‘Million Dollar Mermaid’ handbill

Made by Sydney Opera House in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1976-1980.

This handbill is part of a substantial collection of costumes and props used by Annette Kellerman (1886-1975). She became an international celebrity as an endurance swimmer, an entertainer of the vaudeville stage and a star of American silent films. She played a key role in popularising the one-piece swimsuit for women.

Born in Sydney, Kellerman took up swimming as a child to strengthen her semi-crippled legs. She became a champion, setting a New South Wales record for the 100 yards and a world...

Summary

2000/66/113
Single sheet in black and white headed in large block letters, "ANNETTE KELLERMAN/ AUSTRALIA'S/ FIRST/ SUPERSTAR/ 1886-1975/ The Million Dollar Mermaid". A picture of Annette Kellerman in a bathing suit appears at the centre front. On either side of the figure large panles of small text appear. On the left panel the text includes a brief summary of her achievements and on the right side the text advertises the public showing of scenes from a number of Kellerman's films in the Sydney Opera House's 'Pier Theatre'. Sydney Opera House logo is featured at the bottom.

Dimensions

355 mm

Production

This handbill was produced by the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, New south Wales, Australia. It advertises the public showing of scenes from a number of Annette Kellerman's films at the Sydney Opera House from 1976-1980.
Sydney Opera House 1976-1980

History

This poster was produced after Kellerman's death to promote a film screening at the Sydney Opera House. It poster advertises the public showing of scenes from a number of Annette Kellerman's films at the Sydney Opera House from 1976-1980. it was acquired by the Dennis Wolanski Library at the Sydney Opera House. It was later transferred from the Dennis Wolanski Library, Sydney Opera House, to the Powerhouse Museum.
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House 1976-1980

Source

Gift of the Dennis Wolanski Library, Sydney Opera House, 2000
24 May, 2000

Cite this Object

'Million Dollar Mermaid' handbill 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 28 June 2017, <https://ma.as/9166>
{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/9166 |title='Million Dollar Mermaid' handbill |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=28 June 2017 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}
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