Dame Edna says farewell to LA
Mild-mannered Barry Humphries is the person behind Dame Edna, and at 80-years-old he's hanging up the lavender wig.
Possums, you are in for a treat. Starting this week, Dame Edna is in town at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles.
Dame Edna Everage started off as a humble housewife living in suburban Melbourne, Australia, but she has gone on to star in film, on stage, and even on TV hosting her own talk show.
But while she is an over-the-top self-proclaimed giga-star known for outrageous outfits, cat eye glasses and purple hair, her alter-ego is vastly different.
Mild-mannered Barry Humphries is the person behind Dame Edna, and at 80 years old, he's hanging up the lavender wig.
Alex Cohen chatted with Dame Edna about her Glorious Goodbye tour now in Los Angeles.
"I sing, I dance!" she says. "People compare me with Debbie Reynolds, they compare me with Danny Kaye. But I am myself."
But Dame Edna's rise to fame in America was a surprise to her.
"Americans will not understand me," she once told her friend Joan Rivers decades ago. "She said, 'I think they will, Edna.'"
After booking a stint at a San Francisco for a few weeks, it suddenly morphed into a four month engagement, then a move to Broadway and national acclaim.
However, as Dame Edna ages she can't keep up with her stardom.
"I love standing on a stage and giving of myself, but I can't keep on doing this," she says. "I'm still at the height of my powers -- according to my last exploratory -- and I want to leave it at that."
"I spend a lot of my time, as people of my age do with their address book, crossing people out. So I come here now and, really, the best friends I've got are sitting in my audience."