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Kate Fitzpatrick, 1978 (printed 2017)

Robert McFarlane

inkjet print on paper (sheet: 33.0 cm x 48.5 cm, image: 23.9 cm x 35.9 cm)

Kate Fitzpatrick (b. 1947), actor and writer, grew up in Adelaide before moving to Sydney to attend the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). After graduating in 1967 she worked as a television interviewer before winning roles in a number of key Australian television series of the 1970s, including Certain Women, Rush, Ben Hall, Boney and Homicide. Meanwhile, she acted in stage productions including The Legend of King O'Malley (1970), The Rocky Horror Show (1974), The Season at Sarsaparilla (1976), Big Toys (1977) - the latter written by Patrick White with Fitzpatrick in mind – and The Lady of the Camellias (1979). Florence Broadhurst painted her for the Archibald in 1975. A cricket enthusiast, in 1983 she became the first woman to commentate cricket on Channel Nine; her essays on cricket have been included in various sports anthologies. For four years she worked as a speechwriter for the NSW minister for the arts, and she served two terms on the board of NIDA. Her recent television credits include Something in the Air (2000-2002), Neighbours (2005-2006) and Packed to the Rafters (2008-2009). Amongst her books are Name Dropping (2004) and Airmail (2005).

Robert McFarlane photographed Kate Fitzpatrick backstage at the Paris Theatre, Sydney.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2017

Accession number: 2017.37

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Robert McFarlane (age 36 in 1978)

Kate Fitzpatrick (age 31 in 1978)

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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.