Barry Humphries loved women but was fourth time lucky in marriage

Barry Humphries makes hilarious This Morning appearance in 2021

Barry Humphries died aged 89 at a Sydney hospital with his wife Lizzie Spender, 73, and family by his side.

Lizzie and Barry had been happily married since 1990 but he was previously married three times.

The Australian entertainer once said he adored women so much that he “wouldn’t mind if there were no men in the world at all”.

He told The Guardian in 2018: “I really do like women. Women know more.

“My sister’s school magazine was full of poems and romance, mine was full of sport.

“Women know more about life … they bring it into the world … they are much more honest … they cook. My wife is a wonderful cook, which is why I’m so morbidly obese.”

Barry first married Brenda Wright in 1955 when he was just 21 and his long-running career was just beginning.

However, as his success began to increase, his marriage failed and the pair divorced after two years.

Barry then wed Rosalind Tong in 1959 and the pair had two daughters: Tessa and Emily.


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They divorced after 12 years and Barry went on to meet Australian painter, Diane Millstead, and they married in 1979 at London’s Marylebone Registry Office.

They shared two sons, Oscar and Rupert, and also collaborated on his 1987 film Les Patterson Saves the World.

However, their relationship eventually broke down after 10 years and they divorced in 1989.

Reflecting on his life, legendary comedian previously admitted that he was not a great husband in his first three marriages because he “didn’t know what to do”.

He added, as reported by MailOnline, that he was often “tripping and falling into love”.

He said: “No one told me how to do it. We learn by example but my parents didn’t teach me anything about it.”

As for why his fourth and final marriage had lasted for so long, Barry said it was because he was “a bit smarter now”.

Barry’s death came after he had suffered complications from hip surgery and was hospitalised in a “serious” condition.

In a statement, his family assured fans that he was “completely himself until the very end” and “never lost his brilliant mind”.

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