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Rare clips of Dame Edna through the ages published online

NFSA celebrates Barry Humphries’ iconic character with new collection.

Hello possums! The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is celebrating the one and only Dame Edna Everage with a new online collection featuring rare video clips of Edna through the ages.

The collection is available permanently on the NFSA website: http://bit.ly/DameEdnaNFSA. It's got some 'spooky' bits, and there are lots of splendid frocks, gladdies, winged 'face furniture' and celebrities to check out.

Initially a suburban housewife from Moonee Ponds, Edna Everage (as in average) was created by satirist Barry Humphries in 1955 whilst touring with a group of actors around Victoria in 1955. She was a caricature of mayor's wives they met on the road and was named after his childhood nanny, and even Humphries himself was taken by surprise at her popularity.

The online collection celebrates Everage's contribution to the world, with her gimlet eye view of Australia and Australians being preserved for posterity. From appearances on radio and the stage to the big and small screens, many of these haven't been seen/heard since they first aired.

Highlights include:

·         Dame Edna through the ages - a compile of Edna's looks over the decades, from The Mike Walsh Show (1985).

·         Dame Edna on ‘nice well-mannered lass’ Princess Diana (1980, prior to the Royal Wedding).

·         Dame Edna using numerology to analise the similarities between Goug Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser (1975).

·         Intro to An Aussie Audience with Dame Edna, featuring her ‘adoring fans’ in the audience – including John Farnham, Molly Meldrum, and other celebrities (1986).

·         Dame Edna enjoying a ‘scrummy’ pizza named after her, during the Moonee Ponds centenary celebrations (1981).

·         Barry Humphries on ‘being Dame Edna’s manager’ - interview on The Mike Walsh Show (1980).

·         Barry Humphries on having  'an eye for the absurd' and why he does what he does - interview with Mike Willesee (1975).

·         Edna’s cover of the Neighbours theme song (1989) and her single True British Spunk (1972).

From the beginning Edna had a back story, including her husband Norm (as in normal), and children, Valmai, Bruce and Kenny.  She's been all over the world but she has a special connection with England and its royal family, offering advice to Queen Elizabeth II and acting as a confidant to many world leaders and celebrities.

 

NFSA Online Producer Beth Taylor is available for comment. Please contact Miguel Gonzalez, (02) 8202 0114 or miguel.gonzalez@nfsa.gov.au.

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