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VIDEO: Tony Winner Dame Edna Shares: 'The Person Who Inspired Me Was Joan Rivers'

Tony Award winner Dame Edna stopped by this week's THE TALK on CBS to discuss her amazing career in show business spanning six decades and how the late Joan Rivers helped her get her start.

Said Dame Edna, "The person who inspired me was Joan Rivers. She was a very very dear friend of mine...Really, I've had a fairytale career and it's thanks to people in the business." Watch clips from the appearance below!

Dame Edna is one of the greatest stars of the last 50 years, winning a Tony Award for her Broadway show, The Royal Tour. The "housewife superstar" has played the West End and Broadway on numerous occasions, performing to packed theatres including the Royal Albert Hall at the Last Night of the Poms, and the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane as well as countless performances for the Royal Family. Television credits include the now legendary UK special, "A Night on Mt. Edna" and two series of her own innovative chat show, "The Dame Edna Experience," with special guests Cher, Roseanne Barr, Sean Connery, Mel Gibson and the late Robin Williams.

Her books include Dame Edna's Coffee Table Book, Dame Edna's Bedside Companion and her seminal autobiography, My Gorgeous Life, which is currently being adapted for the stage and screen. Possibly Jewish, Dame Edna is a widow, with three grown children. She spends her time visiting world leaders and jet-setting between her homes in Los Angeles, London, Sydney, Switzerland and Martha's Vineyard. She is the Founder and Governor of Friends of the Prostate and the creator of The World Prostate Olympics.




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