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Jane Badler: Songstress

In an interview with Australia's The Advertiser, Jane Badler (undoubtedly forever known as the original "V'"s Diana), admits that had she not moved Down Under following her late 1980s run on MIssion Impossible, she would have been swept up in the need for ever-increasing celebrity in Hollywood. "It's impossible not to get caught up in all of that in LA," she said.

Diana2om7  "Instead," offers the article, "the former beauty queen, sci fi siren and soapie actress fell in love with an Aussie bloke and became the most exotic housewife in the exclusive Melbourne suburb of Toorak. Eighteen years later, she is bringing that exotica, with just a hint of erotica, to the Fringe where she is going to sing her life stories."

   As she noted, "I stopped being mainstream when I came to Australia. What I was doing back then was wonderful, but what I am doing now is just as wonderful and way more avant garde."

   Says The Advertiser, "It seems a strange thing to say for a woman whose name to many rings rich with associations of guinea pig eating. Could there be a more avant garde pursuit? This was all part of the personality cult of 'V's' Diana, a bizarre phenomenon for which Badler says she is now grateful. The geek adoration and the sheer offbeat notoriety was quite a foot up in the LaLa Land recognition stakes. 

   "Badler has collaborated with one Jesse Shepherd and his 'indie grunge' band, Sir, to put her tales to music. She says it is a light move of style. She has been singing jazz and cabaret, but the new style delivers more for a pop cabaret character. 'Fun,' declares Badler. 'It's been a wonderful collaboration which seems to feed us both. We've played Sydney and the Spiegeltent and everyone who hears us seems to love us.' 

   "Badler, whose first singing gig was at the Playboy Club, describes the show as 'the dark, sexual adventures of a Toorak society matron.'"

   For those of you in Australia, Jane Badler is playing the Bosco Theatre, Garden of Unearthly Delights, March 11 and 12th. 
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