Bert Newton has been on the Australian small screen since it first flickered to life in the 1950s - now, in the book all his fans have been waiting for, bestselling author Graeme Blundell gives us the full story of the man behind that unforgettable face.
TV and radio host, compere, interviewer, all round media personality, Bert Newton is one of Australia's favourite performers. But who is this moon-faced man we've loved to watch for decades? Whose jokes we have laughed at while he compered the Logies once again? Who we've delighted in seeing on stage in productions ranging from The Wizard of Oz to Wicked and Grease?
We know he's married to the wonderful Pattie – theirs was the first wedding to be broadcast on Australian TV – and programs such as In Melbourne Tonight, The Don Lane Show and Good Morning Australia have all showcased Bert's signature style. They've shown his witty eloquence and, at times, acerbic interview techniques, and, like television itself, his ability to offer something new to each generation of viewers. But what about his life behind the camera?
Graeme Blundell is an author, actor, producer, award-winning director, highly regarded journalist, and the television critic for The Australian. His books include his autobiography, The Naked Truth, and the bestselling biography, King: The Life and Times of Graham Kennedy. He is also the co-author of a biography of painter Brett Whiteley: An Unauthorised Life, and the editor of Australian Theatre: Backstage with Graeme Blundell.
Author: Graeme Blundell
Review: Well worth the read, very entertaining and enlightening.