Flamboyant Australian entertainer who performed as a singer, songwriter and pianist. Famed for his lavish, energetic concerts which combined elements of P.T. Barnum and Liberace, Allen got his big break when he was discovered by Judy Garland during her world tour. At the time, he was half of an act called "Chris and Peter Allen" that was performing at the Hong Kong Hilton. Allen went on to open for Garland in Miami, Las Vegas, and other cities. He made his mark in the US performing in New York cabarets.