Tina Grenville: A Life in Three Acts
Born Kristine DeLacy, Tina Grenville's privileged childhood did nothing to prepare her for being thrust into the spotlight in the most terrible of circumstances. At 19 years of age with a young baby, her hedonistic former husband disappeared from a Wellington wharf one morning - ... read full description below.
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Tina Grenville always wanted to be an actress. Widowed at the age of 20, in mysterious and still unresolved circumstances, she was forced to find work as a housekeeper on a remote Hawke's Bay farm. Eventually able to move to Auckland with her young son, she became first a radio actress, then a leading photographic and catwalk model. One of 'Paddy's Girls', an elite stable of top models, in 1964 she won Model of the Year. Encouraged to move to Australia, she was a resounding success, in demand with leading couturiers and top fashion magazines. Finally achieving her childhood ambition, she became a long-standing cast member on Logie award-winning series 'The Godfathers'. A regular guest on television game shows and Paramount telemovies, she stayed in Australia for 14 years before moving back to New Zealand in 1980, to host her own show, 'Good Morning', for Northern Television. A panellist on 'Beauty and the Beast', with the legendary Selwyn Toogood, and a regular at Wellington's Downstage Theatre, she has continued working as an actress, having recently completed a supporting role in the movie adaptation of Ronald Hugh Morrieson's work 'Predicament'. This is her story - tragic, absorbing, funny, poignant and uplifting. Her insights into life, love and the lives of the lovely will have you laughing and crying in equal measure.
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Tina Grenville is a lively, erudite sparkly-eyed woman in her seventies with a more than average take on a life less ordinary. Star of stage, catwalk, television and motion picture screen, she now lives on Auckland's west coast and writes in a caravan.