Bet You Didn’t Know They Were Jewish #13

It’s been a few years since the last post in this series, but who’s counting

For more posts in the series, see here.

Today’s Jew:

  • Bills herself as “probably the most popular and gifted woman in the world today”
  • Is a housewife, investigative journalist, social anthropologist, talk show host, swami, children’s book illustrator, spin doctor, Megastar, and Icon
  • With Olivia Newton-John, Kylie Minogue and Nicole Kidman, is one of a remarkable succession of female stars to emerge from Australia
  • Appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, covering the Royal Wedding
  • Was denounced by actress Salma Hayek

And the mystery Jew is…

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Dame Edna

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About Aussie Dave

An Aussie immigrant to Israel, Aussie Dave is founder of Israellycool, one of the world's most popular pro-Israel blogs (and the one you are currently reading) He is a happy family man, and a lover of steak, Australian sports and girlie drinks

comments

  • faboutlaws

    What gives her away? is it the hair or the lipstick? Listen, I don't want any one pissed at me, but she could be a Separated at Birth twin with Helen Thomas.

    • Shy Guy

      In Thomas' dreams!

  • jpl

    Was she really denounced by Selma Hayek? Why?

  • juvanya

    he creeps me out..

  • CJrun

    Naw, I'd'a guessed that. To know Selma Hayek is to know why she would deonounce any decent person, or even Dame Edna. Hayek is as reflexively and outspokenly left wing as anybody in Hollywood, which helps her stay employed.

  • Steve Bronfman

    This makes me think of an anecdote Barry Humpries told at one of his shows;

    Baron Benjamin Britain was in Australia to see the construction of the Sydney Opera House in the early '70s and he remarked to his "tourguide," an Australian MP, something along the lines of

    "For a country of your size this is an impressive building, even in England we have nothing so modern and grand"

    To which the Aussie MP supposedly replied,

    "If it wasn't for the fags and the Jews Australia would be a cultural wasteland"

  • Shy Guy

    Dave, now that I've done some Googling, what do you have which documents Humphries as being Jewish?

    • Jim from Iowa

      I took the post as a bit of fun on Dave's part. Mr. Humphries' alter ego, Dame Edna, has Jewsih roots, not Mr. Humphries himself. Besides, I've heard so many definitions of "being Jewish" I don't think there's anything like universal consensus on the subject. Does Mike Myers have to be Jewish to become "Coffee Talk" diva Linda Richman? Oy, for such a nice Jewish boy, you can be such a nudge sometimes.

    • http://www.israellycool.com/ israellycool

      Dame Edna is Jewish, not Humphries.

      • Shy Guy

        Edna's about as Jewish as her identical twin, Pink Floyd!

        • Jim from Iowa

          What about Pink Floyd's "The Wall?" Under the right circumstances, this could well be construed as a reference to the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism.

          • z303

            Ooh, are you going to get it for that gaffe!

            • Jim from Iowa

              Just to clarify, when I said "under the right circumstances" I meant if you were drinking with a bunch of friends and started talking about the nexus between rock bands and Jewish identity. Not a sports bar, but a piano bar filled with Boston ferns that you might find in the East Village.

              • z303

                I was referring to the fact that you called the "Western Wall" the holiest place in Judaism. That's a sore point with a lot of people. (Can't win, can you? Here you made sure to use the right name and all. Believe me, you're not the only one.)

                As the Latma parody of "Jerusalem of Gold has the cynical jounalist singing – the Wall, whatisname, the temple mount…

                • Jim from Iowa

                  I can tell you that being a Methodist is a lot less complicated.

                  • z303

                    I thought Methodism was very complicated. "Methods" and all. In fact, Victorianlism is really Methodist; didn't have much to do with Victoria, who was rather wild.

                    I don't know, how are Texans about the Alamo? And that was relatively recent.

                    • Jim from Iowa

                      Believe me, confirmation in the Methodist Church is a breeze compared to the issues dealt with at any discussion group at your local Yeshiva.

                    • z303

                      You mean a discussion of the finer points of civil law? Would resemble more a law school discussion, and I haven't been there.

                      But, of course, Judaism isn't meant to be one-size-fits-all, unlike Christianity and Islam.

                    • z303

                      At any rate, this is something of a nationalist point, more than a religious one. That is, the emphasis on the wall detracts from the significance of the Temple mount itself. Not that the Moslems don't claim the wall also. Did you know Mohammed tied his horse to it?

                    • Jim from Iowa

                      I'm not familiar with this tale of Mohammed's horse. I think it did have wings, though, so that Mohammed could ascend into heaven from the Dome of the Rock. As tall tales go, I prefer Paul Bunyan and Pecos Bill to these religious-themed ones.

                    • z303

                      Oh, I used to love that stuff (Paul Bunyan and all) when I was a kid. Or did you just see the Disney version?

                    • z303

                      No, he tied it to the Kotel, according to ggod Muslim expansionist thinking. I think you are thinking of how he got there. And, of course, it doesn't actually say where it was.

  • Steve Bronfman

    Actually shyguy Humpries says in his (auto)biography that Edna is based on his childhood (and lifelong) friends (a prominent Rabbi John Levi’s) mother

  • Steve Bronfman

    http://www.portrait.gov.au/site/collection_info.php?searchtype=basic&searchstring=&irn=586

    This is a link to Humpries portrait of Levi which is displayed in the Australian National portrait Gallery.