Indigenous actor is Victoria's Senior Australian of the Year

Indigenous elder and actor Jack Charles has been awarded 2016 Victorian Senior Australian of the Year.

Victorian Governor Linda Dessau told a function in Melbourne this week that 72-year-old Charles was a role model  for a new generation of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

A member of Australia’s ‘stolen generation’ and raised in a Salvation Army boys’ home, Charles overcame his early personal demons, including a heroin addiction and a life of crime which led to his jailing.

The Triumph of Dance

Surviving polio and persecution, Russian woman Tanya Pearson arrived in Australia in 1950 hoping for a new life. More than sixty years later she’s handing the Sydney City Youth Ballet reins over to the next generation. Rosemary Desmond reports.

Leading Lady

Felicity Kendal made her stage debut while on a tour of India at the tender age of nine months as a changeling in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Her actor/manager father changed his surname from Bragg to Kendal - after his Cumbrian birthplace - and the family moved from Birmingham to post-colonial India when Felicity was seven.

Codgers a hit

The new season of the play Codgers opened in Sydney this week to strong and positive audience reaction.

National Seniors has been a supporter and sponsor of the play in its development and CEO (and well known thespian) Michael O'Neill attended opening night and reports that the performance was very strong.

A Brilliant Career

She’s been the toast of Broadway, worked with Elvis Presley and Elizabeth Taylor and remembers the New York City of 1940 as “almost intimate”.

Angela Lansbury has also won five Tony Awards, six Golden Globes and starred in one of the longest-running crime drama series on US television.

There’s not much she hasn’t seen or done in her 70 years in film, stage and television.

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