Hall of Fame has gender imbalance
Ruth Cracknell is the sole female inductee in the Logie Hall of Fame, sitting alongside 23 men and 3 TV shows. Why are our women so overlooked?
Next year when it’s time for nominations for the Logie Hall of Fame award, our industry could do no worse than offer up some female names for consideration.
Just one female is named amongst the list of 23 males and 3 shows (Neighbours, Play School, Four Corners).
That honour went to Ruth Cracknell in 2001.
On Sunday night TV Tonight asked some of our stars what they thought of this anomaly.
Kerri-Anne Kennerley said, “I think it’s great to celebrate everybody in television, when it’s timely. Hall of Fame is for the people who have put in so many years and are perhaps at their twilight.”
Denise Drysdale said, “I’d vote for Hazel Phillips. She won a Logie in 1967.”
Phillips performed in The Mavis Bramston Show and Beauty & the Beast in the 1960s. She last performed in Mortified in 2007. Similarly, Maggie Dence appeared in The Mavis Bramston Show and is still working.
Drysdale politely declined herself for contention saying, “I don’t really think I’ve done enough.”
Amongst other potential candidates TV Tonight would like to see up for industry discussion are:
Noni Hazlehurst, Margaret Pomeranz, Jana Wendt, Judith McGrath, Maggie Tabberer, Julia Blake, Noeline Brown, Jane Turner & Gina Riley, Sandra Levy, Kim Vecera, Posie Graeme-Evans, Patricia Edgar, Penny Chapman…..to name a few.
Prisoner deserves to be on the list for what it achieved for Australian actresses.
The Hall of Fame award is jury voted following nominations from networks. It’s time our networks diversified their submission lists.
Hall of Fame inductees
* 1984 – Hector Crawford
* 1985 – Ken G. Hall
* 1986 – Neil Davis
* 1987 – Paul Hogan
* 1988 – Bert Newton
* 1989 – Bryan Brown
* 1990 – Johnny Young
* 1991 – James Davern
* 1992 – Four Corners, ABC TV
* 1993 – Reg Grundy
* 1994 – Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell
* 1995 – Jack Thompson
* 1996 – Maurie Fields
* 1997 – Garry McDonald
* 1998 – Graham Kennedy
* 1999 – Mike Walsh
* 2000 – Bruce Gyngell
* 2001 – Ruth Cracknell
* 2002 – Mike Willesee
* 2003 – Don Lane
* 2004 – Sam Chisholm
* 2005 – Neighbours, Network Ten
* 2006 – Play School, ABC TV
* 2007 – Steve Irwin
* 2008 – John Clarke
* 2009 – Bill Collins
* 2010 – Brian Naylor