Some of Australia’s biggest entertainers are coming to an envelope near you.
Australia Post has today announced that five of Australia’s much-loved celebrities will be immortalised on a special collection of stamps. It comes as Australia Post gears up for their 2018 Legends Awards. It’s been 22 years since the first awards, which celebrate Aussies who have made a huge impact on Australian society and encourage everyday Aussies to change the way they think of themselves and those around them.
The first legend off the rank is comedian Denise Drysdale. The 69-year-old has been a fixture in the Australian entertainment industry for decades and has appeared in an array of popular shows including Studio 10, The Circle, and The Ernie Sigley Show. She’s won the Gold Logie two times and is often affectionately referred to as ‘Ding Dong’.
Next is Kerri-Anne Kennerley. At 64, she’s spent most of her life in the spotlight and famously hosted Good Morning Australia for more than a decade. She has also appeared in a string of other successful shows and was recently inducted into the Logie Hall of Fame.
Ray Martin, 73, has five Gold Logies to his name and is praised as one of the country’s finest journalists. He’s famed for his stints on A Current Affair and 60 Minutes and has been one of the best-known faces in Australia since the 1960s.
Meanwhile, Hey Hey It’s Saturday legend Daryl Somers is also set to appear on a stamp. While the show made a brief comeback in 2009 and 2010, it initially ran for 27 years. Daryl is an award-winning presenter and has fronted an array of other successful shows throughout his career including Family Feud and Dancing With The Stars.
And last, but certainly not least, is screen legend Bert Newton. Despite a series of health scares, he’s arguably one of the biggest TV stars in Australian history. Also known as ‘Moon Face’, he and his wife Patti have been a staple on screens for decades.
Australia Post Managing Director and Group CEO Christine Holgate said the five stars did big things for the Australian entertainment industry. “Each of these multi-award winning television personalities have made unique contributions to the Australian entertainment industry and have played a role in forming our national popular culture,” she said.
“They are consummate performers who have entertained, informed and entranced generations of Australians. Together they encompass an incredible range of remarkable talents including journalism, variety hosting, interviewing, singing, acting and comedy.”
They’re not the first Aussie celebrities to be given their own stamp. Past faces who have been given the honour include Roy Emerson, Olivia Newton-John, ACDC, Molly Meldrum and Nicole Kidman, just to name a few.
The five celebs, as well as an array of other 2018 recipients will be celebrated at a lavish Australia Day Council event in Melbourne. The stamps will retail for $1 and will also be available as part of special packs and collections.
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