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Secret Life Of Us and Water Rats.
The sword-wielding warrior princess Eowyn from the
smash hit Lord of the Rings trilogy, Otto is the daughter
of Newcastle fashion designer Lindsay Otto and has also
starred in films such as Danny Deckchair, Doing Time For Patsy
Cline and What Lies Beneath.
Since being named Miss Universe in 2004, former
Knights cheerleader Jennifer Hawkins has made her name
in television, hosting Make Me A Supermodel, appearing on
Dancing With The Stars and reporting on The Great Outdoors.
She is also a swimwear designer with her brand Cozi, a
Lovable Lingerie ambassador, the face of Myer, Covergirl
Cosmetics and Lux soap.
In the field of music all three members of Silverchair
are in Who's Who, along with Marcia Hines and John Paul
Young, both born overseas but who later moved to Lake
Macquarie, and Olivia Newton-John, who calls Newcastle
her ''second home town''.
Silverchair -- Daniel Johns, Ben Gillies and Chris
Joannou, all born in 1979 in Merewether -- are one of
the most acclaimed and successful Australian bands of all
time, winning more ARIA awards than any other artist and
having more number one albums than any other band
in Australian music history. They have sold more than six
million albums around the world.
Marcia Hines was born in the US but settled in Australia
in 1970 and became a pop idol, voted Australia's Queen
of Pop in 1976, '77 and '78 with a string of hit records. She
moved to the Hunter around 2000 to be with her partner,
Dr Christopher Morrissey, and was inducted into the ARIA
Hall of Fame in 2007 when she was experiencing another
round of fame as judge of Australian Idol.
John Paul Young is a Scottish-born singer, radio
announcer, TV presenter and music theatre star who settled
in Australia in 1966 and has been an active Lake Macquarie
resident for many years. Most famous for his song Love Is
In The Air, he was inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame in
Olivia Newton-John was born in England and raised
in Melbourne but spent summers in Newcastle with her
father, Brin, an academic who lived in Newcastle from 1959
to 1981. She has sold more than 100 million records, won
Grammy awards and starred in Grease, one of the highest-
grossing movies of all time.
John Bell, born in Newcastle and raised in Maitland, is
the artistic director of the Bell Shakespeare Company and
has won several Helpmann awards as well as being named
an Australian living treasure by the National Trust in 1997.
He is also a governor of the Actor's Benevolent Fund and
a patron of the Newcastle Performing Arts School.
The Hunter also boasts two principal artists with the
Australian Ballet, Newcastle-born Olivia Bell, who trained
at the Paris Opera Ballet School, and Robert Curran, who
grew up in Denman.
The Fitzgibbon brothers from Cessnock both get a
guernsey in Who's Who, Joel Fitzgibbon as the Member for
Hunter since 1996 and for the various ministerial positions
he has held, as well as being a councillor and Deputy Mayor
of Cessnock City Council.
Mark Fitzgibbon is there as managing director and CEO of
NIB Health Funds Ltd, one of Australia's fastest-growing >>
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"The Hunter also boasts two
principal artists with the Australian
Ballet, Newcastle-born Olivia Bell ...
and Robert Curran, who grew
up in Denman."
Patrick McGorry with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
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