Barry "Dame Edna" Humphries

Actor, Comedian, Painter
At one time hailed as the strongest proponent of Dada in Australia, the multi-talented Barry Humphries has excelled as a character actor in Europe and Australia and has become one of the best loved landscape painters ... Read more »
Born: 02/17/1934 in Australia

Filmography

Actor (40)

Justin and the Knights of Valour 2013 (Movie)

Braulio (Voice)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 (Movie)

Goblin King (Actor)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 (Movie)

Great Goblin (Actor)

Mary and Max 2009 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

I'd Do Anything 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Swarovski Style Rocks 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Da Kath & Kim Code 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Dame Edna: Live at the Palace 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Finding Nemo 2003 (Movie)

Voice of Bruce the Shark (Actor)

Ally McBeal 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nicholas Nickleby 2002 (Movie)

Mrs Crummles (Actor)

Dame Edna 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Tony Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Spice World 1998 (Movie)

Kevin McMaxford (Actor)

The Leading Man 1998 (Movie)

Humphrey Beal (Actor)

Welcome to Woop Woop 1998 (Movie)

Blind Wally (Actor)

Napoleon 1997 (Movie)

of Kangaroo (Voice)

Immortal Beloved 1994 (Movie)

Clemens Metternich (Actor)

Dame Edna's Hollywood 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Edna Time 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Dame Edna's Hollywood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Dame Edna's Hollywood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Les Patterson Saves the World 1990 (Movie)

Dame Edna Everage (Actor)

The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Marsupials: The Howling III 1987 (Movie)

Dame Edna Everage (Actor)

The Story of English 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Shock Treatment 1981 (Movie)

Bert Schnick (Actor)

The Getting of Wisdom 1977 (Movie)

Reverend Strachey (Actor)

Pleasure at Her Majesty's 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

Barry McKenzie Holds His Own 1974 (Movie)

Dr Meyer de Lamphrey (Actor)

Side By Side 1974 (Movie)

Rodney (Actor)

The Great MacArthy 1974 (Movie)

Colonel Ball-Miller (Actor)

The Adventures of Barry McKenzie 1971 (Movie)

Hoot (Actor)

The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom 1968 (Movie)

Mr Wainwright (Actor)

Bedazzled 1967 (Movie)

Envy (Actor)

Doctor Fischer of Geneva (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (3)

Les Patterson Saves the World 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Barry McKenzie Holds His Own 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Adventures of Barry McKenzie 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (1)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 (Movie)

Song Performer("Torture Song") (Song)
Other (1)

The Secret Policeman's Other Ball 1980 (Movie)

(Production Assistant)

Biography

At one time hailed as the strongest proponent of Dada in Australia, the multi-talented Barry Humphries has excelled as a character actor in Europe and Australia and has become one of the best loved landscape painters Down Under, but his fame rests on the Melbourne housewife he first created in connection with the Olympic Games back in 1956. Since then, Dame Edith Everage has commandeered the actor's life, blooming into an international phenomenon, a wonderful parody of celebrity and self-obsession. He delivered his first Dadaist experiments in anarchy and visual satire against the conservative background of his hometown Melbourne and moved on to the more cosmopolitan Sydney, where he played Estragon in "Waiting for Godot" (1958), the first Australian production of a Samuel Beckett play. A frequent player in London's West End during the 60s, he starred as Fagin in the 1967 revival of Lionel Bart's musical "Oliver!", featuring a young Phil Collins as the Artful Dodger. Nevertheless, he did not introduce Dame Edna to British audiences until the 1969 one-person stage production "Just a Show", which led to the short-lived BBC series "The Barry Humphries Scandals".

