|Born||Anona Edna Wilkins
5 January 1904
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Died||2 February 1994
|Occupation||Actress, broadcaster & singer|
Born in Sydney, she studied at the Redland College For Girls and briefly considered a legal career. She then studied piano and eventually opera at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Melba Memorial Conservatorium of Music, which the latter was possible due to a scholarship from Dame Nellie Melba. Melba, who convinced her to change her name to Winn, also called her a "human flute" due to her massive range. She became disillusionined with the training, calling it the "strait-jacket of opera training", though she was thankful for Melba's guidance. She would join a touring company of The Merry Widow, but after finding it hard to be a successful singer, she would become a journalist. After playing parts varying from pantomime to Shakespeare in a repertory company, she moved to England. She played the leading part for 8 weeks in "Hit The Deck". Within a few years she had made more than 300 appearances in various radio shows including the BBC's Just a Minute. Winn was a regular in the BBC Radio version of Twenty Questions and Petticoat Line.
- 1934 On the Air
- "Obituary: Anona Winn". The Independent. London. 18 February 1994.
- Winters, Karen (2009). Memory Lane (162): 47.
- Moanin' Low: A Discography of Female Popular Vocal Recordings, 1920-1933 By Ross Laird
- Anona Winn - Life On The Wireless by Karen Winters. Memory Lane magazine Issue 162 Spring 2009
- Obituary: Anona Winn (by June Averill). Independent, 18 Feb 1994.
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