Enjoy Celebrity Radio’s Dame Edna Everage Exclusive Life Story Interview….
The Dame of Showbiz talks to Belfield Live on Broadway about her life and career.
Dame Edna announced in 2012 that she would retire, a tragedy for show business!
Enjoy a rare insight into Dame’s incredible life in showbiz.
Here’s a picture of Belfield with Edna’s manager Barry Humphries…..
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Dame Edna Everage is a character created and performed by Australian comedian Barry Humphries, famous for her lilac-coloured or “wisteria hue” hair and cat eye glasses or “face furniture”, her favourite flower, the gladiolus (“gladdies”) and her boisterous greeting: “Hello, Possums!”
As Dame Edna, Humphries has written several books including an autobiography, My Gorgeous Life, appeared in several films and hosted several television shows (on which Humphries has also appeared as himself and other alter-egos).
Edna describes her chat-shows as “an intimate conversation between two friends, one of whom is a lot more interesting than the other”.
The character has been used to satirise the cult of celebrity, class snobbery, and prudishness and is often used by Humphries to poke fun at the political leaders and fashions of the times. Her larger-than-life persona and scathing but dead-on commentary on society and celebrity, as well as her habit of treating celebrities like ordinary people (on her TV shows) and ordinary people like celebrities (in her stage shows) have become signatures.
Although Humphries freely states that Edna is a character he plays, Edna refers to Humphries as her “entrepreneur” or manager.
Humphries and his staff of assistants and writers only refer to Edna as “she” and “her”, never mixing the character with Humphries himself. It is this precision and richness of identity which gives Dame Edna her unique force as a character.
In March 2012, Humphries announced that the character would be retired at the end of the current stage tour; however, as of 2013 he has decided to bring her back.
Recorded by Alex Belfield for the BBC and Celebrity Radio 2010.