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13 December - Dame Edna Everage. "Hello Possums!"

Unread postby Max ADU » Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:47 am

Today in Australian History
Tuesday, December 13, 1955.

Australian housewife "superstar", Dame Edna Everage,
makes her stage debut.

Dame Edna.jpg

Dame Edna Everage is the brainchild and ostentatious alter-ego of Australian actor Barry Humphries.

The Moonee Ponds housewife, originally created as a parody of Australian suburban insularity,
Dame Edna was famous for her lilac-coloured or "wisteria hue" hair and cat eye glasses or "face furniture," her favourite flower, the gladiola ("gladdies") and her boisterous greeting: "Hello Possums!"

Her character evolved from a"Housewife” to a”Superstar", then "Megastar" and finally an international "Gigastar".

Her bio as revealed by Edna, she was born Edna May Beazley in the city of Wagga Wagga, with a sibling who would give birth to Barry McKenzie.

Everage started her stage career on 19 December 1955 as Mrs. Norm Everage, an "average Australian housewife" from Moonee Ponds, a Melbourne suburb.

Her first daughter, Lois, when still an infant, went missing and was believed to have been abducted by a "rogue koala" during a family camp-out in the outback.

Edna with three adult children, Bruce, Kenny, and Valmai celebrated her 50th "birthday" in 2005

Watch on youtube.com

Barry Humphries was born on 17 February 1934 in Melbourne, Australia. He studied law, philosophy and fine arts at Melbourne University before joining the Melbourne Theatre Group and embarking on an acting career.

He created the character of Edna Everage who made her Australian debut at Melbourne's Union theatre on 13 December 1955. .

In March 2012, Humphries announced that the character would be retired at the end of the current stage tour.
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