Annita van Iersel
|Annita van Iersel|
|Born||Anna Johanna Maria van Iersel
5 October 1948
Oisterwijk, Noord Brabant, Netherlands
|Alma mater||Australian National School of Arts|
|Spouse(s)||Paul Keating (1975-2008, divorced)|
Born in Oisterwijk, Noord Brabant, Netherlands, she studied languages in Paris and London. She worked at KLM as a flight attendant. While working with Alitalia, she met Keating, then an aspiring young politician. They married on 17 January 1975. Her parents later joined her in Australia.
In 1998, Annita and Paul Keating separated. That same year she enrolled in a Master of Fine Arts course, majoring in photography, at the Australian National School of Arts in Darlinghurst, Sydney. She graduated in 2001. In March 2008 she was scheduled to exhibit a series of paintings - oils on Belgian linen - that she created in her studio on the Hawkesbury River. They did not formally divorce until 2008, though she had resumed her maiden name of van Iersel long before then.
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|Spouse of the Prime Minister of Australia
20 December 1991-11 March 1996
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