Barry Humphries

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Barry Humphries

in July 2001
Born John Barry Humphries
17 February 1934 (1934-02-17) (age 80)
Kew, Melbourne, Australia
Nationality Australian
Influenced Shaun Micallef[1] Matt Lucas
Spouse Brenda Wright
(m. 1955–1957, divorced)
Rosalind Tong
(m. 1959–1970, divorced)
Diane Millstead
(m. 1979–1989, divorced)
Lizzie Spender
(m. 1990–present)
Tony Awards
Live Theatrical Presentation
2000 Dame Edna: The Royal Tour
Laurence Olivier Awards
Best Comedy Performance
1980 A Night with Dame Edna

John Barry Humphries, AO, CBE (born 17 February 1934) is an Australian comedian, satirist, dadaist, artist, author and character actor. His is probably best known for making up and playing the characters of Dame Edna Everage, a Melbourne housewife and "gigastar", and Sir Les Patterson, who is an 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 Austtralia 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.[2]

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