Dame Edna

Celebrity pseudonym of Australian comedian Barry Humphries who was popular down-under and in England for his female impersonation of Dame Edna Everage. Garbed in flamboyant glasses, jewelry and lavender wigs, Dame Edna had a fun and informal interview style, that sometimes bordered on the bawdy.


In the fall of 1991, this outrageous female impersonator starred in his own NBC specials entitled “Dame Edna’s Hollywood,” which featured a number of bawdy conversation with Hollywood celebrities including Burt Reynolds, Mel Gibson, Bea Arthur, Barry Manilow, Cesar Romero, Larry Hagman, Sean Young, Jack Palance and Cher.

A January 1993 special “Edna Time” on the Fox network starred Roseanne and Tom Arnold, Luke Perry and Supermodel Kathy Ireland.

On the 4/15/2002 episode “Love is All Around” on the legal dramedy ALLY MCBEAL/FOX/1997-2002, Humphries reprised his persona as Dame Edna to play a character named Claire Otoms, a rich (and butt ugly women) who is advised by her lawyers to get a pre-nuptial agreement before she gets married.

See also  – “The Hag of Haute Couture


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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