Bio

Welcome to  pennyclifford.net – the online home of one of Australia’s most fabulous showgirls!

Here you will find info on Ms Penny Clifford, Photos, Video’s and her blogs where she will talk about things she is passionate about.

Miss Penny Clifford started her career, in the 80’s,winning many talent contests on the drag strip, especially contests at Flo’s Palace and Balmain Town Hall Hotel.

From there she moved to being a full time showgirl at Patch’s Nightclub on Oxford St, Sydney where she stayed happily for over 7 years as part of a dream team of stars, including, Trixie Lamont, Maggie Burns, Poala Negri, Jay Jay Bailey and many more.

Penny was then asked to join the 5 time Mo Award winning show ‘Simone & Monique’s Playgirls Revue’ (Very Las Vegas) and happily jumped at the chance to Tour Australia and beyond, in Straight Clubs & Casinos, where she stayed for many years, developing and learning, many crafts not only on stage, but behind the scenes in organization and management.

Growing weary of ‘living out of a suitcase’ Penny, started a show called “Raw Images’ with 2 fabulous talents, Ashley Swift & Anton Scott, and based in Sydney, took over the gay scene, working 6 shows a week for over 3 years, and with some cast changes, including Simon Major & Peter Clarke, the show toured Sydney and Country venues and was very popular.

During this time Penny started working a ‘Day ‘ Job for a newspaper called the ‘Village Voice’ which got her involved in an awards night called ‘The Caps Awards’ held at Paddington RSL Club’ hosted by  Miss Rose Jackson.  The awards had been organized by other people in past year, but this year it was Penny’s turn.

After the success of that year as the fable goes’ Penny, Ian and Dot (Diva Founding Members) got to together and The Diva Awards was born! (Drag Industry Variety Awards)

The Diva Awards became the night of the year, that everyone looked forward to, and the small team of 3 turned into a much larger and successful team over the years.

During the course of The Diva Awards growing Penny became one of the Managers at DCM Hotel, one of the most popular Nightspots on Oxford Street for many, many years. Penny stayed at DCM for over 10 years, and during this time, helped to raise much needed funds for Ward 17 South, the  Aids Ward at St Vincent’s Hospital, and  through star studded shows held annually at DCM over $100,000 was raised.. Penny also performed at many other functions and charity nights and even compered for 5 years at Xtreme Nightclub a very popular multi gender Strip club & Also compared Wildkatz Australia, a touring show.

Penny was just at home on stage as off, and organized many theme parties, events and functions over the years,, including the Diva Award winning Drag Extravaganza, “Decades of Drag’ a 4 week ‘This is your Life’ style concept held at the Taylor Square Hotel.

Penny was Honoured at The Stonewall Hotel Awards by winning Transexual Of The Year in 1999.

After 10 years at both DCM Hotel and The Diva Awards, Penny, had the call of Grease paint once again and left both companies and returned to the stage on a more full time basis in Carlotta’s Priscilla Show, Penny didn’t rest there, but put her managerial & organizational skills to the test once more, with Unique Entertainment, An Artists Management Company, looking after Carlotta and Singers such as Melissa Tkautz and Keren Minshull and Mary Kiani.

From there it was only a short jump to a Music Producer and a Director of JRB Music, and had chart success with Melissa Tkautz’s album Glamorous Life and with Scottish Dance Artist Mary Kiani’s new album Sydney Sessions.

In 2006 Penny was Honoured by winning the prestigious Diva Hall Of Fame, and from this point on Penny’s Legendary status was amplified.

Penny kept Touring and managing with Carlotta’s Priscilla Show for many years and also managed to fit in many guest appearance’s, including shows at The Sydney Opera House, The Adelaide Drag Festival and Producing 6 major shows for Mardi Gras, with stars such as Cosima DeVito, David Campbell and many more.

Penny Constantly shows herself as an all round Entertainer in many areas and has appeared on many TV shows including, Elle McFeast Specials, Fat Pizza, The Today Show, Megan Gale’s ‘Bodyworks’ and appeared in music clips for artists such as JoBeth Taylor, Rosie Henshaw, and more recently Penny appeared for Mama Mia Tv in their Resilience Series in her own special hosted by Shelly Horton on being Transgender.

Penny has also worked in many Hotels and Clubs such as DCM Hotel Sydney , Stockholm Syndrome Cabaret Room QLD and the iconic Imperial Hotel in Sydney in Promotions and Marketing and is passionate about her work.

Penny is very proud of herself , where she started from, and where she grew too, and feels that her personal journey, still has a long way to go, but hopefully that in the years to come she will experience many new and exciting parts of life!

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