|Born||30 May 1933|
|Known for||Work with J. C. Williamson theatre, musical theatre performer|
|Children|| Tod Johnston |
Trudy Johnston (Dunn)
|Family|| Diana Perryman (sister)|
Bill Perryman (brother)
Jill Perryman (born 30 May 1933) (AM, MBE)is an Australian former stage and screen actress and singer. Combining both her stage acting and her singing, she featured in numerous musical theatre roles, over eight decades, performing from the age of three in a production of operetta White Horse Inn
She toured twice with a production of Hello Dolly! firstly in 1965 , as a member of the ensemble cast in 1965, as character Irene Molley and again almost thirty years later in 1994 in the leading role.
Perryman was born in Melbourne to a family notable for its achievements in theatre and entertainment. Her father, William Thomas Perryman, was an actor and performer, with notable credits from 1919 until 1938and her mum Dorothy Eileen (formerly Duvall), born in Adelaide was an actress and singer, who appeared in a few productions from 1923 until 1932.
Her older sister, Diana Perryman, also born in Melbourne (19 November 1925 - 10 January 1979) was also prominent in Australian theatre and also appeared in television roles.Her husband is Western Australian dancer-choreographer Kevan Johnston, and they have a son Tod Johnston, who is a media personality, radio and television presenter, and musician.
Perryman when aged 19, joined the company of J. C. Williamson Theatres Ltd as a member of the chorus and in 1953 was understudying leading roles in stage musicals, including Evie Hayes in the Australian production of Call Me Madam .
Perryman was strong in voice and personality, and a long series of understudy and small roles eventually led her, through the recommendation of John McCallum (who was then joint managing director of J. C. Williamson Theatres Ltd), to take the lead in the key Australian production of Funny Girl , a performance that won her an Erik Award for Best Actress and led to major roles in other productions. These included I Do! I Do! in 1969; The Two of Us in 1971. No, No, Nanette in 1972 won her another Erik Award for Best Actress for her role as Lucille Early, then in 1973 she starred in A Little Night Music . In 1976 she played Gladys Zilch in Leading Lady, a musical production created especially for her. She also toured during 1977 in Side by Side by Sondheim . She played Miss Hannigan in Annie in 1978. She won also the AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 1980.
She toured in the musical's Chicago in 1988 and The Boy From Oz
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|1953||Call Me Madam||Ensemble (u/s Mrs Sally Adams)||Australian tour starring Evie Hayes|
|1954||Paint Your Wagon||Elizabeth Woodling||Australian tour|
|1957||The Pajama Game||Mabel||Australian tour starring Toni Lamond|
|1965||Hello, Dolly!||Irene Molloy||Australian tour starring Carole Cook as Dolly Levi|
|1966||Funny Girl||Fanny Brice||Australian tour|
|1969||I Do! I Do!||Agnes||Australian tour|
|1972||No, No, Nanette||Lucille Early||Australian tour starring Cyd Charisse|
|1973||A Little Night Music||Countess Malcolm||Australian tour|
|1977||Side by Side by Sondheim||Herself||Australian tour|
|1978||Annie||Miss Hannigan||Australian tour|
|1983||Noises Off||Dotty Ottley||Australian tour|
|1983||Chicago||Mama Morton||Playhouse Theatre, Perth|
|1984||‘night, Mother||Jessie Cates||Australian tour|
|1985||Brighton Beach Memoirs||Blanche||Australian tour|
|1994||Hello, Dolly!||Dolly Levi||Australian tour|
|1998||Follies||Carlotta Champion||Sydney Opera House concert|
|1998||The Boy from Oz||Marion Woolnough||Australian tour|
|The Good Oil (TV movie)||19632||Bunny|
|Dynasty (TV series)||1971||Jenny Farmer|
|Perryman on Parade (TV series)||As herself|
|Bellbird (TV series)||1971-1975||Cheryl Turner (328 episodes)|
|Homicide (TV series)||1976||Kate Holsworth|
|Ticked Pink (TV series)||1978||Vera|
|...Maybe This Time||1981||Mother|
|Home Sweet Home (TV series)||1981||Mother Superior|
|Flight Into Hell (TV miniseries)||1987||unknown|
|The Flying Doctors (TV series)||1989||Josie Sterling|
|A Country Practice (TV series) 1989-1990||Lois Gardner (4 episodes)|
|Clowning Around||1992||Miss Gabhurst|
|Love in Limbo||1993||Aunt Dorry|
|Changi (TV miniseries)||2001||Older Kate|
|Hidden Creatures (film short)||2006||Doris|
|Pantomime Quiz (TV series)||1957||Self|
|BP Super Show (TV series)||1966||Self-Singer|
|Sydney Tonight (TV series)||1969||Self|
|The Mike Walsh Show (TV series)||1970||Self|
|Matt Fllinders (TV series) 1972||Self|
|Kamahl'. (TV series)||1972||Self|
|Jill (TV movie)||1973||Herself|
|The Ernie Sigley Show (TV series) 1974||Self as performer|
|The Graham Kennedy Show (TV series)||1975||Self as performer|
In the 1979 New Year's Honours, Perryman was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).
In the 1992 Australia Day Honours, she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
In 2011 she received the JC Williamson Award, a lifetime achievement award for her contribution to the Australian live performance industry, alongside contemporaries Toni Lamond and Nancye Hayes
In October 2013, Perryman and her husband, Kevan Johnston, jointly received the Australian Equity Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award at a presentation on the stage of Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne.
Her sister, actress Diana Perryman, who died in 1979, posthumously was awarded an MBE.
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