Noni Hazlehurst

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Noni Hazlehurst AM
Born Leonie Elva Hazlehurst
(1953-08-17) 17 August 1953 (age 61)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Spouse(s) John Jarratt (? - ?)
Partner(s) Ian Marden (? - present)
Children Charlie Jarratt
William Jarratt

Leonie Elva Hazlehurst, commonly known as Noni Hazlehurst AM (born 17 August 1953 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) is an Australian film and television actress.

Early life[edit]

Hazlehurst was born in Melbourne in 1953. After attending St Leonard's College in Brighton East, Victoria, Hazlehurst completed a Bachelor of Arts in 1973 at Flinders University in Adelaide. She has studied ballet, singing, piano, speech and drama. In the 1980s and 1990s, much of her work had concentrated on children's television.

Television work[edit]

Hazlehurst began as an actress in television serials produced by Crawford Productions. She initially played the ongoing role of Sharon Lewis in The Box in 1975 before joining the original cast of The Sullivans as Lil Duggan in late 1976. She was a Play School presenter from 1978 to 2001, and has been an Ambassador for Children's Week since 1991. She has also worked extensively to provide fun and education for children. Hazlehurst has recorded several albums and spoken work cassettes and is a respected performer, presenter, writer and director whose work extends across all media, theatre, film, radio and television.

In the 1990s she also hosted the Seven Networks Better Homes and Gardens, a lifestyle show which is affiliated with a monthly magazine of the same name. In December 2004, she left the show to make three films, including Little Fish with Sam Neill and Hugo Weaving. Other TV roles included the title role in the 1987 telemovie Nancy Wake.

In 2006, she starred in ABC's telemovie Stepfather of the Bride. From 2007-2011, she played Detective Superintendent Bernice Waverley on Channel Seven crime drama City Homicide. In 2010, she was a guest on The 7PM Project on Network Ten. In July 2011, as part of a rapidly growing internet meme, she read the book Go the Fuck to Sleep to camera in the style she formerly used on Play School. She immediately offered to record a reading of the book after being sent a copy by the publisher.,[1] In 2013, she appears as Elizabeth Bligh in the 1950s-set Australian melodrama A Place to Call Home on the Seven Network, playing the wealthy matriarch of the family.

Film work[edit]

Hazlehurst has had starring roles in Australian films since the 1980s (including roles in Fatty Finn, Monkey Grip (including a nude scene), Fran and Australian Dream). She starred in Little Fish in 2005, Candy in 2006, and Bitter & Twisted in 2008.

Radio work[edit]

Hazlehurst is a regular fill in presenter on 774 ABC Melbourne.


Awards and nominations[edit]

Australian Film Institute Awards[edit]

  • 1981: Nominated — Best Actress in a Lead Role (for Fatty Finn)
  • 1982: Won — Best Actress in a Lead Role (for Monkey Grip)
  • 1985: Won — Best Actress in a Lead Role (for Fran)
  • 2000: Won — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Telefeature or Mini-Series (for Waiting at the Royal)
  • 2005: Won — Best Supporting Actress (for Little Fish)
  • 2006: Nominated — Best Supporting Actress (for Candy)
  • 2008: Nominated — Best Actress (for Bitter & Twisted)

Logie Awards[edit]

National Honours[edit]

Hazlehurst has also been an ambassador for Barnardo's Mother of the Year.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Hazlehurst's first marriage was to Kevin Dobson; they married in the 1970s and divorced around 1980. She then married actor John Jarratt, with whom she had two sons Charlie and William. They both worked on the set of Better Homes and Gardens, but divorced in the late 1990s. Noni continued on the show for a few years after their divorce.

Hazlehurst lives in Victoria with her two teenage sons, Charlie and William, and her partner Ian Marden.[4] The latter son, William, has gone to be a vocalist in Melbourne metal-core band Storm the Sky.

Cultural references[edit]

In 1994 a painting of Hazlehurst by artist Rosemary Valadon titled Noni Hazlehurst — Summer '94 Waiting Again was a finalist in the Archibald Prize.

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