Edith Bliss

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Edith Bliss
Birth name Eda Bliss
Also known as Edith Tanner
Born (1959-09-28)28 September 1959
Brisbane, Australia
Died 3 May 2012(2012-05-03) (aged 52)
Sydney, Australia
Genres Pop music
Occupation(s) Singer, television presenter

Edith Bliss (28 September 1959 – 3 May 2012)[1] was an Australian singer and television presenter.[2][3]

She was born Eda Bliss in Brisbane and studied at the University of Queensland before moving to Sydney in 1979. There she initially worked as manager of an upmarket shoe store. In 1979, she reportedly accompanied a friend to provide moral support at a singing audition, and she was asked to also audition. She did, and won a contract with ATV Northern Publishing. Under the supervision of Chris Gilbey she began recording. Later that year she released her debut single, "If It's Love You Want", on the Grundy Organisation "GO" label, which peaked at #24 on the Australian chart.[4] She subsequently released two more singles, "Heart of Stone" (#86 Aus[4]) and "Two Single Beds" (#79 Aus[4]), before releasing the album Sheer Bliss, in 1980.[2] "If It's Love You Want", released in November 1979, was written by Allan Caswell and Brian Caswell.[5]

On the verge of releasing a new single, written by Steve Kilbey of The Church, Bliss opted for a career in television. She was employed as a reporter on the children's series Simon Townsend's Wonder World [2] which began in 1979. In 1984 Bliss and another reporter, Phillip Tanner, reported from Rome for Wonder World.[6]

Bliss later married Wonder World sound mixer, Mark Tanner; they had four children, Eden, Madison, Harrison and Lawson. In 2006, she appeared (under her married name) as a contestant on the final episode of game show Wheel of Fortune, and won. She also appeared on Where Are They Now on the Seven Network, for a Wonder World reunion in 2006.[7] She died of lung cancer in 2012.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Bliss is making a new record.". The Australian Women's Weekly. Sydney: National Library of Australia. 2 January 1980. p. 10. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Atterton, Margot. (Ed.) The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Australian Showbiz, Sunshine Books, 1984. ISBN 0-86777-057-0, p. 86.
  3. ^ Mccabe, Kathy (2010-02-25). "Aussie pop singer Edith Bliss dies". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  4. ^ a b c Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 37. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  5. ^ Bliss indeed. The Age: 2 November 1979, p. 2.
  6. ^ Watson, Bronwyn. "Young guide" column. The Sydney Morning Herald "The Guide" supplement: 17 September 1984, p. 16.
  7. ^ Michael Idato (17 April 2006). "Hotel booking". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  8. ^ Edith Bliss to be farewelled in Sydney, noise11.com; accessed 1 July 2015.
  9. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2350512/bio, imdb.com; accessed 1 March 2017.

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