In the early 1950s, Sydney teenager Jeanette Elphick was a modelling sensation, so beautiful that she was nicknamed “The Face”. At 17, she made her local movie debut with Chips Rafferty in an Australian cowboy flick called The Phantom Stockman. In 1955 Jeanette got her big break when she worked with Bob Hope, during his first tour Down Under, and the veteran funnyman recommended she go to Hollywood. She did — and became an overnight star under the name Victoria Shaw, thanks to her role with Tyrone Power in The Eddy Duchin Story. More good roles followed — in film noirs The Crimson Kimono and Edge Of Eternity, biopic I Aim For The Stars and sci-fi hit Westworld. But her fame came at a price.
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The Model & The Murder Case — Part One & Two
From 1950 Sydney model Shirley Beiger regularly wore the lastest frocks and swimwear at fashion shows and posed for newspapers and magazine articles and advertisements, her fresh face and attractive figure used to promote cars and furnishings. But in 1954, aged just 22, Shirley shot her lover dead outside a Sydney nightclub. But why did she kill this man — and what punishment would she face?
In 1946 a crew of four was sailing the ketch Nova down the New South Wales coast when they and their boat vanished in bad weather. Five months later one skeletal figure washed up nearly 1000 miles away, having endured one of history’s most epic oceanic ordeals. But for this survivor the battle was just beginning. And listen also to the Bonus Side Note Episode: Where The Truth Lies.