Colleen Clifford

Eileen Margaret (17 November 1898 – 7 April 1996), better known as Colleen Clifford, was a British-born Australian musician, stage, film and television actress. In a career spanning nearly seven decades, she was one of the most popular actresses in both British and Australian theatre and the last-surviving member of Sydney's "grand dames". She was also an early radio and television performer for the BBC during the 1930s hosting cabaret and variety shows, and during the Second World War, in news broadcasting and war concerts. Clifford was, at one time, featured on a 15 minute radio show showcasing her singing and musical performances. She later did radio plays for the Australian Broadcasting Commission. In her later years, she was a highly recognizable character actor with appearances in several films and television series during the 1970s and 80s. Born in Taunton, Somerset, Colleen Clifford lived in England and New Zealand during her childhood. She studied as a pianist at the Brussels Conservatoire, received a scholarship at the Royal Academy and was active in British theatre as a London stage performer for almost thirty years before emigrating to Perth, Australia in 1954.


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