Dame Edna is probably the most popular and gifted woman in the world today. Housewife, investigative journalist, social anthropologist, talk show host, swami, children’s book illustrator, megastar, celebrity spin doctor and icon.
With Olivia Newton-John, Rupert Murdoch, Kylie Minogue, the late Steve Irwin, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Dame Joan Sutherland, she is the most prominent of a remarkable succession of stars to emerge from Australia.
During the 1970’s Dame Edna’s success in her homeland was repeated in Britain with London stage shows including Housewife Superstar! and A Night with Dame Edna. Subsequently, she has performed at London’s Royal Albert Hall and at the prestigious Theatre Royal Drury Lane and the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
Television triumphs include critically acclaimed UK specials, An Audience With Dame Edna, and Another Audience With Dame Edna. She also hosted two series of her own innovative chat show, The Dame Edna Experience, and The Dame Edna Treatment where her past guests have included Jane Fonda, Charlton Heston, Liza Minnelli, Sean Connery, and Mel Gibson.
On Broadway, her sensational vehicle, Dame Edna: The Royal Tour received a Special Tony Award for Live Theatrical Event. The Outer Critics Circle has also bestowed upon her a Special Achievement Award. Dame Edna has recorded numerous TV specials, the last of which, A Night on Mount Edna, won the foremost European Entertainment Award, the Golden Rose of Montreux in 1991. Edna’s other notable awards include first prize in the San Francisco International Film Festival, a Gold Award at the New York Film and TV Festival, and a British Academy Award Nomination for The Dame Edna Experience.
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