Look who’s on stage …
Talented trio at the 1992 MO Awards in Sydney – Terry Willesee, Rhonda Burchmore and Larry Emdur
DEBONAIRE Terry Willesee, stunning Rhonda Burchmore and suave Larry Emder share the stage at the Australian Entertainment MO Awards in Sydney in 1992.
TERRY was attending the awards just prior to jetting off to the United States to work as a reporter for the American A Current Affair (not related to Nine Network’s program of the same name). He was later promoted to anchor the Fox network’s national program, A Current Affair Extra, and is believed to be the first Australian to host his own current affairs show on US television.
The talented Aussie returned to Australia in 1995, reading news for Nine Network affiliate STW in Perth. In 2002 he returned to national television with Willesee Across Australia on Sky News Australia and since 2004 has been presenting First Edition on Sky News as well as work as a media trainer.
RHONDA, born May 15, 1960 in Sydney, sprang to international renown when she played the role of Kate in the 1982 film, `The Pirate Movie’. But it was in the 1988 production of Sugar Babies that the talented performer made her first major Australian theatre breakthrough opposite Garry McDonald and Broadway theatre performer Eddie Bracken. Later that year she reprised her role opposite Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller in London’s West End theatre production.
Performing since she was two years old, Rhonda made a `show stopping’ appearance at the 1992 Australian Entertainment MO Awards heralding great applause. Today, Rhonda Burchmore is a household name and she never fails to attract a huge audience – something she has been doing since 1997 when she gave the Crown Casino in Melbourne its opening performance before a crowd of over 60,000. That same year she secured a role on Broadway in the Irving Berlin classic, Easter Parade, and later appeared in another show, Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods.
Rhonda has since featured in a long list of major stage productions in Australia including Guys and Dollas, Mamma Mia, Tom Foolery, Respect: A Musical Journey of Women plus the title role in Mame which she reprised in 2008 to standing ovations; and also took her own productions of Rhonda Burchmore Sings ‘n’ Swings, My Funny Valentines and Fever to the stage.
The entertainer, author and recording artist also released 4 albums.
AT the age of 28, Larry Emdur was a much adored special guest at the 1992 Australian Entertainment MO Awards. Always the ultimate gentleman, Melbourne-born and Bondi-raised Larry began his career as a copyboy at the Sydney Morning Herald before moving into television, where at age 17 he became Australia’s youngest national newsreader, presenting the overnight news for Seven Network in Australia. After some time in news and current affairs as a reporter and newsreader, and presenter on Good Morning Australia, Larry switched to hosting game shows and variety television.
Game Show `The Price is Right’ still relies on the smooth-talking presenter who hosted the show from 1993-1998, then June 23, 2003 to November 24, 2005 and the latest production which began on May 7, 2012. Australian audiences also enjoyed his infectious wit and charisma on Cash Bonanza (Nine Network) and the popular Wheel of Fortune (Seven Network).
All these years later Larry is still a huge hit with audiences Australia-wide and extended that adulation to America when he appeared as a special guest on the Drew Carey hosted `Price is Right’ in 2011. Emdur has also been a fill-in host for It Takes Two and has filled in for Andrew O’Keefe on Weekend Sunrise and David Koch on Sunrise.
Currently, Larry (born December 9, 1964) is the effervescent co-host with Kylie Gillies on the popular Seven Network’s top-rating talk show, The Morning Show.