From the first launch of the Mamma Mia stage show to a regular guest on Hey Hey Its Saturday, Rhonda Burchmore has been involved in many iconic Australian show business moments. The Australian entertainer delivers her signature showbiz personality in her new autobiography, Legs 11 – My Life in Front of the Lights and Backstage.
With a career spanning across television, the big screen, cabaret and stage performances, Rhonda has made a distinctive impression on audiences with her dazzling dance steps, vocals and larger than life presence. “I have a deep love of people and I can’t think of anything more worthwhile than playing a part in entertaining the public,” she says. Her memoir offers fans of Australian screen and stage an inside look at the highs and lows of the industry, as well as insights into her life’s work, both personally and professionally.
“There’s much to be said for putting a smile on someone’s face with a song, a dance, a joke or a bit of theatrical business,” she says. Starting singing and dancing at just two years old, Rhona has forged her skillset for almost 60 years, working professionally for three decades. She paved her way into Australian showbiz history with roles created especially for her (Hot Shoe Shuffle, Red Hot and Rhonda), dancing her way through Irving Berlin classics and various hit musicals.
“The saying that ‘you’re only as good as your last performance’ means that there can be no resting on your laurels. Like a prize fighter, you have to prove yourself all over again each time you enter the ring,” she says. Rhonda has also shared the spotlight with Hollywood greats, such as Mickey Rooney, Ann Miller and Anthony Newley.
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