- Category : Entertainer
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Split - Small (9,36,60)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Explanation 2
Jeanne Little (born Jeanne Mitchell; 11 May 1938) is a Gold Logie -award winning Australian entertainer and TV personality.
Little was born in Sydney. Little made her television debut on Network Ten's Mike Walsh Show in September 1974. Invited on as a guest showcasing designer maternity clothes, she quickly became a regular, eventually (after a stint at Channel Seven) moving with the Walsh Show to Channel Nine. The Seven Network had attempted two short-lived shows featuring Little's unique talents: Jeanne's Little Show (a variety/chat series) and Cuckoo in the Nest, a situation comedy in which she played a wacky Auntie Mame-type character. As part of the Mike Walsh Show team again, Little wowed and won audiences for the next 15 years.
She was a guest on the Midday with Ray Martin and her appearance on the BBC's Michael Parkinson variety 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 La Rue.
In 1976 Little 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 American 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, Little's one woman tribute to Marlene Dietrich toured Australia and the US to critical acclaim, followed by More of a Little, which was filled with songs and chat.
In the late 90s through to the mid-2000s Little appeared on the panel discussion show Beauty and the Beast.
In February 2011, it was announced Little was suffering from Alzheimer's Disease and is being cared for in a nursing home.
Little married interior decorator, Barry Little, in 1971. Their daughter, Katie Little Poulton, runs her own graphic arts studio One of a Kind with her husband Tim and is patron of the Jeanne Little Alzheimer's Research Fund which has been set up in her mother's honour to raise funds for much needed research into this tragic illness.
In 2001 Little was awarded the Centenary Medal for service to the community.