Barry Humphries was educated at Melbourne Grammar School, before studying Law at Melbourne University. However, he became more interested in performance art, and dropped out after two years.

The character of “Dame” Edna Everage took off in the 1960s, making Humphries famous, although “her” name is now much better known than his.

Humphries’ other comic characters, mostly parodies of Australian culture, include Edna’s nephew, Barry McKenzieinebriated cultural attaché, Sir Les Patterson; and socialist academic, Neil Singleton.

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