Actress Lisa McCune has won the Gold Logie, considered by many to be the highest accolade in Australian television, for her work in the television drama production "Blue Heelers." This is the second Gold Logie for McCune, a theatre-trained actress who graduated from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and has recently established herself in musical theatre. The Logies, which last night celebrated its 40th anniversary, are awarded in two categories. One is based on popular appeal and decided by public vote, while others are awarded by a panel on the basis of critcal merit. McCune's Gold Logie for being the most popular TV personality and her Silver award for most popular actress, were each based on television viewer's votes.
Indeed it is her popularity which was considered to be part of the box-office appeal of the Melbourne Theatre Company's production of A Little Night Music last year and this year's Into the Woods, in which she played the roles of Anne and Cinderella respectively. Combining a demanding schedule of television production and theatre also enabled her to play in a production of Love Letters in 1997.
McCune's co-star in the television series in which she plays policewoman Maggie Doyle, acclaimed theatre actor John Wood was also nominated for this year's Gold Logie. The ceremony at Melbourne's Crown Casino was attended by overseas guests Kathy Najimy, Kenny Rogers, Reba McEntire and Matt LeBlanc.
–By Russell Watson