Jeanne Little Wiki – Jeanne Little Biography
Jeanne Little was a Gold Logie-award-winning Australian entertainer and TV personality. She received the Gold Logie award. She was born on 11 May 1938 in Sydney, Australia. She made her name on The Mike Walsh Show and in 1976 won a Gold Logie for most popular television personality. She became known for her bubbly personality, wild fashion sense, and her “hello darling!” catchphrase.
She died at the age of 82 on 7 November 2020.
Little made her debut on the Mike Walsh Show in 1974, were won a Gold Logie, and went on to appear in numerous television shows. Her trademark was flamboyant outfits, an over-the-top personality, and her drawling speech which included greeting everyone as “daaahling”.
Three years after making her first appearance on television, Little won the Gold Logie for Most Popular (Female) Australian entertainer and TV personality.
In what was one of her last interviews, just before the 2008 Logie awards, she recalled her thoughts to a TV Week reporter who asked what it meant to win the Gold Logie.
At the height of her TV career, Little even released a single titled after her famous catchcry, “Dahling, Are You Paying Attention. Besides being a hit with on-screen viewers, Little also excelled on stage.
She appeared in Jerry’s Girls alongside Marcia Hines, Debra Byrne, and Judi Connelly and worked with Kerrie Biddell, Toni Lamond, and Nancye Hayes at the Sydney Opera House on Legends.
Little toured for years with her one-woman tribute show to Marlene Dietrich, called Marlene.
Little’s TV career started to wind down in the 1990s, but she remained a regular panelist on the discussion show Beauty And The Beast until the mid-2000s.
Jeanne Little Husband, Children
Little married interior decorator Barry Little in 1971. Their daughter, Katie Little Poulton, runs her own graphic arts studio One of a Kind with her husband Tim and is the patron of the Jeanne Little Alzheimer’s Research Fund, which has been set up in her mother’s honor to raise funds for ongoing research into the disease. Katie has written a memoir about her mother titled Catch a Falling Star.
Cause of Death
She was diagnosed with rapid-onset Alzheimer’s Disease in 2009 and was cared for in a Sydney nursing home, where her husband Barry (1929–2019) also resided. She died on 7 November 2020 at the age of 82.
Cheers Mum, to all the fun times.
“I'll be here tomorrow
Alive and well and thriving
I'll be here tomorrow
It's simply called surviving
If before the dawn
This fragile world might crack
Someone's got to try
To put the pieces back. pic.twitter.com/8eQbccBqXW
— Katie M Little 🐨 (@LittleFamilyOz) November 7, 2020
In 2011, Little’s daughter created the Jeanne Little Alzheimer’s Research Fund after her mother was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease.
“This devastating disease has engulfed mum so fast, it’s been frightening. We still can’t believe it’s happened,” she said at the time.