In a chaotic Sydney share-house in the Spring of 1972, a disheveled actor was lying naked on the fraying couch of an inner-city living room. The woman who had paid Jack Thompson $400 was wondering if the actor’s left hand was really big enough to cover his modesty and get her history-making magazine past the conservative censors who’d decide if it would make it to newsagent shelves. The Editor? Ita Buttrose. The magazine? Cleo.
On this first episode of Extraordinary Stories: Magazine Queens, Australian icon Ita Buttrose, historian Bridgette Griffin-Foley and others who lived through it take us back to the birth of a sensation: Australia’s Cleo Magazine.
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With thanks to Ita Buttrose and Bridget Griffen-Foley
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RESOURCES WE USED:
Australian Story on Kerry Packer https://www.abc.net.au/austory/a-complicated-life-part-1/12858254
Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo https://www.abc.net.au/tv/papergiants/
A Passionate Life by Ita Buttrose
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