Australian showbiz royalty, Toni Lamond, will step out of retirement to make an appearance on ABC’s The Recording Studio.
86 year old Lamond, who is also Helen Reddy’s sister, has starred in Australian productions of Annie Get Your Gun, Oliver!, The Pyjama Game and Gypsy: A Musical Fable.
Noel Ferrier once nicknamed her “Lolly-Legs” Lamond during In Melbourne Tonight, for having the ‘second-best pair of legs in television.’ She later compered her own IMT becoming the first woman in the world to compere a variety television show.
Tragically, in 1966 her husband took his own life while she was performing Oliver! Producers made her perform the night after his funeral. Toni then raised her son and performer Tony Sheldon on her own.
But never had the chance to record. ‘As Long As He Needs Me’.
On The Recording Studio next week music producer Mark Opitz oversees a 35-piece orchestra at the Eugene Goossens Hall, which ABC notes is “this stage and screen legend’s curtain call.”
The episode also features 15-year-old singer Sam Sargood, who lives on a remote 21,000-acre cattle property 860km north-west of Brisbane.
8pm Tuesday May 7 on ABC.