Golden girl – Jeanne Little

Golden girl – Jeanne Little
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Running out with a trademark 'Oooh! Aaaah!' Jeanne Little sings her part in a 1989 'Golden Girls' tribute to past female Gold Logie winners.

Jeanne won the Gold Logie in 1977 for most popular television personality of 1976 for her work on The Mike Walsh Show.

The song is exactly what you would expect from an award show performance, complete with cheesy lyrics, and a derivative, catchy live score designed so that audiences will find it familiar and easily digestible. Jeanne is joined on stage by other Gold Logie winners Lorrae Desmond, Hazel Phillips, Pat McDonald, Denise Drysdale and Rowena Wallace.

Each woman's performance has its own feel and Jeanne's sense of fun and the ridiculous is mirrored well in her component. It's obvious she understands what audiences remember her for and she is happy to make fun of her voice singing 'You could strip the paint with my voice'.

We also see footage of her outrageous costumes in excerpts from The Mike Walsh Show, including the famous toast dress. The ending where she references showing the 'darling clever dick' critics is reminiscent of the sentiments she expresses in her 1976 song 'Dahling, Are You Paying Attention'.

The performance is dated to the late 1980s by the production design in the background including a single big screen image rendered on a bank of separate screens.

Excerpt from The 31st TV Week Logie Awards broadcast on 17 March 1989 by the Seven Network.

Notes by Beth Taylor