Relationships

Tessa Humphries Actor

Daughter

Eric Humphries

Father

Gladys Humphries

Mother
Humphries has described his relationship with his mother as "uncomfortable" others have characterized her as "aloof"

Emily Humphries

Daughter
lives in Australia

Oscar Humphries

Son

Diane Millstead Screenplay

Wife
third wife divorced

Lizzie Spender Actor

Wife
fourth wife

Stephen Spender

Father-In-Law

Rosalind Tong

Wife
second wife divorced

Brenda Wright

Wife
first wife divorced

EDUCATION

University of Melbourne

studied law, philosophy and fine arts; dropped out in 1956

Milestones

2001

Contributed humor column to Vanity Fair

2001

Had recurring role of Claire Otoms on the Fox comedy "Ally McBeal"

1999

Tackled the Great White Way in "Dame Edna: The Royal Tour"

1999

Appeared for Australian audiences sans Edna regalia in "Remember You're Out", playing different characters

1998

Appeared in "Spice World"

1998

Brought Dame Edna to the US stage for the first time since 1977, receiving rave notices from the San Francisco press like "a marvel of comic endurance" and "savagely entertaining"; city proclaimed November 26 as "Dame Edna Day"

1998

Performed "Edna, the Spectacle" at London's Theatre Royal Haymarket

1997

Contributed the voice of Kangaroo to animated "Napoleon"

1997

Made cameo appearance in Stefan Elliott's "Welcome to Woop Woop"

1996

Reteamed with Mora for "Pterodactyl Women from Beverly Hills"

1996

Portrayed theater director Humphrey Beal in John Duigan's "The Leading Man"

1994

Played Clemens Metternich in Bernard Rose's "Immortal Beloved", starring Gary Oldman as Beethoven

1991

Wrote and appeared in NBC comedy special, "Dame Edna's Hollywood" (followed by 1992 and 1993 NBC specials of the same name); also wrote lyrics for "Dame Edna's Nicenesss Theme"

1991

Portrayed Rupert Murdoch in "Selling Hitler", a five-part British black comedy detailing the great Hitler diaries hoax of 1983

1987

Co-scripted George Miller's "Les Patterson Saves the World", playing both Les Patterson and Dame Edna Everage

1987

Appeared as Dame Edna in Phillipe Mora's "The Marsupials: The Howling III"

1984

Part of the excellent cast of "Doctor Fischer of Geneva" (BBC-2), including James Mason, Alan Bates and Cyril Cusack, among others; aired on PBS the following year

1982

Awarded the Order of Australia

1979

Won the Society of West End Theatres Award for his "A Night With Dame Edna"

1977

Brought Dame Edna to New York for the unmitigated disaster of "Housewife/Superstar"

1977

Last film (to date) with Beresford, "The Getting of Wisdom", playing Reverend Strachey

1975

Acted in third film with Beresford, "Side By Side"

1974

Reprised Dame Edna in Beresford's "Barry McKenzie Holds His Own", again co-scripting with the director; also appeared as three additional characters

1972

Teamed with director Bruce Beresford to write screenplay for "The Adventures of Barry McKenzie", introducing the beer-swilling, Australian lout to screen audiences; played three charactes including the very proper Aunt Edna to Barry Crocker's McKenzie

1968

Introduced Mrs. Everage to the British stage in his one-person "Just a Show", which led to a short-lived BBC series, "The Barry Humphries Scandals"

1967

Acted in Stanley Donen's "Bedazzled", starring the team of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore

1967

Starred as Fagin in the Piccadilly Theatre's revival of Lional Bart's musical "Oliver!" with Phil Collins as the Artful Dodger

1959

Sailed for Venice, Italy

1958

Created the character of Sandy Stone, a kind of eustralian Beckett figure, as a scathing satire of suburban boredom

1956

Created the character of Mrs. Everage, a Melbourne housewife who would evolve into the celebrated Dame Edna, for a sketch in connection with Melbourne's Olympic Games

Appeared in numerous West End (London) theatrical productions during the 1960s

Joined Sydney's Philip Street Theatre, where he appeared as Estragon in "Waiting for Godot", the first Australian production of a Samuel Beckett play

Created the comic strip character of Barry McKenzie in British satirical magazine Private Eye

Had his first Dada exhibition while a university student

Bonus Trivia

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Awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Australia'a Griffith University in 1994

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