Barry Humphries

Australian comedian and actor

John Barry Humphries AO CBE (born 17 February 1934) is an Australian actor, artist, author, comedian and satirist. His is best known for making up and portraying the characters of Dame Edna Everage, a Melbourne housewife and "gigastar", and Sir Les Patterson, who is a really rude "Australian diplomat". He is also a movie producer and script writer, a star of London's West End musical theatre, an award-winning writer and a landscape painter. He has been on TV, in movie and on stage. He became popular in Australia in the 1950s, then Britain from the 1960s and finally in America in the 1990s. He has been called the most important comedian since Charlie Chaplin.[1]

Barry Humphries

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Humphries in 2001
John Barry Humphries

(1934-02-17) 17 February 1934 (age 89)
OccupationActor, artist, author, comedian, satirist
Years active1955–present
Brenda Wright
(m. 1955; div. 1957)

Rosalind Tong
(m. 1959; div. 1970)

Diane Millstead
(m. 1979; div. 1989)

Lizzie Spender (m. 1990)
Tony Awards
Live Theatrical Presentation
2000 Dame Edna: The Royal Tour
Laurence Olivier Awards
Best Comedy Performance
1980 A Night with Dame Edna


  1. Meacham, Steve (14 September 2010). "Absurd moments: in the frocks of the dame". Brisbane Times.

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