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Overview (3)

Born in Kew, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Birth NameJohn Barry Humphries
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

His father was an affluent construction manager. Barry was a very intelligent boy who attended Melbourne University. There, he began in revues and doing some impersonations. He moved to London around 1960 and began his TV career. He has created numerous characters, including Dame Edna Everidge and Sir Les Patterson.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: B. J. Coverdale

Spouse (4)

Lizzie Spender (June 1990 - present)
Diane Millstead (1979 - 1989) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Rosalind Tong (1959 - 1970) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Brenda Wright (1955 - 1957) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

As Dame Edna, he greets his audience, "Hello Possums"!

Trivia (15)

His fourth wife, Lizzie Spender, is the daughter of the poet Sir Stephen Spender.
In 2000, received a Special Tony Award for a Live Theatrical Presentation, for his one-person show titled "Dame Edna: The Royal Tour."
Barry Humphries was one of the hosts at "The Royal Pop Concert" in Buckingham Palace, London on June, 4th, 2002. He appeared as Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson and had the great honor to announce Queen Elizabeth II.
He was awarded the A.O. (the Officer of the Order of Australia) in the 1982 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to Theatre.
Honorary Doctorate of Griffith University (Australia) in 1994
Father of the actress Tessa Humphries, and Emily and Oscar Humphries.
Pictured on a set of five 50¢ Australian postage stamps in the Australian Legends series, issued 20 January 2006. One stamp has a photograph of Humphries without makeup. The other stamps have a photo of his alter ego "Edna Everage", showing how the character has changed through the years.
24 October 2006 Australia Post together with The Perth Mint issued a 50 cent legal tender coin with full-colour portrait of Dame Edna. Coin is mounted in special envelope with 2 postage stamps (featuring Barry Humphries as both Dame Edna and himself) cancelled at Moonee Ponds (suburb where Edna tells she comes from). Also Australian $1 silver one ounce coin portraying Dame Edna was issued to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Barry Humphries as Dame Edna.
He was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2007 Queen Elizabeth's Birthday Honors List for his services to entertainment.
Created the role of Mr. Sowerberry in the original West End production of Lionel Bart's musical "Oliver!".
He was awarded the Australian National Medal in December 1979.
He was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in the 2001 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to Australian society through acting and writing.
Was good friends with Joan Rivers.
He admits that he is ashamed of Les Patterson Saves the World (1987).
Attended the wedding of media mogul Rupert Murdoch to former model Jerry Hall in 2016.

Personal Quotes (6)

It's very important to be interesting yourself. Most guests, let's face it, however famous they are, are boring, with no intellectual resources and very little sense of humor, particularly if they are comedians. People only watch my shows for me, and those shows have remained evergreen long after the guests are forgotten. Always wear beautiful clothes, preferably a different frock for every show, and don't overdo the hospitality beforehand. An intoxicated guest is a loose canon and I'm not referring to my famous interview with Jack Palance that didn't go to air!
Sex is the most beautiful thing that can take place between a happily married man and his secretary.
Most of my contemporaries at school entered the World of Business, the logical destiny of bores.
My parents were very pleased that I was in the army. The fact that I hated it somehow pleased them even more.
New Zealand is a country of thirty thousand million sheep, three million of whom think they are human.
To live in Australia permanently is rather like going to a party and dancing all night with one's mother.

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