Dame Edna actor Barry Humphries steady in Sydney hospital Lalrp


CANBERRA, Australia — Tony Award-winning comic Barry Humphries, famend for his garish stage persona Dame Edna Everage, a condescending and imperfectly veiled snob whose evolving character has delighted audiences over seven many years, is in a Sydney hospital with problems following hip surgical procedure.

St. Vincent’s Hospital described the 89-year-old’s situation on Friday as steady and rejected media experiences that he had turn into unresponsive.

Humphries was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday following hip substitute surgical procedure final month. The surgical procedure was performed after a fall in February.

His publicist, Wendy Day, stated Humphries’ situation was unchanged since Thursday and he was resting.

Seven Community leisure reporter Peter Ford stated three of Humphries’ 4 kids have traveled to their father’s hospital bedside, two from London.

“His kids had been instructed to start with of the week it could be advisable in the event that they needed to come back see him to take action … and they’re all there proper now alongside together with his spouse, Lizzie,” Ford instructed Perth Radio 6PR.

Humphries has lived in London for many years and returned to Australia in December to spend Christmas in his homeland throughout the Southern Hemisphere summer season.

He instructed The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper final month that his physiotherapy had been “agony” following his fall and hip substitute.

“It was probably the most ridiculous factor, like all home incidents are. I used to be reaching for a e-book, my foot received caught on a rug or one thing, and down I went,” Humphries stated of his fall.

Humphries has remained an lively entertainer, touring Britain final yr together with his one-man present “The Man Behind the Masks.”

The character of Dame Edna started as a dowdy Mrs. Norm Everage who first took to the stage in Humphries’ hometown of Melbourne within the mid-Fifties. She mirrored a postwar suburban inertia and cultural blandness that Humphries discovered stifling.

Edna is certainly one of Humpries’ a number of enduring characters. The following most well-known is Sir Les Patterson, an ever-drunk, matted and lecherous Australian cultural attache.

Patterson mirrored a notion of Australia as a Western cultural wasteland that drove Humphries together with many main Australian intellectuals to London.

Humphries, a regulation college dropout, discovered main success as an actor, author and entertainer in Britain within the Seventies, however the US was an ambition that he discovered stubbornly elusive.

A excessive level in the US was a Tony Award in 2000 for his Broadway present “Dame Edna: The Royal Tour.”