Born in Melbourne in 1948, Denice Anne Christina Drysdale (she later changed the spelling to Denise) began her career as a dancing three-year-old.
Having won numerous dancing competitions, at age 11 Denise Drysdale made her television debut. However, by age 16, she was sacked from Graham Kennedy’s In Melbourne Tonight for being overweight and the “weak link”. Photographed at the time by a Channel Nine photographer, Denise went on to win the annual Girl of the Year Award with Everybody’s magazine in 1964.
Claiming to be a singer, despite never having sung professionally in her life, Denise Drysdale was invited to tour Australia with Ray Brown and the Whispers. She was then offered a recording contract and appeared in 26 episodes of the ABC’s Dig We Must.
Employed as Melbourne’s first go-go dancer at age 17, Denise’s popularity led to the Australian Government inviting her to perform for the troops in Vietnam for three weeks in 1967. In 1969, she went to the Far East to entertain American troops.
In 1974, Denis Drysdale became Ernie Sigley’s barrel girl on The Ernie Sigley Show, earning the nick-name Ding Dong.
In 1975 Denise won the TV Week Gold Logie for the Most Popular Female Personality on Australian TV. She won her second Gold Logie the following year. In the same period, she also won consecutive Silver Logies.
Over the years Denise Drysdale has appeared regularly on numerous television shows including: The Norman Gunston Show, Celebrity Squares, Young Talent Time, Countdodwn, Division Four, Homicide and Bellbird.
As an actress, Denise Drysdale has appeared in the movies, The Last of The Knucklemen, Snap Shot and Blowing Hot and Cold. While onstage, she has appeared in many plays and musicals including: Salad Days, Grease, The Barry Crocker Show, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Hello Dolly in 1994. She also spent two years in Sydney doing Weekend Magazine and Beauty and the Beast.
In 1989, Denise Drysdale teamed up with Ernie Sigley again to host In Melbourne Today, and in 1991 began a Sydney version of the show In Sydney Today.
In 1998, Denise Drysdale joined the Seven Network to present her own show for the first time, simply called Denise. In 2000, she celebrated 40 years in television, an extraordinary achievement for any performer.
In demand in the corporate arena, Denise Drysdale is honest, down to earth and her “let’s entertain them”philosophy works like a charm with sponsors and the general public alike. Her motto of “no job too small” has stood her in good stead and her corporate clients include: Telstra, Australia Post, Kidz Biz, The Housing Commission Association, Freight Awards, Asia on Parade, International Lifestyle Convention, Recycling Australia, and the Grand Prix Victoria.