Older women are the fastest-growing cohort of homeless people in Australia today. And for many, it’s an unexpected life shock that tipped them into destitution.
She used to be on first-name terms with TV hosts Michael Parkinson and Mike Walsh, and with the superstars – Dusty, Elton, Billy, Twiggy and Ringo – who thought nothing of jetting halfway round the globe to be interviewed by them in front of record-breaking Aussie audiences.
It was the 1970s and ’80s, the heyday of the chat show and there was money to burn. Later, she worked with Mike Munro (This Is Your Life), Barry Humphries (Flashbacks), Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Paul West (River Cottage Australia), an off-camera genie coolly engineering the impossible to conjure, unmissable prime-time TV.
Growing up in Clifton, an affluent suburb of Bristol in south-west England, she’d dreamed of following her big sister into professional repertory theatre. In 1969, at the age of 18, she applied to Bristol Old Vic and was offered one of only 20 places. Jeremy Irons was in the year above her; she was mates with Pete Postlethwaite.
SOURCE: Sharon Bradley. “‘Having to ask for somewhere to live, it’s difficult indeed’: Single, female, homeless. Australia’s shameful crisis.” The Sydney Morning Herald, Feb 8, 2020.
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