It is with great sadness that we notify the ALVA Membership of the passing of Lily Connors. Lily was born in Cessnock in 1931. At Age 11 she discovered she could yodel and won a heat of Australia’s Amateur Hour. In 1946 she went on to sin the Radio 2KY competition which led her to perform in may variety shows touring the country.
In 1948, Lily her mother and sister Bonnie travel to America to visit her mother’s family. Whilst she was there, Lily got her own half hour show on KFI Television in Los Angles billed as “The Girl From Australia”. She then joined a government sponsored touring show called “Nations in Review” representing Australia. She was offered a Hollywood 5 year starlet contract but turned it down because she felt she would be controlled too much by the studio.
In 1950, Lily returned to Australia and was soon a regular on shows organised by Ted Quigg and Tim McNamara. It was her version of “Chime Bells” that became her signature song. Lily was a regular on the 2GB radion program “Bonnington’s Bunkhouse” for 5 years, and she was a frequent guest on Bandstand and Reg Lindsay’s Country Television Program.
In 1962, she gave birth to her son Alan and it was here that she slowly cut back on her performing career. In 1972, she embarked on a short tour with Slim Dusty and it was to be her last major performance. In 1978, she was inducted into the “Hands of Fame” in Tamworth
She peacefully passed away on Wednesday 10th October, 2018, age 87. The details about her funeral will be passed on by Judy Stone at a later date. These details will be sent via email.
Beginning her career in the 70’s with a passion for teaching and the performing arts, Jennifer has combined roles of performer, artistic director and educator. As cabaret and club performer in Sydney clubs, she auditioned at 8 months pregnant, and won, the role of Evita in Australia’s premiere blockbuster music theatre production with a fairy tale rise to the top of her game. She has worked as vocal & performance coach/director for TV, film and stage productions and with husband musical director Spud Murphy, Jennifer has been instrumental in creating opportunities in music theatre for many young performers. Until recently Jennifer was Head of Music Theatre at the Australian Institute of Music AIM for many years and is now directing, teaching and enjoying the birth of their 1st grandchild
She is an amazing, trailblazing Woman in Entertainment with many a story to tell of the adventures along the way – today’s ALVA event is a rare opportunity not to be missed as we hear up close and personal these stories and more as she chats to President Susie about her life as a performer and what she has been up to recently.
For all our Queensland, GoldCoast and Northern NSW Members, Guest and Friends AND Alva Blokes……………..
A RARE OPPORTUNITY NOT TO BE MISSED….
Simon Gallaher & Julie Anthony AM
We are beyond excited to have two iconic Australian personalities and legendary entertainers in the same room!! Come and join our ALVA President, Susie Smither, as she chats with Simon and Julie, who will be sharing stories of their time onstage together, their adventures along the way and what they are both up to now and beyond.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 22, 2018
South Tweed Sports Club
– 11am arrival
Please note luncheon is a Wednesday and it is NOT in Daylight Saving this time!!!
It will be wonderful to see you all again and please spread the ALVA word to all up North.
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Hope everyone is well and managing to fight of the sniffles and colds with the cold weather upon us. Here is something to warm you up…………..the latest edition of The Buzz Newsletter! Thanks to Editor Jacqui Alexander and ALL members that contributed to this edition. It takes a village to create and implement all our ALVA events and happenings, so I am sending a thank you to the 2018 Committee as well as the many, many Members and Friends of ALVA who contribute to the village every year.
Message from The Benevolent Corner:
Hi ALVA Girls, Winter is here so I want you to reach out to anyone you may know, in the Industry, that may be struggling a bit. Please let me know if ALVA can help, we pay bills for those in need and this is the time electricity and gas bills go up, make sure no one is freezing. Email Pat:firstname.lastname@example.org
With a dazzling smile, legs for days and a voice that’s big, bold and colourful, Rhonda has endeared herself to the hearts of all Australians. After 30 years in the business, this vivacious Woman in Entertainment continues to shine – from West End Music Theatre, original Australian productions of Hot Shoe Shuffle and Mamma Mia, years of delight on Hey Hey It’s Saturday, 5 albums and an OAM for services to the performing arts and community – she has forged a lengthy career in the tough and unforgiving world of show business, and she just keeps going from strength to strength.
Few Australian entertainers have shared her status and immense popularity amongst her peers, who admire her big personality, big heart and enormous capacity to give back to the industry that has shaped her career. Due to the Universe aligning dates and schedules, we have the AMAZING opportunity of Rhonda being able to come and to spend the day with ALVA.
We will hear all the highs, lows and stories with Rhonda also signing the brand new edition of her book ” Legs 11″ that will be available for purchase on the day along with a photo opportunity. A day not to be missed!