LUCETTE ALDOUS

Ballet dancerlucette-aldous

1938–2021

  • Ballet dancer who co-starred (with Rudolf Nureyev) in the 1973 Australian feature film, Don Quixote – (TodaysPaper)
  • She was the resident principal dancer with The Australian Ballet, and well known for performing the role of Kitri in the film of Rudolf Nureyev’s production of Don Quixote, . . (Wikipedia
  • Former Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, David McAllister said, “Lucette was the first ballerina I ever saw live on stage. ((Limelight magazine))
  • Oral history held at NLA

RONNE ARNOLD

Dancer, dance tutor and actor

  • ronne-arnold(1938-2020)
  • Ronne Arnold (1938 – 13 February 2020  was an African American performer, whose Australian-based career spanning some seven decades encompassed various genres. He was a dancer, choreographer, tutor, singer and actor. (Wikipedia)
  • As well as a prolific career as a dancer and choreographer, Arnold also appeared on our TV screens. He featured in the 1960s sci-fi series The Stranger
  • TV appearances included The Stranger, Number 96, Cop Shop, Kingswood Country & Cop Shop. (IMDB)
  • We revisit our conversation with Ronne from 2013 after he won the Australian Dance Award for Lifetime Achievement. (ABC: The Stage Show)

JOHNNY ASHCROFT

Australian country & western singer.

  • johnny-ashcroft1 February 1927 – 19 May 2021
  • An Australian country music and folk entertainer, singer, songwriter, and musician, who also recorded pop, skiffle, jazz, and disco as his alter ego, the Baron. (Wikipedia)
  • Johnny Ashcroft, who wrote and recorded the smash hit, Little Boy Lost, teamed with Gay Kayler to form Australia’s most formidable modern country duo.
  • Oral history held by NFSA.

CHRISTOPHER ASHTON

Journalistchris-ashton

  • 1941-2021
  • Journalist, foreign correspondent and travel writer, documentary filmmaker (Obituary in SMH) –
  • Chris had a long association with Papua New Guinea as a young man and it was there he forged a remarkable career.

MIKE BAILEY

Weather presentermike-bailey

  • 1950 – 20 June 2021
  • ABC-TV and ATN-7 (Sydney) weather reporter (TVTonight)
  • Michael John Bailey OAM was an Australian television and radio weather presenter, journalism educator, political aspirant and football club chairman. (Wikipedia)
  • Retired media personality Mike Bailey, who became a household name delivering the nightly weather report for the ABC’s Sydney bulletin over a lengthy career, has died after a short illness. He was 71. (SMH)

BUTCH CALDERWOOD

Cinematographerbutch

ZOE CALDWELL

Australian-born theatre, TV and film actresszoe-caldwell

  • 1933-2020
  • Australian-born theatre, TV and film actress, most of whose career was in high-profile starring roles in US theatre – (Wikipedia)
  • Zoe, always pronounced as one syllable, wanted to go on the stage from infancy. She was born in Hawthorn, Victoria, and raised in the Melbourne suburb of Balwyn. (Guardian obituary)

JOHN CLABBURN

Television directorjohn-clabburn

LORRAE DESMOND

Actresslorrae-desmond

  • 2 October 1929 – 23 May 2021
  • Lorrae Desmond AM, MBE born as Beryl Hunt and also credited as Sheila Hunt,[4] was an Australian Gold Logie-award-winning singer, recording artist, radio and television presenter, character actress, and playwright, with a career that spanned over 55 years both locally and the United Kingdom. (Wikipedia)
  • Desmond is best known for her role of nurse Shirley Gilroy, appearing on Seven’s A Country Practice from its 1981 inception until 1992. (SMH)
  • Desmond became the first woman to win a Gold Logie, for her variety show “The Lorrae Desmond Show”, in 1962. (Guardian obituary)
  • Oral history held at NFSA  (catalogue listing )-

TRADER FAULKNER

Radio, television & film actor, writer and dancer.trader-faulkner

  • 7 September 1927 – 14 April 2021
  • Versatile actor, flamenco dancer and biographer of his friend and fellow Australian Peter Finch (Guardian obituary
  • Trader Faulkner was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Ronald Trader Faulkner. He was an actor, known for Web (1957), A High Wind in Jamaica (1965) and Stage by Stage (1954) (IMDB)
  • Faulkner built a long career as a popular character actor both in the UK and Australia. (Wikipedia)
  • Oral history held by NFSA. (Catalogue entry)

