Su Cruickshank

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Su Cruickshank
Birth name Susan Cruickshank
Born (1946-08-31)31 August 1946
Origin Australian.
Died 8 December 2009(2009-12-08) (aged 63)
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Singer, actress, writer
Instruments Voice

Su Cruickshank (born Susan Cruickshank; 31 August 1946 – 8 December 2009) was an Australian jazz singer, actress and writer. Cruickshank was regarded as one of the finest female jazz singers in Australian history.[1]

Early life[edit]

Cruickshank was born in the Hunter region of New South Wales, the eldest of four children. She grew up in the Newcastle suburb of Adamstown in a musical family. Her father played double bass and her paternal grandmother had been a singer.[1]


In the 1970s Cruickshank moved to London and worked as a singer in a variety of low-end jazz clubs. She returned to Australia in 1979 and began to rise to public prominence, notably through successfully hosting a string of Sydney's annual Jazz in the Domain summer outdoor concerts."[2]

She subsequently appeared in many Australian film and television roles and was especially well known for her role in the 1988 surprise hit (in Australia) film Young Einstein and, from 1992, for her regular appearances on Bert Newton's top-rating nationally-broadcast morning entertainment show Good Morning Australia.[3]

In 1993-4 she hosted her own talk show on ABC TV called "In Company with Su Cruickshank" and she continued to make frequent guest appearances on a wide variety of Australia drama, comedy and light entertainment programs for the rest of the decade, as well as appearing in a number of TV commercials.[2] She maintained a long-running fortnightly radio spot on the nationally broadcast ABC Local Radio Overnights program and is often remembered for her appearances on the nationally televised 'World Series Debates' that were a gala event of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in the early 1990s.[2]

A large woman, Cruickshank often made use of her size in her on-stage and on-screen personas and it became a signature part of her public image.[4]


Cruickshank suffered from a long-term illness in her last years and she died on the 8th December 2009. A memorial concert was held to celebrate her life in her home town of Newcastle a week after her death.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Cruickshank married and divorced in the 1970s and then never remarried. She had two step children to her Ghanaian partner of 8 years Effie and Saabeah Theos.[1]

Acting roles[edit]




  • Cruickshank, Su, Bring A Plate to The Mortdale Scout Hall – The Autobiography of a Fat Tart Complete with Recipes, Sun Books, 1992, ISBN 0-7251-0677-8


  1. ^ a b c Washingmachine, George (14 December 2009). "Talent came in huge servings, too". Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Vale Su Cruickshank". ABC Local Radio Overnights. ABC. 9 Dec 2009. Retrieved 26 Nov 2014. 
  3. ^ Wingate-Pearse, Gabriel (10 December 2009). "Newcastle jazz diva Su Cruickshank dies at age 63". Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  4. ^ Cruickshank, Su (1992). Bring a Plate to The Mortdale Scout Hall - The Autobiography of a Fat Tart Complete with Recipes. Chippendale: Sun Australia. ISBN 0-7251-0677-8. 
  5. ^ Carr, Matt (16 December 2009). "Musical farewell for Su Cruickshank". Retrieved 26 November 2010. 

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