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    Dawn Lake

    Dawn Lake (20 January 1927 – 1 January 2006) was an Australian television comedian, singer, entertainer and actor, whose career spanned more than four decades. Bert Newton described her as "our greatest comedienne - Australia's Lucille Ball". She was particularly associated in show business with her husband Bobby Limb. Dawn Lake was born to a Balmain working class family, the youngest of four children. She married entertainer Bobby Limb in 1953 and they had one daughter, Debbie, born in 1955. She was married to Limb for 46 years, though the marriage had its ups and downs, including a separation for a year in 1973. She lost her brother, David, to suicide in 1965. Bobby Limb died in 1999, after which she withdrew from performing life. She started her career as a singer in a local dance hall when she was 21, and soon after was contracted to Joe Taylor's Celebrity Club circuit. She met Bobby Limb at this time. After their marriage in 1953, they went to the UK where she had won a contract to sing with the BBC Show Band. Their careers went well in England over the next four years, with Lake appearing frequently as a guest on the Cyril Stapleton radio show, and with the couple appearing
    5 votes

    Stuart Wagstaff

    Stuart Wagstaff AM (born 13 February 1925) is an Australian television and stage entertainer. Wagstaff was born in Great Durnford, Wiltshire, England, and grew up on a farm with his parents and two older sisters. His father was very strict and emotionally abusive, and he received little affection from his mother. However, his mother frequently took Stuart and his sisters to see plays and pantomime, generating an early interest in the theatre. At the age of 11 he was sexually abused by a farm hand. In September 1940, at the insistence of his father, he joined the Royal Navy as an apprentice aircraft mechanic in the Fleet Air Arm, and served at naval air stations and on aircraft carriers until the end of the war, but considered himself to be a poor mechanic. He frequently volunteered for ships' concert parties to further his interest in acting. After the war he joined the Windsor Repertory as an assistant stage manager, occasionally taking small roles in plays. He then joined Whitley Repertory where he took part in up to 48 plays plus four weeks of pantomime each year, as well as a few West End appearances and some film and television. Wagstaff first came to Australia in 1958 to
    3 votes

    Rhonda Burchmore

    Rhonda Suzanne Burchmore (born 15 May 1960) is an Australian entertainer. Born in Sydney, Rhonda has been performing since the age of two, trained in singing, acting and dancing and was awarded a scholarship to the University of New England where she majored in Theatre Arts. She became internationally known for her role as Kate in the 1982 film, 'The Pirate Movie'. Burchmore gave her first major Australian theatre breakthrough performance in the 1988 production of Sugar Babies, opposite Garry McDonald and Broadway theatre performer Eddie Bracken. Later that year, she reprised her role opposite Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller in London’s West End theatre production. Whilst in the U.K she also starred in the revival of Stop the World – I Want to Get Off. After a string of further stage performances, playwright David Atkins wrote a role especially for Burchmore in his tap dancing musical, Hot Shoe Shuffle. Then in 1997, she gave the Crown Casino in Melbourne its opening performance with her very own cabaret spectacular, Red Hot & Rhonda, playing to an audience of over 60,000. The year proved to be big for Burchmore, she also secured a role on Broadway in the Irving Berlin classic, Easter
    2 votes
    Jeanne Little

    Jeanne Little

    Jeanne Little (born Jeanne Mitchell; 11 May 1938) is an Australian entertainer and TV personality. Little was born in Sydney, New South Wales. Little made her television debut on Network Ten's Mike Walsh Show in September 1974. Invited on as a guest showcasing designer maternity clothes, she quickly became a regular, eventually (after a stint at Channel Seven) moving with the Walsh Show to Channel Nine. The Seven Network had attempted two short-lived shows featuring Little's unique talents: Jeanne's Little Show (a variety/chat series) and Cuckoo in the Nest, a situation comedy in which she played a wacky Auntie Mame-type character. As part of the Mike Walsh Show team again, Little wowed and won audiences for the next 15 years. She was a guest on the Midday with Ray Martin and her appearance on the BBC's Michael Parkinson variety show so startled London critics she had the London Evening News saying: "What a woman! With her in the house you wouldn't want a TV." Among the overseas guests she has appeared with are Phyllis Diller, George Burns and Danny La Rue. In 1976 Little won the Gold Logie for most popular television personality and has won two other Logies for her work on the
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    Hazel Phillips

    Hazel Julia Phillips OAM (born November 1929) is an English-born Australian entertainer. She was born in Battersea, London. At the age of 20, she became engaged to her husband Bill, and they emigrated to Australia as "Ten Pound Poms" in 1950–51, marrying shortly afterwards and having two children, Mark (born 1953) and Scott (born 1955). In 1961, the family was involved in a serious car accident, with Phillips sustaining severe injuries to her chin. Her husband left them some time afterwards, with Phillips suggesting that the surgeries on her chin and an ectopic pregnancy contributed to the break-up of their marriage. At around that time, Phillips made her break into show business with a role on the talk show Beauty and the Beast with Eric Baume. She also began to appear on The Mavis Bramston Show, which she became a regular on after being told to choose between Bramston and Beauty and the Beast. By 1967, Phillips had left Channel 7 and was hosting the midday talk show, Girl Talk on the fledgling 0–10 Network, for which she won the Gold Logie Award for the most popular female personality on Australian television, jointly winning with Graham Kennedy who won the male award. Phillips
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