|Birth name||Jeanne Mitchell|
11 May 1938 |
|Spouse||Barry Little (m. 1971)|
Jeanne Little (born Jeanne Mitchell; 11 May 1938) is a Gold Logie-award-winning Australian entertainer and TV personality, now retired.
Little was born in Sydney, Australia. She made her television debut on Network Ten's Mike Walsh Show in September 1974. Invited on as a guest showcasing designer maternity clothes, Little quickly became a regular, eventually (after a stint at Channel Seven) moving with the Walsh Show to Channel Nine. The Seven Network had attempted two short-lived shows featuring Little's unique talents: Jeanne's Little Show (a variety/chat series) and Cuckoo in the Nest, a situation comedy in which she played a wacky Auntie Mame-type character. As part of the Mike Walsh Show team again, Little wowed and won audiences for the next 15 years.
She was a guest on the Midday with Ray Martin and her appearance on the BBC's Michael Parkinson variety show so startled London critics she had the London Evening News saying: "What a woman! With her in the house you wouldn't want a TV." Among the overseas guests she has appeared with are Phyllis Diller, George Burns and Danny La Rue.
In 1976 Little won the Gold Logie for most popular television personality and has won two other Logies for her work on the Mike Walsh Show. She performed at the Royal Command Bicentennial Concert before the Prince and Princess of Wales. Her stage career took off with Jerry's Girls where American director John Frost teamed Jeanne with Marcia Hines, Debra Byrne and Judi Connelli. Then came Legends with Kerrie Biddell, Toni Lamond and Nancye Hayes at the Sydney Opera House.
Marlene, Little's one woman tribute to Marlene Dietrich toured Australia and the US to critical acclaim, followed by More of a Little, which was filled with songs and chat.
In the late 90s through to the mid-2000s Little appeared on the panel discussion show Beauty and the Beast.
In February 2011, it was announced Little was suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, first diagnosed in 2009 and is being cared for in a nursing home. In August 2014, family members advised that Little's illness had advanced to the stage that she "no longer knows where she is or what’s going on around her".
Little married interior decorator, Barry Little, in 1971. Their daughter, Katie Little Poulton, runs her own graphic arts studio One of a Kind with her husband Tim and is patron of the Jeanne Little Alzheimer's Research Fund which has been set up in her mother's honour to raise funds for research into this illness.
- Williams, Glen (28 April 2008). "Jeanne's TV Week Logies frocks rock!". Woman's Day. ACP Magazines. Archived from the original on 3 May 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2009.What did winning a Gold Logie in 1976 mean to you? Well daaahling, I was in total shock. Absolute shock, I thought, "What me? Winning a Gold Logie? For Heaven's sake this is ridiculous, there's been a mistake."
- Jeannie Little's Battle Retrieved 6 February 2011.
- Knox, David (26 August 2014). "Jeanne Little's family says her condition has deteriorated". TV Tonight. TV Tonight. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
- O'Brien, Siobhan (2006). Hello Darling! the Jeanne Little story. Sydney, NSW: Allen & Unwin. p. 102. ISBN 978-1-74114-802-2.
- "Australian Honours 2001". Australian Government. Retrieved 3 June 2008.
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