Patti Morgan on the cover of Sydney’s Sunday Sun, 19 May, 1946.  The photographer responsible for this striking photo is unknown.Via the National Library of Australia’s Trove.

We must not touch our idols; the gilt sticks to our fingers. Gustave Flaubert – Madame Bovary

This site is dedicated to some of the undocumented Australian actors – who travelled to work overseas, particularly before World War II.

This is also a work in progress, so where new information becomes available, entries are updated. Special thanks to the some of the extended families of actors listed here, who have contributed to improving the narratives – they are acknowledged on the Thanks, Links and Sources page.

Some Australian stories as imagined by non-Australians…

Australia as imagined by the Third Reich
Hollywood imagines bushrangers – Stingaree (1915, 1917, 1934)
Bushrangers in slouch hats – Hollywood imagines Australia (1928, 1929, 1939)
Hollywood imagines- Australians at War (1943, 1953, 1966-68)

Actor Profiles, listed from most recent by birth to oldest by birth…

Beatrice born Richmond, Victoria, Australia, 12 October 1884,
Died Los Angeles, California, USA, 22 November 1964


Nick Murphy
July 2020