the North Shore of Sydney. ... The Seven Network is an Australian television network, owned by the Seven Media Group. ...


Stuart Wagstaff presented the funeral, which was attended by many of Kennedy's friends, colleagues and associates on the morning of May 31, 2005 in a small community theatre in the town of Mittagong. Stuart Wagstaff (born February 13, 1925 in Great Dunford, Wiltshire, England, UK) is an iconic Australian television and stage entertainer. ... is the 151st day of the year (152nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mittagong is a small town with a population of approximately 4000 in the Southern Highlands, New South Wales, Australia. ...


Wagstaff's eulogy alluded to the claims made by Derryn Hinch about the cause of Kennedy's death:

Delivering a eulogy for a close friend and for someone who was so much admired is never a happy occasion. Though I must confess I would be quite happy to deliver a eulogy for a certain media personality who's tried the second Kennedy assassination of our time... and failed.

[citation needed]


Kennedy had never explicitly stated that he was homosexual, but at his funeral, his friends were at last free to make jokes, in a friendly way.


The Age of June 26, 2005 reported John Mangos as saying that he "knew Kennedy wanted his ashes scattered at sea. And that wish was carried out." This was confirmed in a report in The Sydney Morning Herald on August 2, 2005 which stated that Kennedy's ashes were scattered in the sea at Kiama attended by a group which included "Noelene Brown, Tony Sattler, John Mangos, Stuart Wagstaff, Kennedy's former housekeeper Sally Baker-Beall and her husband John, and old friends Christine and Nicholas Deeprose." This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... is the 214th day of the year (215th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Kiama, is a picturesque township and Local Government Area 120 kilometres south of Sydney on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia. ...


Legacy

Four of Graham Kennedy's television shows were named in the program 50 Years 50 Shows which counted-down the top 50 Australian TV shows of all time, as decided by ratings data and the opinions of one hundred television industry professionals, on Australia's Nine Network on 25 September 2005. Kennedy's In Melbourne Tonight topped the poll, Power Without Glory was #15, Blankety Blanks was #20, and Coast to Coast ranked #42. 50 Years 50 Shows was a television special to mark 50 years of television in Australia. ... is the 268th day of the year (269th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In the Australia Day honours of 26 January 2006, Kennedy was posthumously appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), for "service to the entertainment industry as an actor, comedian and presenter significantly influencing the development of the radio, television and film industries in Australia, and to the community"[41] . The award was made effective from 5 May 2005. Anniversary Day redirects here. ... is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Insignia of a Companion of the Order of Australia. ... is the 125th day of the year (126th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Telemovie The King

A telemovie examining Kennedy's life titled The King began filming in December 2006. It stars Stephen Curry as Kennedy and Stephen Hall as Bert Newton, with Garry McDonald, Shaun Micallef, Steve Bisley, Jane Allsop as Noeline Brown, Beau Brady, Leo Taylor as Sir Frank Packer, and Bernard Curry as John Wesley. The King: The Story of Graham Kennedy is an Australian television movie examining the life of entertainer Graham Kennedy. ... Stephen Curry (born in Melbourne, Victoria) is an Australian comedian and actor who has appeared in many television drama and comedy series, and in feature films. ... Stephen Hall (born May 17, 1969 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian actor and writer. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Shaun Patrick Micallef (born 18 July 1962) is an Australian comedian. ... Steve Bisley (born 1951 at Lake Munmorah, New South Wales, Australia), is a well-known Australian actor, who attended the National Institute of Dramatic Art. ... Jane Allsop (born July 3, 1975 in Oxford, England) is an Australian actress, best known for her role as Jo Parrish on Blue Heelers. ... Beau Brady (born October 11, 1981 in Sydney, Australia) is an Australian actor, best known for his role as Noah Lawson on soap opera, Home and Away. ... Sir Frank Packer (December 3, 1906–May 1, 1974), was an Australian media proprietor who controlled Australian Consolidated Press and the Nine television network. ...


The project, which cost $AUD2.1 million, premiered on May 20, 2007 on TV1 (becoming the highest-rating drama to be shown on pay-TV) to heavy criticism by Kennedy's friends. Tony Sattler and his wife, actor Noeline Brown, Kennedy's closest friends, said they were mortified by the movie. "The film was obsessed with his homosexuality. I don't think people cared about that....He was Australia's most famous, successful entertainer but how much do we see of that in the film? We see f--- all of it."[42] The Nine Network screened the film on August 27, 2007 .[43] is the 140th day of the year (141st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Pay television, or pay-TV, usually refers to subscription-based television services, usually provided by both analogue and digital cable and satellite, but also increasingly by digital terrestrial methods. ... is the 239th day of the year (240th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


See also

Don Lane (born Morton Donald Isaacson c. ...

