Jeanne Mitchell, known professionally as Jeannie Little, was an Australian entertainer and TV personality who received the Gold Logie award. She was born on 11 May 1938 in Sydney, Australia.
She died at the age of 82 on 7 November 2020.
RIP Jeanne Little, 82.
A spotlight always shone on her.
Those elongated “ooohhh, ahhhhh, dahhhling” were actually her way of moderating a childhood stutter.
Quite possibly the best guest a TV host could ask for. Just ask Mike Walsh. pic.twitter.com/x8yHmQnSIb
In September 1974, on Network Ten’s The Mike Walsh Show, she made her TV debut. Invited as a guest to present designer maternity clothing, Little quickly became a regular, eventually moving to Channel Nine with the Walsh Show after a stint at Channel Seven.
Two short-lived shows showcasing Little’s unique talents were tried by The Seven Network: Jeanne’s Little Show and Cuckoo in the Nest, a situation comedy in which she played a wacky Auntie Mame-type character. Little wowed and gained viewers for the next 15 years as part of The Mike Walsh Show team once again.
Marlene, Little’s one-woman tribute to Marlene Dietrich, actress, and singer, toured to critical acclaim in Australia and the US, followed by More of a Little, packed with songs, talk, and anecdotes.
Little appeared on the panel discussion show Beauty and the Beast in the late 1990s, through to the mid-2000s.
It was revealed in February 2011 that Little had Alzheimer’s Disease, which was originally diagnosed in 2009. Family members advised in August 2014 that Little’s disease had progressed to the point that she does not know where she “no longer knows where she is or what’s going on around her”.
Husband And Children
In 1971, Little was married to interior decorator Barry Little. Her daughter, Katie Little Poulton, runs her own One of a Kind graphic arts studio with her partner, Tim, and is the patron of the Jeanne Little Alzheimer’s Research Fund, which was set up to raise funds for ongoing disease research in her mother’s name.
Jeannie Little has died at the age of 82. In a Facebook post on Saturday night, her daughter, Katie, announced that her mother had died. she said, “This is a huge shock – but I’m so grateful, Love you all my friends.”