Barry Humphries dead: The world has lost a true comedy legend with the passing of Barry Humphries at the age of 89.
The Australian comedian and entertainer was best known for his outrageous character Dame Edna Everage, who captivated audiences with her flamboyant outfits, quick wit, and catchphrase “Hello possums!”
Humphries had a career that spanned over 60 years, during which he became one of the most beloved and influential comedians in Australia and beyond. He was also an accomplished painter, author, and poet, with a deep appreciation for all forms of art.
Beyond Dame Edna, Humphries created a host of other memorable characters, including the lecherous Sir Les Patterson and the melancholic Sandy Stone.
He was also a leading figure in the British comedy scene, alongside the likes of Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett, and Spike Milligan.
Throughout his career, Humphries remained active on stage and in the public eye, touring and performing well into his 80s. His dedication to his craft and his audiences was unwavering, and he will be remembered not only for his hilarious characters but also for his unique and generous spirit.
The outpouring of tributes from fans and fellow comedians alike is a testament to the impact Humphries had on the world of comedy and entertainment.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese hailed him as a “great wit, satirist, writer, and an absolute one-of-a-kind,” while actor and comedian Rob Brydon remembered him as a “true great who inspired me immeasurably.”
Humphries’ passing is a loss not only for his family and friends but for the entire world of comedy. He will be sorely missed but never forgotten, and his characters will continue to bring joy and laughter to audiences for generations to come.
About Barry Humphries
Born in Kew, a suburb of Melbourne, on February 17, 1934, Humphries studied law, philosophy, and fine arts at the University of Melbourne. He began his career in the 1950s as a performer in cabaret and theatre productions in Australia and the UK, where he created the character of Edna Everage.
The character became an instant hit, and Humphries continued to perform as her for several decades, appearing on various television shows, theatre productions, and even recording albums.
In addition to his iconic character, Humphries created the crude and vulgar Barry McKenzie, which he brought to life in the film The Adventures of Barry McKenzie, released in 1972. The film was a hit in Australia and the UK, further cementing Humphries’ popularity.
Humphries’ work spanned numerous stage productions, including playing the lead in the West End production of Oliver! in 1963. He also appeared in films such as The Great White Hope and Finding Nemo, and television shows, including The Barry Humphries Show and The Dame Edna Experience.
Apart from his performing career, Humphries was also a successful author and artist. He has written several books, including two autobiographies, and his paintings have been exhibited in galleries worldwide. In 2007, he was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his contributions to the arts.
Although he retired from his role as Dame Edna in 2012, Humphries continues to inspire and influence the world of entertainment. His legacy will be remembered for years to come. Rest in peace, Barry Humphries.
Barry Humphries family, husband, and children
Barry Humphries has been married four times and has four children. His first marriage was to Brenda Wright in 1959, with whom he had two daughters, Tessa and Emily. He later married Rosalind Tong in 1979 and they had two sons, Oscar and Rupert.
Rest in peace, Barry Humphries.