Toni Lamond

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Toni Lamond
Toni Lamond in The Pajama Game.jpg
Lamond in The Pajama Game (1957)
Background information
Birth namePatricia Lamond Lawman
Also known asLolly Legs (nickname)
Born (1932-03-29) 29 March 1932 (age 90)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Vaudeville
  • musical theatre
  • television
  • radio
  • cabaret
  • singer
  • actress
  • dancer
  • comedienne
  • writer
Years active1942–present

Patricia Lamond Lawman AM (born 29 March 1932), professionally known as Toni Lamond, is an Australian vaudevillian, cabaret performer, singer, actress, dancer, and comedian, she has had a successful career locally and internationally including in the United States and United Kingdom[1]

She was given the nickname of "Lolly-Legs Lamond" by actor Noel Ferrier, after being voted as having the second-best pair of legs in television while appearing on TV show In Melbourne Tonight.[2]

Lamond started her career as a variety entertainer at only ten and was the first woman in the world to host a midday show. The second was her younger half-sister Helen Reddy. [3]

She appeared in the series Number 96 as Karen Winters in a controversial "Black Mass" storyline[4]


Early life[edit]

Lamond was born in Sydney, Australia in 1932, as Patricia Lamond Lawman. She learned to tap dance at 8 and began her professional career at the age of 10 when she sang on the radio while touring with her vaudevillian parents in variety shows, which included her actress mother Stella Lamond and father Joe Lawman.

Theatre and variety[edit]

Her first stage performances were at the Tivoli Theatre in Sydney. Her first performances as a leading lady were with English comedian Tommy Trinder in The Tommy Trinder Show in 1952.[5]

She has starred in Australian productions of Oliver!, Annie Get Your Gun, The Pajama Game, and Gypsy: A Musical Fable,


Lamond was a regular in a number of 1970s television shows, such as Number 96 and Graham Kennedy's In Melbourne Tonight.[2] She later compèred her own IMT, becoming the first woman in the world to compère a variety television show.[3]

In 1986, she appeared on the US television fiction crime series Murder, She Wrote starring Angela Lansbury in the episode "Murder in the Electric Cathedral". She also appeared in films including telemovies and features such as the 2007 Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance.

International career, recordings and stage[edit]

Lamond travelled to the United Kingdom, where she appeared in the British night club circuit and on BBC-TV and BBC Radio. She also recorded two singles for record label; Philips in London.[3] In the mid 1970s, Lamond moved to Los Angeles, where she appeared in musicals and television shows. She debuted on the New York stage with a production Cabaret at the age of 67. On her return to Australia in the mid 1990s, she performed in shows including 42nd Street, The Pirates of Penzance, and My Fair Lady.

In April–May 2008, she appeared in an autobiographical one-woman show, Times of My Life (co-written with her son Tony Sheldon, at the Seymour Centre in Sydney.[6]


Lamond has written several autobiographical books, including First Half (1990), Along the Way (2002), and Still a Gypsy (2007). The first book went to the top of the bestseller list in eight days.[7]

In July 2010, Lamond was a headline act in the inaugural Melbourne Cabaret Festival.

Notable work[edit]

She joined the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra with Trisha Crowe, Michael Falzon, Amanda Harrison, Lucy Maunder, Andy Conaghan, and others to record I Dreamed A Dream: The Hit Songs Of Broadway for ABC Classics, released on 21 June 2013.[8] Lamond sang "Send in the Clowns" from Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music.

Stage (selection)[edit]

Sources: Austage, IBDB

Year Show Role Notes
1957 The Pajama Game Babe Williams Australasian Tour
1959 For Amusement Only Herself Theatre Royal, Sydney
1963 Wildcat Wildcat Jackson Princess Theatre, Melbourne
1966 Oliver! Nancy Australian Tour
1971 Anything Goes Reno Sweeney Richbrooke Theatre, Sydney
1975 Gypsy Rose Australian Tour
1978 Annie Various (u/s Miss Hannigan) USA - Second national tour
1985 Madonna and Child Herself Performed at off-Broadway Theatre, NSW, with Tony Sheldon
1989 42nd Street Maggie Jones Australian Tour
1994 The Pirates of Penzance Ruth Australian tour and 1994 TV movie
1996 My Fair Lady Mrs Pearce Lyric Theatre, Brisbane
1998 Dream Kitchen Betty One-woman play directed by son, Tony Sheldon
1998 Follies Sally Durant Plummer Sydney Opera House
2004 High Society Mother Lord The Production Company
2010 Love, Loss, and What I Wore Various Sydney Opera House

