Kate Fischer

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Kate Fischer
Born Kate Fischer
(1973-11-30) 30 November 1973 (age 42)
Adelaide, South Australia
Other names Katie Fischer, Tzipporah Malka bat Israel
Occupation Model,
television actor
Parent(s) Pru Goward and Alastair Fischer

Kate Fischer, aka Katie Fischer and current legal name Tzipporah Malka bat Israel (Hebrew: קייט פישר, ציפורה מלכה בת ישראל‎‎, born 30 November 1973), is an Australian model and actress.

Early years[edit]

Kate Fischer was born on 30 November 1973 in Adelaide, South Australia, the daughter of later politician Pru Goward and university lecturer Alastair Fischer. Her siblings are Penny Fischer and Alice Barnett. She attended the Canberra Girls' Grammar School.



In 1988, at the age of 14, Kate Fischer won the Dolly Magazine Covergirl of the Year competition[1] and was touted as the next Elle Macpherson. By the early 1990s, she had become a high-profile model working in Sydney[2] Fischer appeared on the cover of Vogue Australia four times (including November 1993) and also scored covershoots for GQ, Black & White Magazine[3] and Elle Magazine.[4] In 2005-2006, Fischer was the face of AMP Capital Shopping Centres in Australia.[3]

Film and television[edit]

In 1993, Fischer embarked on an acting career and she scored a role in the Australian film Sirens, playing, alongside Elle Macpherson and Portia de Rossi,[5] one of the three life models of painter Norman Lindsay.[6] In 1995, Fischer was recruited for an ongoing role in the Ten Network TV soap opera Echo Point which aired for six months.[7] In the mid-1990s, she appeared in several of the Elle McFeast (Libbi Gorr) comedy specials on ABC-TV such as Breasts (1996) and The Whitlam Dismissal (1996).[8]

For two years (1996-1997), Fischer was the host of the Looney Tunes cartoon show What's Up Doc? on Channel Nine. In 1997, she appeared in the Australian film Dust Off the Wings, a drama set amidst Sydney's surfing culture,[9] and in 2000 starred in the horror film Blood Surf, filmed in South Africa.[10]

Fischer starred as a blind girl who is courted by a struggling comedian in the Australian film comedy The Real Thing (2002)[11] and had a small role as a CIA agent in the Steven Seagal direct-to-video action film The Foreigner (2003), the latter filmed in Poland.[12] In 2002, Fischer appeared in three episodes of the Channel 7 medical drama series All Saints.[13]

In 2005 Fischer resurfaced on the Nine Network's Celebrity Overhaul, a show in which celebrities try to regain their fitness through good diet and exercise habits.[3]

In May 2006 Fischer appeared as a guest judge on the SBS program Song For The Socceroos and as a contestant on the Channel 7 TV Show It Takes Two. That same year, she also made a guest appearance on the first series of The Chaser's War on Everything on ABC-TV.

In late 2006, she became the host of the short-lived weekly clip show Top 40 Celebrity Countdown on Channel 7, a rival program to Channel 9's 20 to 1.[14]

In 2007, she filmed a short comedy video Supermodel Hotdog which aired on YouTube. The sketch, filmed at her LA apartment, self-satirised her popular image as a celebrity and aspiring movie star.[15][16]

Cultural references[edit]

In 1997, a portrait of Fischer by Australian painter Paul Newton was a finalist in the annual Archibald Prize exhibition, entitled Kate and Barbie and is now in James Packer's private art collection. Newton also painted another portrait of Fischer that same year entitled Homage to Madame X, the work now owned by her mother, Pru Goward.[17]

She is referred to in Kate: Fischer of Men, a spoken word diatribe by Australian rockband TISM on the album Att: Shock Records Faulty Pressing Do Not Manufacture, a bonus disc that was included with their 1998 album.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Fischer was engaged to wealthy businessman James Packer until the couple separated in 1998 after 5 years together and a two-year engagement.[19] Since 1998, Fischer has spent much of her time living in the United States.[20]

Fischer is now an American citizen and formally converted to Orthodox Judaism,[20] and has changed her name to Tzipporah Malka bat Israel.[21][22]

In 2005, Fischer was quoted in an interview in the weekly Australian magazine Woman's Day that she had previously suffered from eating disorders during her career as a model and an actress.[23]

Fischer has described herself as a political conservative and is a supporter of the US Republican Party and the Australian Liberal Party.[20]

Film and TV roles[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.mamamia.com.au/news/why-mia-freedman-axed-the-dolly-modelling-contes/
  2. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/fashion/political-genes-that-put-new-faces-to-the-name-20120331-1w52m.html
  3. ^ a b c http://www.saxton.com.au/kate-fischer/
  4. ^ http://www.antonellagambottoburke.com/BiographyPublished.htm
  5. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturepicturegalleries/9042472/Model-turned-actress.html?image=3
  6. ^ http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19940311/REVIEWS/403110305/1023
  7. ^ http://televisionau.com/feature-articles/tvs-hall-of-shame
  8. ^ http://shop.abc.net.au/products/elle-mcfeast-special
  9. ^ http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/160137/Dust-Off-the-Wings/overview
  10. ^ http://www.cultreviews.com/reviews/blood-surf-krocodylus/
  11. ^ http://www.innersense.com.au/mif/amis.html
  12. ^ http://www.beyondhollywood.com/the-foreigner-2003-movie-review/
  13. ^ http://www.australiantelevision.net/as/articles/perfectpatient.html
  14. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/news/tv-reviews/top-40-celebrity-countdown/2006/12/13/1165685734682.html
  15. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/hotdog-kates-new-role/story-e6frewyr-1111113453745
  16. ^ http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/kate-fischers-mad-video/story-e6frea6u-1111113470548
  17. ^ http://www.paulnewton.com.au/commissions/commissions.htm
  18. ^ http://www.discogs.com/TISM-wwwtismwankercom/master/251735
  19. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/the-once-svelte-kate-fischer-stacks-on-the-pounds/story-e6freuy9-1226060334230
  20. ^ a b c Sydney Morning Herald, 30 July 2010, Kate follows family to Judaism
  21. ^ Davies, Rebecca (10 August 2010) "Australian model converts to Judaism". Digital Spy, Retrieved 29 May 2011
  22. ^ Kate Fischer: Why I went into hiding
  23. ^ Kate's Weight Woes: Woman's Day (Australian Consolidated Press);10/24/2005, Vol. 57 Issue 43, p40

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