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Barry Humphries Name: Dr. Barry Humphries

Marital Status: (m.) Lizzie Spender, two sons and two daughters

Occupation: Entertainer, Actor, Painter, Writer/Novelist

Education: University of Melbourne (Law, Philosophy, Fine Arts)

1956 Created and performed a number of characters for the Melbourne Theatre Company. Mrs Everage (foundations for Dame Edna, Barry McKenzie, Lance Boyle and Sir Less Patterson were some of the characters involved.
1957 Joined the Sydney Philip Revue Theatre, the first satirical comedy theatre in Australia. Performed in Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" as Estragon.
1959 Journeys to Venice to do a few productions.
1960s Performed in productions such as Oliver! and Maggie May
1967 Performs as Fagan in Picadilly Theatre opposite a young man known as Phil Collins who later became a famous musician.
1969 Performs a one-show at the Fortune Theatre, introducing Dame Edna for the first time to the world.
1979 A Night with Dame Edna becomes a smash hit earning Humphries the prestigious Society of West End Theatres Award
1982 Awarded the Order of Australia
1994 Awarded the title of Honorary Doctorate by the Griffith University
1982-1998 Performs a series of Dame Edna shows:

  • An Evening's Intercourse (1982)
  • Back with a Vengeance (1987-1988)
  • Look at me when I'm talking to You (1996)
  • Edna, The Spectacle (1998)
  • Dame Edna's Neighbourhood Watch (1998)
  • Dame Edna's Work Experience (1998)
  • Dame Edna's Hollywood (1998)
1997 Plays the role of Fagan again at the London Palladium

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