Dame Edna Retiring; Feeling “Senior”

Maybe it was the Broadway show with Michael Feinstein that did it. Whatever the reason, it’s: Farewell, possums. Barry Humphries, the man behind the big glasses and purple hair of Australia’s first lady, has announced he is retiring Dame Edna Everage from the stage after admitting he is feeling a “bit senior”. The comedian, 78, who for half a century has fronted the world’s most recognisable drag act, said his other famous character Sir Les Patterson would also retire, during a farewell tour of Australia this summer. “Edna will crop up on television, I guess, but not in a live show,” Humphries said. “The fact of the matter is that I’m beginning to feel a bit senior.”

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