Barry Humphries Biography (1934-)

Full name, John Barry Humphries; born February 17, 1934, in Kew, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; son of Eric (a construction manager) and Louisa Humphries; married Brenda Wright (a ballet dancer), 1955 (divorced, 1959); married Rosalind Tong (a dancer), 1959 (divorced, c. 1970); married Diane Millstead (anartist), 1979 (divorced, 1989); married Lizzie Spender (an actress and playwright), June, 1990; children: (second marriage) Tessa, Emily; (third marriage)Oscar, Rupert. Addresses: Agent: Richard Scott Simon Ltd., 32 CollegeCross, London N1 1PR, England.

Nationality
Australian
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, writer, producer, lyricist
Birth Details
February 17, 1934
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Envy, Bedazzled, 1967
  • Mr. Wainwright, The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom, Paramount, 1968
  • Edna Everage, The Naked Bunyip, 1970
  • Aunt Edna Everage, Hoot, and Meyer DeLamphrey, The Adventures of BarryMcKenzie, Video Search of Miami, 1972
  • Dr. Anderson, Percy's Progress (also known as It's Notthe Size That Counts), Joseph Brenner Associates, 1974
  • Dr. Meyer DeLamphrey, offensive buck-toothed Englishman, Senator DouglasManton, and Edna Everage, Barry MacKenzie Holds His Own, Satori, 1974
  • Colonel Ball-Miller, The Great McCarthy (also known as Salute to the Great McCarthy), 1975
  • Rodney, Side by Side, 1976
  • Edna Everage, Monty Python Meets Beyond the Fringe (also known asPleasure at Her Majesty's), 1977
  • Reverend Strachey, The Getting of Wisdom, Atlantic, 1977
  • Dame Edna Everage, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (alsoknown as Banda de los corazones), Universal, 1978
  • Arise Sir Les, 1980
  • Bert Schnick, Shock Treatment, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1981
  • The Secret Policeman's Other Ball, Miramax, 1982
  • Sir Les Patterson and Dame Edna Everage, Les Patterson Saves the World, 1987
  • Dame Edna Everage, Howling III (also known as Howling III: TheMarsupials and The Marsupials: The Howling III), Square Pictures,1987
  • Bert, lady shopper, and manager, Pterodactyl Woman from Beverly Hills, Troma Team Video, 1994
  • Clemens Metternich, Immortal Beloved, Araba Films, 1994
  • Voice of Kangaroo, Napoleon, Samuel Goldwyn, 1995
  • Humphrey Beal, The Leading Man, Northern Arts Entertainment, 1996
  • Blind Wally, Welcome to Woop Woop, Goldwyn Films, 1997
  • Kevin McMaxford, Spice World, Columbia, 1997
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Barry Humphries' Scandals, 1970
  • The Barry Humphries Show, 1976
  • Dame Edna Everage, The Dame Edna Experience, 1987
  • Dame Edna Everage, Dame Edna's Neighbourhood Watch, 1992
  • Dame Edna Everage, Dame Edna Kisses It Better, 1997
  • Himself, Dame Edna, and others, Flashbacks with Barry Humphries (also known as Barry Humphries' Flashbacks), 1999
  • Specials
  • Richard Deane, Dr. Fischer of Geneva, Consolidated Productions, 1985
  • Dame Edna Everage, A Night on Mount Edna, 1990
  • Dame Edna Everage, Dame Edna's Hollywood, NBC, 1991
  • Dame Edna Everage, Dame Edna's Hollywood, NBC, 1992
  • Dame Edna Everage, Dame Edna's Hollywood, NBC, 1993
  • Dame Edna Everage, Edna Time, 1993
  • Episodic
  • "Christmas Special," Not Only ... but Also, 1966
  • The Story of English, 1986
  • Dame Edna Everage, Friday Night Live, 1988
  • Clive Anderson Talks Back, 1995
  • Dame Edna Everage, The Roseanne Show, 1998
  • Himself, The Panel, 1999
  • Miniseries
  • Rupert Murdoch, Selling Hitler, 1991
  • Sir Les Patterson, Seriously Funny: An Argument for Comedy, 1996
