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MEGAN EDWARDS

In 1937 Megan Edwards acted in NTL’s Squaring the Circle, Bury The Dead and played Miss Crews in Boy Meets Girl. In 1939 she played Joe Bonaparte's love interest in Golden Boy.

Born ca 1917 of Welsh heritage, Megan Edwards left school at 15 and worked in a factory packing dried fruits while studying hairdressing at night, then opened a North Shore salon. She got her professional break in 1939 when Christine Maple playing the ingénue Peggy in the Minerva’s The Women fell ill and Megan toured Australia with the show. At Sydney’s Minerva she also acted in Love on the Dole, Elizabeth the Queen, Quiet Wedding and The Man Who Came to Dinner, and had roles with the Sydney Players’ Club. Then living with her family at Roseville, she received big publicity for That Certain Something made by Clarence Badger’s Argosy Films in 1941 at Pagewood Studios.

She had planned to take up a three-year contract in Hollywood, but in 1943 was touring with The Man Who Came to Dinner. During the run she became ill and her part was played by Robert Helpmann’s sister Sheila. In 1945 Megan was on stage in Queensland in Springtime for Henry with Lloyd Lamble’s touring Modern Players. She lived in the USA for two years with her husband Dick MacGowan. In 1949 they had plans to go into the hotel business in the Australia.

Megan Edwards had rheumatic fever as a child and in 1952 was the first person in Australia to have mitral valve surgery, by pioneer heart surgeon Dr Frank Mills.



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