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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

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Michael Leunig, Barry Humphries and John Clarke at Mietta's, 1989 (printed 2013)

Helga Leunig

inkjet print on paper (sheet: 29.7 cm x 42.0 cm, image: 23.5 cm x 35.3 cm)

Barry Humphries AC CBE (b. 1934), actor, writer and artist, is the world’s all-time most successful solo theatrical performer. After studying law at the University of Melbourne, Humphries joined the Melbourne Theatre Company. In 1955 he created his suburban archetypes Mrs Edna Everage, a Moonee Ponds mother and housewife, her long-suffering husband Norm, and the washed-out, ruminative Sandy Stone. Since the late 1950s Humphries has performed in his own one-man shows in Australia, the UK, Europe and the USA, and Edna Everage’s wild vigour has carried her through such triumphs as Housewife, Super-star; Edna, the Spectacle; and Dame Edna the Royal Tour. In 2000 Humphries won a Special Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, a Theatre World Award, and an Outer Critics’ Circle Award. He was the subject of the Australian National Portrait Gallery’s first large-scale biographical exhibition in 2002; the following year, he was the voice of Bruce, the shark, in the animated film Finding Nemo and gained an honorary doctorate from the University of Melbourne. His many books include two different autobiographies, More Please (1992) and My Life as Me (2002). In 2012 he announced that the touring show Eat Pray Laugh would be his last.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Helga Leunig 2013
© Helga Leunig

Accession number: 2013.73

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Helga Leunig

Barry Humphries (age 55 in 1989)

Michael Leunig (age 44 in 1989)

John Clarke (age 41 in 1989)

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John Clarke, 2004 Julian Kingma
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Michael Leunig, 2004 Jacqueline Mitelman
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Michael Leunig, 2004 Jacqueline Mitelman
Michael Leunig, 2004 Jacqueline Mitelman

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.