Dame Edna Everage, the wacky, lovable creation of writer-actor Barry Humphries, will sit down with host Jay Leno for an interview that will air Jan. 14. "The Tonight Show" airs on NBC at 11:35 PM ET. Check local listings. As previously announced, the Dame will also be the new Center Square on the syndicated game show "Hollywood Squares." Her appearances on the famed series will air during the week of Jan. 27. Humphries can also be seen in the silver-screen adaptation of "Nicholas Nickleby," which is now in movie theatres. The international star has also added another date to her Family tour: Feb. 28-March 16 at San Francisco's Curran Theatre.
Dubbed Australia's First Lady, Dame Edna is the invention of Humphries, a successful character actor in Europe and Australia as well as an esteemed landscape painter. Some of Humphries' theatrical credits include roles in Waiting for Godot, Oliver! and Maggie May, but his most successful outings have been as Dame Edna, a character he created in 1956. Humphries was given the Order of Australia in 1982 and was endowed with an Honorary Doctorate of Griffith University in Australia in 1994.
For more information about the inimitable Dame, go to www.dame-edna.com.