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Kylie Minogue OBE

b. 1968

Kylie Minogue OBE (b. 1968), entertainment megastar, rose to local and international fame playing Charlene in the television soap Neighbours (she remains the youngest person to have won the Gold Logie). Twenty-five years later, she arguably ranks as the most popular solo female performer of all time. Her singing career began with a cover version of the 1960s song 'The Loco-Motion'. She signed a contract with the English hitmakers Stock Aitken Waterman in 1987 and made history by achieving more than 20 consecutive top ten hits in the UK. A change of record labels in 1992 ushered in a more sophisticated sound and image, as did her relationship with Michael Hutchence, who boasted of 'corrupting' her. With a sound instinct for re-invention, she has since been involved in some daring collaborations with artists including Nick Cave, Robbie Williams, Japanese pop star Towa Tei, and the Hurts. Apart from Madonna, Minogue is the only performer to have achieved UK number one hits in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, Kylie became a prominent survivor of the disease, her ordeal inspiring hope in many other women; she returned to complete her cancelled tour, Showgirl, in 2006.

Updated 2018