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Prominent People from Melbourne

Melbourne is home to some Australians who made it big in their chosen fields. Some are actors and writers. Others are athletes, politicians and businessmen. Want to know who they are?

Famous Actors

Cate Blanchett is a multi-award winning actress rising to the international scene when she portrayed the role of Elizabeth I of England in the film Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Her other notable films include The Aviator, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit trilogy and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Guy Pearce is another prominent Australian actor. He’s been on the Australian television series Neighbours and in the films The King’s Speech, Prometheus and Iron Man 3. If you watched the Marvel Comics film Hulk in 2003, you’ve seen another Australian actor, Eric Bana, who played the role of Bruce Banner and Hulk. Rachel Griffiths is a prominent actress best known for playing a role in the HBO series Six Feet Under and in the ABC primetime drama Brothers & Sisters.

Achievers in the World of Sports

As a world’s sporting capital, Melbourne has produced several well-known athletes in varying fields of sports. Ron Barassi is a retired Australian Rules Football player. Referred to as “Legend,” he was the first player to become part of the “Australian Football Hall of Fame.”

Pat Cash and Mark Philippoussis have made their mark in the field of tennis. International cricketer Shane Warne was named Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for the years 1997 and 2004. John Landy, an Olympic runner, led the athlete’s oath in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and was famous for his unforgettable act of Sportsmanship.

Stars in the Music World

Famous Australian singers that graced this world include Dame Nellie Melba, Kylie Minogue and Olivia Newton-John. Dame Nellie Melba was a great opera singer during the late Victorian era in the early 20th century. Kylie Minogue, the Pop Princess, also starred in the Australian soap Opera Neighbours. Olivia Newton-John, a four-time Grammy award winner, is one of the best-selling music artists in the world. She also starred in the hit Hollywood film Grease.

Other Prominent People from Melbourne

Writers who became famous include playwright David Williamson, feminist writer Germaine Greer and novelist Helen Garner. Politicians who held the position of Prime Minister of Australia are Alfred Deakin (2nd Prime Minister) and John Malcolm Fraser (22nd Prime Minister). Sir John Eccles is a Nobel Prize winner in the field of Physiology for his work on the synapse.

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