Denise Drysdale

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Denise Drysdale

When she was just 17, Denise was employed as Melbourne’s first television go-go dancer. Her popularity led to the Australian Government inviting her to perform for troops in Vietnam in 1967. Denise is still actively involved with the Vietnam Veterans Association.

In 1974 Denise became Ernie Sigley’s barrel girl on The Ernie Sigley Show, where she was affectionately named Ding Dong.

In 1975 and 1976 she won the TV Week Gold and Silver Logie Awards for the Most Popular Female Personality on Australian television.

As an actress, Denise has appeared in several movies including The Last of the Knucklemen, Snap Shot and Blowing Hot and Cold, and she has starred on stage in Salad Days, Grease, The Barry Crocker Show, Two Gentlemen of Verona and Hello Dolly.

Denise is a frequent contributor on Studio 10. Denise’s other television credits include The Circle, Young Talent TIme, Spicks and Specks, Please Like Me, Countdown, The Norman Gunston Show, Bellbird, Celebrity Squares, Division Four, and Homicide. She also hosted her own midday talk show, Denise.

Denise is the co-host, alongside Jessica Rowe, of the weekly comedy podcast, One Fat Lady and One Thin Lady, which debuted at #1 on Apple Podcasts.

In January 2018, Australia Post included Denise in a special collection of stamps honouring much-loved TV personalities.