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|Which celebrity is a Tenterfield lad from Oz, who married the daughter of a star from "The Wizard of Oz"? He is known for saying that "Forgiveness is a funny thing, it warms the heart and cools the sting."|
Peter Allen. Peter Allen Woolnough was born on 10 February 1944, in Tenterfield, New South Wales. He was a singer/songwriter who made famous the 1972 song "I Still Call Australia Home".
Peter's big break internationally was in the 1960s when he started performing with Judy Garland in America. Judy was famous for her role in the 1939 film called "The Wizard of Oz". Peter gained even more fame posthumously from the 2003 Broadway opening of the stage musical called "The Boy From Oz", which included the song "I Go To Rio".
In 1967 Peter married Judy's daughter Liza Minelli and on 18 June 1992 he died due to an Aids related disease.
|This film star loved to cruise around in an urban setting whilst being bewitched. "Now I can wear heels" was one of her quotes after divorcing her first husband.|
Nicole Kidman. Nicole Mary Kidman AC, was born on June 20 1967, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Nicole has been married to Actor Tom Cruise and Singer Keith Urban. She is a multi award winning film star, who is also a singer and recording artist.
Nicole's big break overseas came in 1989 in America, when she played opposite Sam Neill and Billy Zane in the thriller "Dead Calm". Some of her other films include "Moulin Rouge"(2001), "The Hours"(2003) and '"Bewitched"(2003). In 2006 she became the highest paid actress in the film industry.
In 2003 she received a Star on the walk of Fame in Hollywood California and she also became a Goodwill Ambassador for UNIFEM and UNICEF.
|Which son of a Prime Minister nipped out with Kylie Minogue's sister and tucked into some charming serials? He has been quoted as saying that "Acting was just another job to bring in money." |
Julian McMahon. Julian Dana McMahon was born on July 27 1968, in Sydney, New South Wales. His father was Sir William McMahon GCMG CH, who served as the 20th Prime Minister of Australia from 1971-1972. Julian has been married and divorced twice, first to Kylie Minogue's sister Danii and then to American actress Brooke Burns, who had a daughter called Madison during their marriage.
Julian studied law for one year after leaving school, but decided that modelling and television commercials suited him better. His big break overseas came in 1992 when he starred in the American soap called "Another World". He has also had television roles in "Profiler"(1996), "Charmed"(2000) and "Nip/Tuck"(2003).
|This star was in Xanadu when she slipped on some grease and claimed that she still honestly loved her missing boyfriend. She is quoted as having said that "The only weights I lift are my dogs".|
Olivia Newton-John. Olivia Newton-John AO OBE, was born on September 26 1948, in Cambridge, England. She is an Australian pop singer/songwriter and actress.
Olivia's big break internationally came in 1971 in England, when she recorded her solo album "If Not For You". She also had a big break in American when she co-starred with John Travolta in the film called "Grease" (1978). In 1980 she starred in the film "Xanadu" which co-starred Matt Lattanzi, her future husband. Olivia and Matt divorced in 1995 after having a daughter called Chloe.
In 1992 Olivia was diagnosed with breast cancer and has been a staunch supporter for breast cancer awareness and research. A year after her divorce from Matt, Olivia started a nine year relationship with American Patrick McDermott, a gaffer/cameraman who eventually disappeared.
|Which Aussie should be so lucky that her neighbours saved her from delinquent activities on locomotives? She is quoted as saying that "I don't try to be a sex bomb. I am one."|
Kylie Minogue. Kylie Ann Minogue OBE, was born on May 28 1968, in Melbourne, Victoria. She is a pop singer/songwriter/actress and fashion designer. She rose to fame whilst starring in a 1980s Australian television soap called "Neighbours".
Kylie is well known for her music videos, her sex symbol image and her flamboyant costumes. Her big break internationally came in England in 1987, where she had much success with an old song called "The Loco-motion". In 1989 Kylie starred in an Australian film called "The Delinquents" and she had a small acting role in the Nicole Kidman film "Moulin Rouge"(2001).