JOHN GREGG

Actorjohn-gregg

  • 12 January 1939 – 29 May 2021
  • Born in Tasmania and an only child, Gregg was set to take over running the family farm but instead wound up scoring an audition at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Hobart. (IMDB)
  • After graduating in the early 1960s he worked with the Elizabethan Theatre Trust, then based at the Majestic Theatre in Newtown before TV roles in such series as Contrabandits alongside Chips Rafferty, (TVtonight)
  • John Gregg, greatly respected actor and former Chairman of Actors’ Benevolent Fund (ABF) passed away on May 29.

DAVID HOLMAN

British theatre writer who spent some years in Australiadavid-holman

  • March 4, 1942 – April 25, 2021
  • David, with his shag-pile hair and unfashionable spectacles, walked into our lives with the near-mythical aura of an uncompromising ex-UK Trotskyite tackling the issue of education and youth theatre with a dauntless grip on its future. (SMH obituary by Geoffrey Rush, Alan John and Neil Armfield)
  • David Holman, who has died aged 79, was a major figure in the theatre in education movement. An exchange between Theatre Centre and the young people’s wing of the Theatre Company of South Australia took him to Australia, where he then worked throughout the 80s, and where his plays entered the national curriculum. (Guardian obituary)
  • He adapted his play No Worries for a big-screen version in 1993.
  • He adapted Gogol’s ‘Diary of a Madman’ also for Rush and Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney, which won a number of awards for writing and acting.(Interview in Writewords)

MICK INNES

Actor (NZ & Australia)mick-innes

  • 1953–2020
  • Michael John Innes was born in Christchurch in 1953 and became Mick Innes when he moved to Australia 20 years later. With a career spanning 3 decades in film, television and theatre, Mick is a veteran actor, with countless roles in New Zealand and Australia (IMDB)
  • Actor Mick Innes made a long career out of character roles — often playing eccentrics or salt of the earth types (NZ OnScreen)
  • A few years ago at Auckland’s Basement Theatre, Mick Innes​ told the crowd that when the grim reaper came calling you’d see claw marks on the floor. (CelebrityNine)

FRED KENYON

Television broadcast pioneerfred-kenyon

  • 1928-2021
  • Awarded OAM in 2019 for service to the television broadcast industry
  • Fred Kenyon died at the age of 92 after a distinguished career at the frontiers of Australian and world television broadcasting and a lifetime he described always as lucky (Obituary in SMH)

VALERIE NEWSTEAD

Stage, TV and film actressvalerie-newstead

  • 4.Dec.1925 – 15.June.2021
  • Valerie Newstead’s film roles, listed on IMDB include  Out of the Body (1989), Norman Loves Rose (1982) and The Young Doctors (1976).
  • Vale Valerie Newstead, stage, television and occasional film actress. Her Sydney stage work included for the Q, Independent, Ensemble, Stables, and Bondi Pavilion theatres, and St, James Playhouse . . . (Notice on AMOHG Facebook group)
  • Interviewed for NIDA Oral History Project.(catalogue listing)
  • Death notice in SMH

MARY ROSSI

Pioneering compere of women’s programs on TV mary-rossi-TV

  • 1925-2001
  • Mary Rossi, who was not just one of the first female comperes on Australian television and the doyenne of Australian travel agents but also the mother of 10, has died at the age of 95. (SMH obituary)
  • A mother of five when Woman’s World began, Rossi challenged the view that women should retire from professional life when they have children. (televisionAU)
  • Mrs Rossi had made the move across to travel from a highly successful TV career in which she was the first woman in Australia to have her own televised program – A Woman’s World with Mary Rossi – on the ABC (latteluxury news)

DINAH SHEARING

Actressdinah-shearing

  • February 12, 1928 – June 14, 2021
  • Dinah Shearing was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Dinah Hilary Shearing. She is an actress, known for Farscape (1999), All the Rivers Run (1983) and The Lost World (1999). (IMDB)
  • Born in Sydney to English parents while they were visiting Australia, Shearing was twelve before she was to return with her family to settle in Sydney. (televisionAU)
  • Stage, TV and film actress – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinah_Shearing
  • Interviewed for NIDA Oral History Project. (catalogue entry)

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