Huge mourning. Devastating news for lovers of comedy – A famous actor has died after 70 years on the small and big screen
Australian comedian Barry Humphries has died at the age of 89, a spokesman for the Sydney hospital where the artist had been hospitalized for several days announced on Saturday, the DPA reported, according to agerpres.ro.In a seven-decade career, Barry Humphries, a veteran of the stage and the small screen, has amused several generations of viewers through satirical characters, like Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson.
Barry Humphries died Saturday night, revealed David Faktor, a spokesman for St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney.” I can confirm that Barry Humphries died this evening in Sydney around 19:00 local time (11:00 GMT),” he said. The actor had been admitted back to that hospital due to medical complications after a hip operation he had undergone last month. A statement from his family, published in the Sydney Morning Herald, thanked the fans and the medical staff at St Vincent’s Hospital for their “support and good wishes”. Barry Humphries became a landmark name on the UK comedy production circuit after moving to London in 1959 and appeared in several shows on the West End, such as “Maggie May” and “Oliver!”. He was one of the most important comedians on the British stage, along with Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett and Spike Milligan.Pe next to the famous Dame Edna Everage – a character used to satirize the cult of celebrity, class snobbery and pudibonderia, as well as to deride politicians and stars of the fashion industry — Barry Humphries created other characters who became a legend of the British comedy industry, like the womanizer Sir Les Patterson and Sandy Stone, an elderly and childless man who lives in a suburb of Melbourne, considered “the most boring man in Australia”.
The actor charmed with his performance and talent most of the British royal family, from Queen Mother Elizabeth II to former Prince Charles (the current king) and Princess Diana.
In 2010, actor Barry Humphries met the current monarch – King Charles III and the Queen Consort – Camilla, at the Royal Albert Hall in London.