Libbi Gorr : biography
Lisbeth Joanne "Libbi" Gorr (born 24 March 1965) is an Australian broadcaster with 774 ABC Radio in Melbourne. Gorr also is an author, voice artist, writer and performer. She first came to prominence with the satirical television character that she created called "Elle McFeast".
Gorr was born in Melbourne and educated at the Methodist Ladies' College. She began working in comedy while she was an arts and law student at the University of Melbourne. After graduation she became an articled clerk with the Melbourne law firm Phillips Fox. She also performed with the The Hot Bagels, an all-women cabaret group.
Gorr had her first regular media job as the voice of the Sportsgirl fashion chain when she was asked to "sound" like a photo of supermodel Elle Macpherson.
As the character Elle McFeast, Gorr performed in a number of award winning television shows, including Andrew Denton's Live and Sweaty. She was chosen by Denton to host Live and Sweaty after his retirement from the show. As McFeast she also created the TV specials Breasts, Sex, Guys and Videotape, Portrait of a Power Pussy and the television show Elle McFeast Live. Gorr made the transition to appearing as herself on camera with the Marie Clare "What Women Want" forums. She also hosted and helped create the televised IF awards for film in Australia. In 2001 a portrait of her, called "Excelle – Libbi Gorr", by painter Margarita Georgiadis, was entered in the Archibald Prize for portraiture. The painting was hung as a finalist. A photographic portrait by Petrea Hicks was also hung the following year.
In 2007 Gorr hosted the short-lived Channel Nine show The Catch Up. The program, a revised version of the American program The View, ran for only four months before being cancelled due to poor ratings. Gorr, however, received positive reviews.www.theage.com.au/news/tv--radio/the-catch-up-left-chasing-ratings/2007/05/091178390320853.html
Radio work and journalism
In January 2012, Gorr was appointed to host the Sunday morning program on 774 ABC Melbourne and across Victoria, replacing Alan Brough, while also hosting Saturday Breakfast and Mornings and other station duties. She also contributes as a columnist to Selector magazine, which specialises in wine and fine food.
In 2010, Gorr signed her first book deal with major Australian publishing house Harper Collins for The A–Z of Mummy Manners: An Etiquette Guide for Managing Other Children's Mothers and Assorted Mummy Dilemmas which was published in April 2011. Her second book The Bedtime Poem For Edible Children, illustrated by the best selling Bradley Trevor Greive, will be published in August 2012.
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