In 2005 just after touring Europe with her stage show, Kylie was diagnosed with breast cancer, which stopped her career for 18 months. Some of her famous songs include "I Should Be So Lucky" (1988) and "Can't Get You Out Of My Head"(2001).
|Confidentially speaking, I think the phone slipped out of this actor's hand. I'm sure his temper is just a figment of a beautiful mind gone bad. Which actor said that "There's nothing like sitting back and talking to your cows"?|
Russell Crowe. Russell Ira Crowe was born on April 7 1964, in Wellington, New Zealand. He is a multi award-winning Australian actor who married singer Danielle Spencer in 2003.
Russell's big break overseas was in America in 1997 when he starred in a film called "L.A. Confidential". He won an Academy award as Best Actor for his role in the 2001 film called "Gladiator" and a BAFTA award for the 2002 film called "A Beautiful Mind".
He gained a reputation for being a bad boy when he threw a telephone at a wall in an American Hotel, but he also is known for his wonderful generosity.
|Which boy from Oz became a man from Snowy River and fought wolverines and swordfish in Oklahoma? He is quoted as saying that "I have a wife and a son, but the gay rumors have started. I guess it's a sign that I'm moving up the ladder."|
Hugh Jackman. Hugh Michael Jackman was born on October 12 1968, in Pymble, a suburb of Sydney in New South Wales. He is a film, television and stage actor who has won many awards for acting.
Hugh's big break overseas was in England's West End in 1998, when he starred in the Royal National Theatre's stage production of "Oklahoma". His big break in America was in 2000 when he played "Wolverine", a character in the film called "X-Men".
In 2001 he co-starred with Halle Berry and John Travolta in "Swordfish". In 2003 he became "The Boy from Oz", in the Broadway stage production of the life of Peter Allen.
|"Put another shrimp on the barbie" mate, while I go wrestle this crocodile who drank my Fosters Lager. Who is this famous Aussie who is quoted as having said that "The secret to my success is that I bit off more than I could chew and chewed as fast as I could"?|
Paul Hogan. Paul Hogan was born on October 8 1939, in Lightning Ridge, New South Wales. His second wife is American Actress Linda Koslowski, who co-starred with him in his "Crocodile Dundee" movies.
Paul worked as a rigger on the Sydney Harbour Bridge before starring in his own Australian comedy show called "The Paul Hogan Show" (1973-1984).
Paul first became known overseas in America in the 1980s, when he made television commercials promoting Australia to American audiences. His line "Shrimp on the barbie" and his Foster's Lager Advertisements became very well known world wide.
Paul's big acting break overseas came in 1986 in America, when he released his film called "Crocodile Dundee". This film not only launched his international acting career, but it became one of the most successful Australian films.
|This body loved to strut her stuff on the catwalks and pose nude when the sirens were on. All her friends were not concerned when she said "Modelling does not train you in any way, shape or form to be an actor."|
Elle McPherson. Eleanor Nancy Gow was born on March 29 1963, in Cronulla, New South Wales. She is an Australian supermodel and actress and is known worldwide as "The Body".
At the age of 21 Elle was married to creative manage Gilles Bensimon, but divorced him in 1985. She gave birth to two children during a nine year relationship with Swiss/Financier Arpad Busson, but they parted company in 2005.
Elle first became known overseas in 1986, when her photographs were published in "Sports Illustrated" magazine, "Time" and "Playboy" magazine.
Elle's big movie break was in 1994 when she co-starred with Sam Neill and Hugh Grant in "Sirens". In 1999 she appeared in five episodes of the U.S. sitcom called "Friends" and in 1997 she co-starred with George Clooney in "Batman and Robin".
|I had a sixth sense that my weight gain was going to stop me dancing at Muriel's wedding. Which actress is quoted as saying that "Sometimes life hits you on the head with a saucepan. But I'm not here to talk about saucepans"?|
Toni Collette. Antonia Collette was born on November 1 1972, in Sydney. She is an actress/musician who has won many acting awards.
Toni became known internationally in 1999 in America, when she co-starred with Bruce Willis in the film called "The Sixth Sense".
Toni is an Academy Award nominee who has also starred in the 2006 film called "Little Miss Sunshine". She also co-starred with Hugh Grant in the 2002 film called "About A Boy" and she had to gain 40 pounds to play in the 1994 film called "Muriel's Wedding".
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