Jeanne Little, Australian icon and darling of Australian television for over 30 years, is living with Alzheimer's disease. Jeanne's daughter Katie has chosen to make it public and to create the Jeanne Little Alzheimer's Research Fund so that research can be undertaken into this debilitating disease that affects the lives of millions.
“Mum always poured so much energy into supporting many, many charities for which she was awarded an Order of Australia." says Katie. "She had huge compassion for people and was always trying to lift people's spirits and inspire them to make a difference. I know she'd love this research fund and would be thrilled to know she's still helping people even when she can't get out there and do it herself. Can you imagine what she would be saying? It would be like ‘Daaarlings! You've just got to help! You've just got to!'"
Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) commends Jeanne's family for their courage in sharing their story and we thank them for establishing the fund. We recognise that ageing and Alzheimer's disease are important and confronting issues affecting many Australians. Over 200,000 people in Australia have Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia, and this is set to rise in coming years.
"Here at NeuRA, we are examining what happens to the brain as we age," says Professor Tony Broe, Jeanne's doctor and specialist researcher at NeuRA's Ageing Research Centre. "We are identifying the causes of Alzheimer's and other dementias, working towards developing better diagnostic methods and improved treatments. The money raised from the Jeanne Little Alzheimer's Research Fund will help us continue this important work."
Please, make a donation today to the Jeanne Little Alzheimer's Research Fund. It is a powerful and meaningful way for you to help fund vital research at NeuRA.You will not only be showing your support for Jeanne and her family, but also for the thousands of other Australians and their families who are affected by this crippling disease.
or call Neuroscience Research Australia on 1300 888 019
or download a donation form and send it to:
Jeanne Little Alzheimer's Research Fund
Neuroscience Research Australia
PO Box 1165
Randwick NSW 2031
Jeanne made her television debut on Network Ten's Mike Walsh Show in September 1974. Invited on as a guest, she quickly became a regular, moving with the Mike Walsh Show to Channel Nine where, as part of the team, she wowed and won audiences for the next 15 years.
She was a guest on the Ray Martin Show and her appearance on the BBC's Michael Parkinson Show so startled London critics she had the London Evening News saying: "What a woman! With her in the house you wouldn't want a TV." Among the overseas guests she has appeared with are Phyllis Diller, George Burns and Danny LaRue.
In 1976, Jeanne won the Gold Logie for most popular television personality and has won two other Logies for her work on the Mike Walsh Show.
She performed at the Royal Command Bicentennial Concert before the Prince and Princess of Wales. Her stage career took off with Jerry's Girls where Australian director, John Frost, teamed Jeanne with Marcia Hines, Debra Byrne and Judi Connelli. Then came Legends with Kerrie Biddell, Toni Lamond and Nancye Hayes at the Sydney Opera House.
Marlene, Jeanne's one woman tribute to Marlene Dietrich, toured Australia and the US to critical acclaim. It was followed by ‘More of a Little', which was filled with song, chat and hilarity from the inimitable Jeanne.
Jeanne is married to interior decorator, Barrie and has one daughter, Katie and 2 grandchildren.
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