Barry Humphries (Dame Edna) the Australian comedian has died at the age of 89
Barry Humphries, the Australian comedian best known for his character Dame Edna Everage, has died at the age of 89. The news was confirmed by his family, who said he died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Melbourne. Humphries was a prolific performer, writer and artist, known for his irreverent humor and satirical wit.
He created a number of memorable characters over the years, but none more so than Dame Edna, a purple-haired, glasses-wearing housewife who became a global sensation. Humphries continued to perform as Dame Edna well into his 80s, and was widely regarded as one of Australia’s greatest cultural exports.
Australian entertainer Barry Humphries has passed away at the age of 89, according to a spokesperson for the hospital where he was being treated. Humphries had a career spanning seven decades and was known for his satirical characters, including Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson, which entertained generations on stage and screen. David Faktor, a spokesperson for St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, confirmed that Humphries died on Saturday evening.
Satirical Icon Barry Humphries Passes Away at 89
Australian entertainer Barry Humphries, known for his satirical characters including Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson, has died at the age of 89. Humphries had a career spanning seven decades, and was known for his work in theatre, as well as being a painter, author, poet, and art collector.
His family released a statement saying he was “an entertainer to his core” who never took his audiences for granted. Humphries had been readmitted to St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney following complications after a hip surgery last month. Tributes have flooded in for the much-loved entertainer.