|Born||Frederick Ehrenfried Baume
29 May 1900
Auckland, New Zealand
|Died||24 April 1967
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Occupation||Australian journalist, radio, actor and talk show host|
Eric Baume was born Frederick Ehrenfried Baume in Auckland, New Zealand in 1900 to a father of the same name who was a lawyer and politician. Eric moved to Sydney in the early 1920s and worked for as editor for several papers. At this time he developed what was to become a lifelong addiction to gambling, which kept the family in debt for decades.
He hosted a radio series titled This I Believe. A television version aired on ATN-7 from 3 December 1956 to circa 27 July 1958.
He also hosted a short-lived show on ATN-7 on Sundays titled State Your Case during 1957.
He is well remembered as "The Beast" in the Australian TV talk show Beauty and the Beast, where his gruff style compared to the ladies on the panel kept the ratings high.
In 1966 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
Baume died in 1967. His debts considerably exceeded his assets.
- KELLY AND GLAZER BUY 'HALF CASTE': Australian Novel to Serve as Basis for First of Their Two United Artists Pictures Brandt Engages Lavery Of Local Origin Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 05 Sep 1946: 34.
- "Eric Baume's Brother Suddenly Leaves Job". Daily News (Sydney). 1, (31). New South Wales, Australia. 6 January 1939. p. 2. Retrieved 29 October 2017 – via National Library of Australia.