By Leonie Wood
Steve Vizard had all of it: wealth, repute and gear, in equivalent and ambitious proportions . . .Once a well-liked, fast-quipping television comic and Gold Logie winner, a attorney and much-loved kin guy who had even been topped 'Father of the Year', Vizard had turn into a relied on group hero. at the forums of numerous businesses, together with Telstra, Vizard all for each element of public and company lifestyles. and during the charitable Vizard origin, he used to be noticeable to foster paintings and different strong causes.Then a few curious cheque transactions and the invention of six mysterious work in Vizard's own files prompted investigations into Vizard's former bookkeeper, Roy Hilliard, who, it became out, had swindled with regards to $3 million from Vizard over numerous years. yet Hilliard knew plenty of secrets and techniques approximately his previous boss, and whilst confronted with legal fees he hit again tough, accusing the businessman of unlawful proportion offers and extra. He portrayed Vizard as a grasp of deception whose public photograph used to be a charade; Hilliard depicted himself as only the businessman's dupe. Vizard, even if, observed it very differently.In this compelling tale of Vizard's fall from grace, Leonie wooden seeks to discover the fellow in the back of the general public personality, and to reply to the query at the lips of many: why did he do it? was once it greed, audacity or sheer stupidity? And what can we fairly find out about Steve Vizard?
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She was the youngest of six children born to Edward Russell Wilmoth and Mary Joy Southwell of Malvern; one of her three sisters, Wendy, who is twelve years older, is a judge of the Victorian County Court, and one of her two brothers, Peter, who is about two years older than Sarah, is an author and a journalist at the Age. Steve Vizard once said he was captivated by Sarah’s ‘dancing green eyes’ and that the day she agreed to marry him ‘my life was irrevocably filled with happiness’. So there were several sound reasons to stay exactly where he was: ‘Career-path, money, just been married, going to have kids, respectability—all the reasons I never wanted to do entertainment in the first instance,’ he told Kissane.
Sandwiched between curly questions about the devastating effects of a pilots’ strike were Vizard’s quietly insistent demands that Strong share details about his penchant for distinctive bow-ties. Did he prefer silk or cotton? Vizard asked. And is it easier to undo, er, silk ties at night? Boom-boom. ’ ‘Oh yeah,’ she replied. ’ Vizard seemed genuinely stunned. Comedy writers say that the best live work usually contains an element of danger or subversion, so that the audience should never be able to predict the outcome.
Dulled by the routine, the ritual, the structures, young Vizard just wanted to break away from it all and get into the real world. Not that there was anything wrong with Carey—far from it. Carey was a well-respected school, a middle-class and independent all-boys college when Vizard attended, and although it might not have enjoyed the elite cachet of, say, Scotch College or Melbourne Grammar, some of the nation’s leaders hailed from Carey—or more correctly, some aspiring leaders graduated from its hallowed corridors.
Funny Business: The Rise and Fall of Steve Vizard by Leonie Wood