  • Dame Edna Everage, The Talk Show Story, 2000
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards, 1988
  • Presenter, The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards, 1993
  • Television Work
  • Specials
  • Character creator and executive producer, Dane Edna's Hollywood, NBC, 1991
  • Character creator and executive producer, Dame Edna's Hollywood, NBC, 1992
  • Executive producer, Dame Edna's Hollywood, NBC, 1993
  • Character creator and executive producer, Edna Time, 1993
  • Stage Appearances
  • Solo Shows
  • A Nice Night's Entertainment, 1962
  • Excuse I!, 1965
  • Just a Show, 1968, then Fortune Theatre, 1969
  • A Load of Olde Stuffe, 1971
  • At Least You Can Say You've Seen It, 1974
  • Housewife! Superstar!, Apollo Theatre, London, 1976, then TheatreFour, New York City, 1977
  • Isn't It Pathetic at His Age, 1977, then Australian production, 1978
  • A Night with Dame Edna, Piccadilly Theatre, London, 1978
  • An Evening's Intercourse with Barry Humphries, 1981
  • Tears before Bedtime, 1985
  • Back with a Vengeance!, 1987
  • Back with a Vengeance! The Second Coming, 1989
  • Dame Edna Everage, Dame Edna: The Royal Tour, Theatre on the Square, San Francisco, CA, 1998, then Booth Theatre, New York City, 1999-2000
  • Other Stage Appearances
  • Jonas Dogg, The Demon Barber, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London, 1959
  • Mr. Sowerberry, Oliver!, New Theatre, London, 1960, then ImperialTheatre, New York City, 1963
  • Appeared in Maggie May, West End production.
  • Stage Work
  • Producer, Dame Edna: The Royal Tour (solo show), Theatre on the Square, 1998, then Booth Theatre, 1999-2000
  • WRITINGS
  • Television Specials
  • Script and lyricist, "Dame Edna's Niceness Theme," Dame Edna'sHollywood, NBC, 1991
  • Script and lyricist, "Niceness," Dame Edna's Hollywood, NBC, 1992
  • Script, Dame Edna's Hollywood, NBC, 1993
  • Screenplays
  • The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (based on his book The Wonderful World of Barry McKenzie), Video Search of Miami, 1972
  • Barry MacKenzie Holds His Own, Satori, 1974
  • Les Patterson Saves the World, 1987
  • Books
  • Tid, 1962
  • (Editor) Bizarre, Elek, 1965
  • The Wonderful World of Barry McKenzie, illustrated by Nicolas Garland, Macdonald and Co., 1968
  • (Editor) The Barry Humphries Book of Innocent Austral Verse, Sun Books, 1968
  • Bazza Pulls It Off! More Adventures of Barry McKenzie, illustratedby Garland, Sun Books, 1971
  • (As Dame Edna Everage) Dame Edna's Coffee Table Book: A Guide to Gracious Living and the Finer Things in Life by One of the First Ladies of World Theatre, Harrap, 1976
  • Les Patterson's Australia, 1978
  • (With Nic Rowley) Sound of Edna: Edna Everage Songbook, Chappell,1979
  • Barry Humphries' Treasury of Australian Kitsch, Macmillan, 1980
  • The Life and Times of Sandy Stone, 1980
  • A Nice Night's Entertainment: Sketches and Monologues,1956-1981, Granada, 1981
  • (As Dame Edna Everage) Dame Edna's Bedside Companion, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1982
  • (Editor) "Punch" Down Under, Robson, 1984
  • (As Dame Edna Everage) My Gorgeous Life: The Life, the Loves, the Legend, Simon & Schuster (New York City), 1992
  • Other Writings
  • Author of the comic strip The Adventures of Barry McKenzie.

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books:
    • Backstage with Barry Humphries, January 19, 1992 Bloomsbury, 1991.
    • Newsmakers 1993, Issue 4, Gale (Detroit, MI), 1993.
    Periodicals:
    • New York Times, .

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