Jo Beth Taylor
Jo Beth Taylor (born Joanne Guilfoyle on 29 May 1971 in Perth, Australia) is an Australian television personality most well known for hosting three weekly programs on the Nine Network at the same time between 1993 and 1997: Australia's Funniest Home Video Show, What's Up Doc? and Hey Hey It's Saturday, before taking a hiatus from television for more than two years.
Taylor returned to television in 2000 as the host of StarStruck, another Nine Network program, which was to be her last role until Dirty Jobs in 2007. Taylor also had a music career in the early 1990s with the release of an album and four singles.
- 1 Life and career
- 1.1 1971–1993: Early life and music career beginnings
- 1.2 1993–1998: Australia's Funniest Home Video Show, Hey Hey It's Saturday and nervous breakdown
- 1.3 1999–2001: Return to television and Happy Days: The Arena Mega Musical
- 1.4 2002–2009: Further hiatus, radio work and minor television roles
- 1.5 2010–present: Dancing with the Stars and second television return
- 2 Filmography
- 3 Discography
- 4 External links
- 5 References
Life and career
1971–1993: Early life and music career beginnings
Taylor began singing when she was five years old, and at the age of 13 began performing professionally when she started her career with the television program Perth's Young Entertainers. When she was 17, she joined a band named Street Cafe and played regularly around Perth.
Alan Laguda from Street Cafe was originally from Melbourne and talked Jo Beth and the band and crew into moving there. Jo Beth recorded a demo tape, which found its way into the hands of Molly Meldrum, who immediately signed her to Melodian records.
In 1990 Taylor toured with Indecent Obsession as the support act for Debbie Gibson. The two became firm friends and Gibson invited Taylor to go to New York, where she then lived for a year. Gibson wrote and produced five tracks on her debut album 99 Reasons.
While in New York she also worked with Jelly Benetez who produced five tracks on her album.
Taylor began a pop career in the early 1990s, releasing the single 99 Reasons in 1991. The song hit the Australian Top 40, peaking at #31. Taylor's debut album was also titled "99 Reasons".
"You Don't Own Me" was released as the second single, whilst 1993 also saw the release of the song "A Prayer For Jane". The lyrics of the song were about a friend of Taylor's who committed suicide. The song reached #61 on the Australian Charts.
1993–1998: Australia's Funniest Home Video Show, Hey Hey It's Saturday and nervous breakdown
In February 1993, Taylor took over the hosting role of the top-rating Nine Network program Australia's Funniest Home Video Show. This made Taylor not only the sole woman to be hosting a prime-time show in Australia, but at just 22 years old she was the youngest.
Taylor also sang the opening theme song to Australia's Funniest Home Video Show, titled "The Funny Things You Do".
In 1996, whilst still hosting on Funniest Home Videos Taylor earned the role of co-host on the long running variety program Hey Hey It's Saturday following the departure of Ernie Carroll's Ossie Ostrich.
On a number of occasions Taylor would host the entire Hey Hey show on her own if Daryl Somers were away, and would regularly perform music on the program. She was with the team when they celebrated their 25th Anniversary of the show at Disneyworld.
In mid-1997 Taylor's time as host on Funniest Home Videos and co-host on Hey Hey came to an abrupt end when she suffered a nervous breakdown. Taylor finished both programs without warning, prompting emergency replacements.
Taylor moved to California and remained out of the public eye for more than two years, before returning to Australia in mid-1999. Upon her return she revealed in an interview with Ray Martin that her disappearance from television was due to a nervous breakdown.
1999–2001: Return to television and Happy Days: The Arena Mega Musical
Also in 1999, she joined the cast of the Australian stage production, "Happy Days: The Arena Mega Musical". Taylor played Laura, a character created for the stage show, who was in cahoots with Jon Stevens' Frank (also an original character) to put the famous diner out of business.
The music selected for the Happy Days production was almost entirely from the 1960s. Taylor's songs included "Stand By Me", "You Don't Own Me" and "Tell Him".
In 2000, Taylor hosted Starstruck, an Australian Saturday night talent quest show, in what was her final television role for more than seven years.
2002–2009: Further hiatus, radio work and minor television roles
Since 2002 Taylor made minimal television appearances; besides as a guest on Greeks On The Roof in 2003 and on Australia Unites: Reach Out to Asia in 2005, a joint venture by the Seven, Nine, and Ten networks to raise money for the Boxing Day Tsunami.
In 2006, she moved to Queensland and joined Noosa's radio station Zinc 96.1 FM morning crew with Jamie Dunn and Agro. As of mid-2007 she no longer appears on the Zinc FM website. There has been no official announcement regarding her departure.
2010–present: Dancing with the Stars and second television return
On the 13 November 2010 episode of Hey Hey It's Saturday Jo Beth returned to the show as a contestant during one of the game segments. She returned again on 27 November 2010 to judge Red Faces on the series finale.
|1993–1997||Australia's Funniest Home Video Show||Host||Became the youngest female to present on prime time TV in Australia|
|1995–1997||Hey Hey It's Saturday||Co-Host||Returned for the final show in November 1999|
|1996–1997||What's Up Doc?||Host||Filled in for the regular hosts on occasion over this period|
|1996||40 Years of Television||Host||Nine Network Special Presentation|
|2000||StarStruck||Host||Hosted first season only|
|2003||Greeks On The Roof||Herself||Appeared in one episode, interview and performance|
|2005||Australia Unites: Reach Out To Asia||Herself||Joint venture between Seven Network, Nine Network and Network Ten|
|2007||Dirty Jobs||Presenter||First regular television role in seven years|
|2009||Mornings With Kerri-Anne||Presenter||Infomercial presenter for travel segments|
|Hey Hey It's Saturday: The Reunion||Herself||Returned for the second reunion show on 7 October|
|2010||Dancing with the Stars||Contestant||Eliminated 3rd|
|You Don't Own Me||
|1993||A Prayer For Jane||61||
|1996||I Love My Dog||95||