Apr 23, 2023

By Angus Gillespie

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Australian Tony Award-winning comedian Barry Humphries has died.

He was internationally renowned for his creation of Dame Edna Everage, a condescending snob whose evolving character delighted audiences for over seven decades.

His death was confirmed Saturday morning by the Sydney hospital where he spent several days with complications following hip surgery.

Humphries’ alter-ego, Dame Edna, became more outrageous as the years went on, and was famed for her lilac-rinsed hair, flamboyant glasses and catchphrase: “Hello possums!”

In 1955, Humphries introduced the character of Mrs Norman Everage, the housewife from Moonee Ponds, a suburb in Melbourne, in a university production. The creation was supposed to last only a week but went on for decades.

Humphries appeared live in Canada in 2005 at the Royal Alex here in Toronto.

Barry Humphries was 89.

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