Aussie entertainer Jeanne Little has died aged 82

Kristine Tarbert
·Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·1-min read

Aussie entertainer Jeanne Mitchell, professionally known as Jeanne Little, has died at the age of 82.

Jeanne Little's daughter Katie posted on social media that her mother's death was a "huge shock".

Jeanne Little
Jeanne Little has died at the age of 82. Photo: Network 10

"My mother has left the earthly plane. This is a huge shock - but I'm so grateful,” she wrote on Facebook.

"Love you all my friends."

Katie created the Jeanne Little Alzheimer's Research Fund in 2011 after the Australian icon and television darling of more than 30 years was diagnosed with the disease in 2009.

Jeanne made her TV debut in 1974, appearing on the high-rating daytime program The Mike Walsh Show, which was then airing on Network Ten.

Her trademark was flamboyant outfits, an over-the-top personality and her drawling speech which included greeting everyone as "daaahling".

Academy Awards Luncheon, Greater Union Centre.  Jeanne Little. March 31, 1987. (Photo by Ross Anthony Willis/Fairfax Media via Getty Images).
Jeanne made her TV debut in 1974. Photo: Getty

Three years after making her first appearance on television, Little won the Gold Logie for Most Popular (Female) Australian entertainer and TV personality.

In what was one of her last interviews, just before the 2008 Logie awards, she recalled her thoughts to a TV Week reporter who asked what it meant to win the Gold Logie.

"Well daaahling, I was in total shock. Absolute shock, I thought, "What me? Winning a Gold Logie? For heaven's sake this is ridiculous, there's been a mistake."

At the height of her TV career, Little even released a single titled after her famous catchcry, "Dahling, Are You Paying Attention?".

With reporting by AAP.

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