R.I.P Christine Amphlett
October 1959 - 21 April 2013)
ARIA would like to express its
sadness at the passing of singer, songwriter and actress Christine ‘Chrissy’
Amphlett on 21 April 2013 at the age of 53.
Amphlett founded the Divinyls in
Sydney in 1980 with guitarist Mark McEntee. The two would be the group’s core
members throughout their career. The band released five studio albums, three of
which charted inside the top ten in Australia. They topped the ARIA Singles
Chart in early 1991 with ‘I Touch Myself’. In 2006 Divinyls were inducted into
the ARIA Hall Of Fame; the ceremony saw the band performing together for the
first time in a decade.
Throughout the years Amphlett
acted in a number of stage and screen productions including the film Monkey
Grip and the original stage production of The Boy From Oz, in
which she portrayed Judy Garland.
Amphlett succumbed to the effects
of breast cancer and multiple sclerosis, diseases she vigorously fought with
exceptional bravery and dignity. She passed gently, in her sleep, surrounded by
close friends and family.
Our sincere condolences go to the family, friends and fans of