Selected Television[edit]

Year Title Role
1972 I'm Alright Now (TV series) unknown
1972 Number 96 (TV series) Karen Winters (10 episodes)
1973 The True Blue Show(TV series) unknown
1974 Division 4 (TV series) Janie Gibson
1974 Mac and Merle (TV series) ?
1975 The Unisexers (TV series) Mrs. Lewis
1977 Starsky and Hutch (TV series) Miss Willoughby
1977 The Bob Newhart Show (TV series) Mrs. Doris Petersen
1979 Eight Is Enough (TV series) Miss Dreissen
1982 Three's Company (TV series) Patient
1984 Punky Brewster (TV series) 1985
1985 The Love Boat Mrs. Burton
1986 Murder She Wrote (TV series) Ab-Lib Woman
1986 Auntie Dier
1987 Starman (TV series) Edna
1987 The Tortillas (TV series) Mrs. Hamilton
1987 Running From the Guns Davie's Mum
1987 Highway to Heaven (TV series) Maggie, Note: Billed here as Tony Lamond
1989 How Wonderful (TV movie) ?
1991 Spotswood Miss Lorna Ball
1992 Fish Police (TV series) Voice
1992 Capital Critters (TV series) Voice
1994 Pirate sof Penzance (TV movie) Ruth
1997 Fallen Angels (TV series)
2007 Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance Sherry Leonard

Awards and honours[edit]

Association Award Year Results
Logie Awards Most Popular Victorian Personality 1962 Won
Variety Club of Australia Award Entertainment Award Honoured
Mo Award Entertainment Award Honoured
Government honour Key to the City of Melbourne 1993 Honoured
List of Woman Shaping the Nation 2000 Honoured
Government of Australia Centenary Medal for Service to the Arts Community 2001 Honoured
Australian Government Order of Australia (AM) for "Service to the Entertainment Industry and service to the community through fundraising, including the Guide Dog Association of NSW and Canberra 2003 Honoured
Helpmann Awards JC Williamson Award Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to the Live Performance sector and Theatre 2011 Honoured
Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance Equity Sector Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 Honoured





Actors Equity president Simon Burke says: "Toni is a truly legendary Australian performer whose phenomenal career has spanned vaudeville, musical theatre, television, and cabaret. She is also a wonderful human being who has given back to her community, to her colleagues, and to her industry in every way she can."[13]

Personal life and family[edit]

Lamond has a significant pedigree within the Australian performing arts. She is the daughter of Stella Lamond (Homicide and Bellbird) and Joe Lawman, both vaudeville entertainers. Her parents divorced when she was seven and Stella remarried Max Reddy (Homicide). She is a half-sister to the late singer Helen Reddy, whom she raised as a surrogate mother while their parents were performing. [14] She married Frank Sheldon in 1954, but in 1966 shortly after a separation, he killed himself. An addiction to prescription drugs followed, and she was a patient at Chelmsford Private Hospital, where she underwent deep sleep therapy. She overcame and publicly discussed the issue in an episode of The Mike Walsh Show, becoming one of the first Australian media personalities to do so.

Her son is actor and writer Tony Sheldon.


  1. ^ Toni Lamond at IMDb
  2. ^ a b "Toni Lamond". Talking Heads (transcript of interview with Peter Thompson. 17 October 2005.
  3. ^ a b c d "Toni Lamond".
  4. ^ Giles, Nigel. Number 96: Australian TV's Most Notorious Address. ISBN 9781925556001.
  5. ^ a b "Toni Lamond". The Arts Centre, Melbourne. May 2003. Retrieved 23 April 2008.
  6. ^ "Hear 'em roar: 'We're sisters, not rivals'". Sydney Morning Herald. 18 April 2008.
  7. ^ "Toni Lamond – A Great Entertainer". ABC Radio National. 9 July 2002.
  8. ^ "I Dreamed a Dream: Hit Songs from Broadway". © 2013 Universal Music Australia Pty Limited. Archived from the original on 8 October 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Toni Lamond". School of Arts Cafe.
  10. ^ "It's an Honour: Centenary Medal".
  11. ^ It's an Honour: Member of the Order of Australia
  12. ^ Wright, Maryann (2 August 2011). "Mary's a perfect Poppins - musical scoops annual Helpmann Awards". News Limited (News Corporation). Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  13. ^ "Toni Lamond AM honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award". Archived from the original on 28 October 2014.
  14. ^ "Toni Lamond AM".

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