Lynda Keane

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Lynda Keane
Born c. 1950
England
Other names Linda Keane
Occupation Producer, film and television actress
Years active 1960–79; 1997–2005
Spouse(s) Greg Anderson (m. 1970)
Website www.keanekids.com

Lynda Keane (born c. 1950) is a British-born Australian acting coach, producer, film and television actress. She guest starred on numerous television series during the 1960s and 70s, most notably Bellbird, Homicide, Number 96, The Box, and Prisoner.

She is the founder Lynda Keane Talent School with her husband Greg Anderson as well as the affiliated Keane Kids Management, Keane Kids Studio and Lynda Keane Studios. Among its students have included Brooke Mikey Anderson, Brett Blewitt, Brett Climo, Alyssa Jane Cook, Jamie Croft, Bree Desborough, Gavin Harrison, Matthew Krok, Toni Pearen, Paul Begaud, Charlie Robinson, Ben Unwin, Kym Valentine, Nikki Webster, Kristy Wright, Dominic, Sebastian Elmaloglue and Rebekah Elmaloglou.[1]

Career[edit]

Lynda Keane began her career as a child actor in London, performing professionally since she was 15 months old, before her family emigrated to Australia when she was ten. Her parents, at that time, owned and operated one of London's leading talent schools. She continued her career there starring in the 1960 children's series The Adventures of the Terrible Ten and its sequel The Ten Again in 1963.[2][3] She also guest starred on Bellbird,[4][5] Hey You and Homicide between 1967–69, appearing on the latter series several times.

In 1970, she married her childhood sweetheart musician Greg Anderson.[6] Keane also began to have a more active career during the 1970s with roles on The Rovers (1970), Number 96 (1972) [7][8][9] and several appearances on Division 4 and Matlock Police.

She played the regular role of dancer Barbie Gray in serial The Box from February 1974 until early 1975. She had a minor role in the television movie The Hotline (1974) [10] as well as one-time appearances on King's Men (1976) and The Outsiders (1976).[11][12]

She began to cut back on acting in order to concentrate on her career as a producer and acting teacher. In 1975, with her husband Greg Anderson, she opened "Gala Productions" and the "Lynda Keane Talent School" a year later.[6] Her success with the school would also lead to the Keane Kids Management, the Keane Kids Studio and the Lynda Keane Studios.[1] In November 1979, she traveled to New York with a group of her students, whose ages ranged between 8 to 16 years old, where they performed songs, dancing and acting performances to raise money for refugees. Keane, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, hoped to raise as much as $50,000.[13] That same year, Keane was cast as Denise "Blossom" Crabtree in the cult soap opera Prisoner. Her character was introduced as the mistress of Fred Ferguson, estranged husband of prison inmate Monica Ferguson.[14][15][16] This was followed by a guest role in Neighbours in 1998,.[17]

Keane did not make an acting appearance for 15 years. During this time she and her partner Anderson helped train many child actors of the 1980s and 90s through their talent school. In 1997, she returned to acting with minor roles in the drama film The Castle[18] and the police drama Blue Heelers.[19] From 2000 to 2005, she also made television guest appearances on Stingers,[20] The Secret Life of Us,[21] Short Cuts [22] and MDA.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Agencies: Gala Artists Management". QuietOnSet.com.au. 2006. 
  2. ^ "The Adventures of the Terrible Ten". The Memorable TV Guide to Australian TV. MemorableTV.com. 2003. Retrieved 2009-06-27. 
  3. ^ "The Adventures of The Terrible Ten (1960)". OZTV Credits. 2004. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  4. ^ "Bellbird (1967–1977)". OZTV Credits. 2004. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  5. ^ Mercado, Andrew. Super Aussie Soaps: Behind the Scenes of Australia's Best Loved TV Shows. Melbourne: Pluto Press Australia, 2004. (pg. 24) ISBN 1-86403-191-3
  6. ^ a b "Greg Anderson". Groups & Solo Artists. MILESAGO: Australasian Music & Popular Culture 1964–1975. 2003. Retrieved 2009-06-27. 
  7. ^ Zuk, T. (1998). "Number 96". Australian Television Information Archive. AustralianTelevision.net. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  8. ^ McLean, Ian (February 2000). "Number 96 episode guide: 1972 (cont.)". Number 96 Synopses. Number 96 Home Page: Celebrating Australia's cult soap opera hit of the 70s. 
  9. ^ McLean, Ian (March 2006). "Number 96 Annotated Character Guide (cont.)". Number 96 Cast List. Number 96 Home Page: Celebrating Australia's cult soap opera hit of the 70s. 
  10. ^ "The Hotline (1974)". OZTV Credits. 2004. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  11. ^ Storey, Don (2008). "The Outsiders Episode Details". ClassicAustralianTV.com. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  12. ^ "The Outsiders". The Memorable TV Guide to Australian TV. MemorableTV.com. 2003. Retrieved 2009-06-27. 
  13. ^ "Entertainers are Keane to Help." (21 November 1979). Sydney Morning Herald.
  14. ^ Kingsley, Hilary (1998-01-04). "Chapter 2: On the Inside". Prisoner Cell Block H: The Inside Story. WWWentworth.co.uk. 
  15. ^ "PCBH Characters, Section 09". WWWentworth.co.uk. 2001-03-03. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  16. ^ Museum of Broadcast Communications (2004). "Prisoner." In H. Newcomb (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Television (Vol. I, 2nd ed.). New York and London: CRC Press. (pg. 1826) ISBN 1-57958-411-X
  17. ^ "Neighbours: Show Summary". TV Shows. Retrojunk.com. 2006. 
  18. ^ Willis, John. Screen World 2000 Film Annual. Milwaukee: Hal Leonard Corporation, 2001. (pg. 252) ISBN 1-55783-431-8
  19. ^ "Blue Heelers – Season Four (1997)". OZTV Credits. 2004. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  20. ^ "Stingers – Season Three (2000)". OZTV Credits. 2004. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  21. ^ "The Secret Life Of Us – Season One (2001)". OZTV Credits. 2004. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  22. ^ "Short Cuts – Season One (2002)". OZTV Credits. 2004. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  23. ^ "MDA – Season Three (2005)". OZTV Credits. 2004. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 

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