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Jeanne Little

1994 (printed 2021)
Robin Sellick

inkjet print on paper (image: 120 cm x 103 cm, sheet: 126 cm x 113.2 cm)

Australian entertainer Jeanne Little OAM (1938–2020) was known for her over-the-top personality and flamboyant outfits, greeting everyone with her catchphrase 'Daaahling'. Born in Sydney, the youngest of seven children to a single mother, Little started making her own clothes as a child. At the age of 36 and eight months pregnant with daughter Katie, she was photographed in her elephant-print maternity dress for The Daily Mirror. Producers saw the image and invited her to appear on the Mike Walsh Show. Her guest spot quickly turned into a regular role, where she appeared in her own outrageous designs and showed her flair for comedy. She won a Gold Logie just two years after her first appearance and was soon the highest paid woman on Australian television. In 1985 she continued on its successor Midday with Ray Martin and was later a regular panellist on Beauty and the Beast until the mid-2000s. She also had a successful career in musical theatre and toured for years with her one-woman show Marlene: A tribute to Dietrich. Little died in 2020 after a decade-long battle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Robin Sellick photographed Little in her Paddington home in 1994 for Who Weekly magazine. In this boisterous close-up Sellick has captured her vivacious personality and energy. Like Little, this photo stands out in a crowd.

Purchased 2021
© Robin Sellick

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Artist and subject

Robin Sellick (age 27 in 1994)

Jeanne Little OAM (age 56 in 1994)

Subject professions

Performing arts

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