Comedian Wendy Harmer bravely reveals a set of photos showing the facial deformity she was born with when Australian Story begins its new season on February 7. Locked away in the archives of the Melbourne Children's Hospital for nearly 50 years, the confronting photos were retrieved for Australian Story's profile of the writer, broadcaster and stand-up comedian. Despite being born with a hare lip and double cleft palate, Wendy Harmer went on to become one of Australia's best known performers and at one time the highest paid woman on radio. Last year she was invited to share her knowledge about overcoming a facial deformity by visiting children in Fiji born with the same condition. With the Australian Story crew in tow, she spent a week watching Australian surgeons from the Interplast organisation, which carries out plastic surgery on children in developing countries. It was an emotional time for Harmer, who found that the experience took her back to her own childhood when she was the ...
7 February 2005 (Australia)
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