References

  1. ^ Blundell, Graeme (2003). King: The Life and Comedy of Graham Kennedy. Sydney: Pan Macmillan. ISBN 0-7329-1165-6. 
  2. ^ Blundell, Graeme: op. cit., p. 9
  3. ^ Blundell, Graeme: op. cit., p. 11
  4. ^ St Kilda Historical Society newsletter (July 2005). Retrieved on 2007-05-17.
  5. ^ Blundell, Graeme: op. cit., p. 11
  6. ^ Blundell, Graeme: op. cit., p. 9
  7. ^ Blundell, Graeme: op. cit., p. 351
  8. ^ The Lost Schools of St Kilda. Retrieved on 2007-05-17.
  9. ^ Melbourne High School Old Boys' Association obituary. Retrieved on 2007-04-29.
  10. ^ Blundell, Graeme: op. cit., p. 28
  11. ^ Lee, Nancy (1979). Being a Chum was Fun: the Story of Nancy Lee. Melbourne: Listen & Learn Productions. ISBN 0-9596-1361-7. 
  12. ^ Lee, Nancy (1979), op. cit., p.149
  13. ^ Blundell, Graeme: op. cit., pp. 350-351
  14. ^ Newton, Bert (1977). Bert! Bert Newton's Own Story. Toorak, Victoria: Garry Sparkes & Associates, pp.91-93. ISBN 0-9080-8124-3. 
  15. ^ Kennedy's crown fetches $17K news.com.au, 23 April 2007
  16. ^ Blundell, Graeme: op. cit., p. 379
  17. ^ "King of comedy, fears of a clown": Megan Gressor, Sydney Morning Herald, April 26, 2003
  18. ^ Newton, Bert (1977). Op Cit, p. 91
  19. ^ 50 years of television, Part two
  20. ^ Craig Bellamy, Gordon Chisholm, Hilary Eriksen (17 February 2006). Moomba: A festival for the people: pp. 17-22
  21. ^ Blundell, Graeme: op. cit., p. 356
  22. ^ Blundell, Graeme: op. cit., pp. 369-372
  23. ^ Blundell, Graeme: op. cit., p. 373
  24. ^ Blundell, Graeme: op. cit., p. 371
  25. ^ Blundell, Graeme: op. cit., p. 382
  26. ^ Blundell, Graeme: op. cit., p. 383
  27. ^ Blundell, Graeme: op. cit., p. 383
  28. ^ Lee, Nancy (1979). Op Cit, p.67
  29. ^ Blundell, Graeme: op. cit., p. 374
  30. ^ Blundell, Graeme: op. cit., p. 387
  31. ^ Blundell, Graeme: op. cit., p. 388
  32. ^ On The Beach. On the Beach. Retrieved on 2007-06-03.
  33. ^ Blundell, Graeme: op. cit., p. 164
  34. ^ Blundell, Graeme: op. cit., p. 361
  35. ^ yourmovies.com.au
  36. ^ Blundell, Graeme: op. cit., p. 418
  37. ^ Blundell, Graeme: op. cit., p. 429
  38. ^ Blundell, Graeme: op. cit., pps. 422-423
  39. ^ 'Broke' Kennedy's big gift. Retrieved on 2007-04-29.
  40. ^ ABC-TV News
  41. ^ Australian Government "It's an Honour" site (August 2007). Retrieved on 2007-08-25.
  42. ^ Graham Kennedy's mates slam film Herald Sun May 22, 2007
  43. ^ The ABC of Aunty's role in Gra-Gra's film. Retrieved on 2007-04-29.

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Further reading

  • Blundell, Graeme (2003). King: The Life and Comedy of Graham Kennedy. Sydney: Pan Macmillan. ISBN 0-7329-1165-6. 
  • Newton, Bert (1977). Bert! Bert Newton's Own Story. Toorak, Victoria, Australia: Garry Sparkes & Associates. ISBN 0-9080-8124-3. 
  • Stone, Gerald (2000). Compulsive Viewing: The inside story that rocked the TV industry. Sydney: Penguin. ISBN 0-7329-1165-6. 
  • Lee, Nancy (1979). Being a Chum was Fun: the Story of Nancy Lee. Melbourne: Listen & Learn Productions. ISBN 0-9596-1361-7. 
  • Astbury, Rob (2006). King and I. Sydney: DNA Publishers. ISBN 0-646-46454-X. 

Graeme Blundell (b. ... Albert Watson Bert Newton, AM, MBE, (born 23 July 1938), is an Australian television, radio, film, stage performer and author. ... Gerald Stone is an American-born Australian television and radio journalist, television executive and author. ... Rob Astbury is a former Australian television sports journalist who was once Australias highest paid TV sports presenter and is more recently famous for being the ex-lover of variety show legend Graham Kennedy. ...

External links

  • Graham Kennedy biography (ABC)
  • ABC news obituary including video and audio links
  • Graham Kennedy at the National Film and Sound Archive
  • Laughterlog.com - Biography with list of radio, television and film appearances
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NAME Kennedy, Graham Cyril
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION Entertainer
DATE OF BIRTH 15 February 1934
PLACE OF BIRTH Melbourne
DATE OF DEATH 25 May 2005
PLACE OF DEATH Bowral, New South Wales, Australia

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