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2000/66/123 Cinema poster, paper, Annette Kellerman, Sydney Opera House, Australia, 1976-1980. Click to enlarge.

‘Million Dollar Mermaid’ cinema poster

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

This poster 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 r...

Summary

Object No.

2000/66/123

Object Statement

Cinema poster, paper, Annette Kellerman, Sydney Opera House, Australia, 1976-1980

Physical Description

Large colour poster which features a white background with red, blue and black detail. Caption 'Splish Splash' appears in a semi-circle shape at the top in blue. Sub-title "ANNETTE KELLERMAN/ AUSTRALIA'S/ FIRST/ SUPERSTAR/ 1886-1975/ The Million Dollar Mermaid" appears below the title in blue. Picture of Annette Kellerman in a bathing suit with arms outstretched appears in the centre. Text in the left half of the poster includes a summary of her achievements and, on the right side text advertises the public showing of scenes from Annette Kellerman's films in the Sydney Opera House's 'Pier Theatre'. A Sydney Opera House logo is featured at bottom.

Marks

On the reverse side in pencil appears the hand written inscription "HA1.5".

Dimensions

Height

1020 mm

Width

755 mm

Production

Notes

This poster was produced by the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

History

Notes

This poster advertises the public showing of scenes from Annette Kellerman's films at the Sydney Opera House's 'Pier Theatre' between 1976-1980. It was produced after her death and acquired by the Dennis Wolanski Library at the Sydney Opera House.

Source

Credit Line

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

Acquisition Date

24 May 2000

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Million Dollar Mermaid' cinema poster 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 22 September 2019, <https://ma.as/9185>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/9185 |title='Million Dollar Mermaid' cinema poster |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=22 September 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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