Those Aussie Icons We Know and Love Part 1

While Hollywood is in the U.S., many of its stars actually come from Australia. Aussie culture has made itself known throughout the world, and here we’re going to look at those most famous of Australians who’ve truly made it as bona fide icons. Icons of pop culture are some the world’s most famous celebrities. While some celebrities might not be all that well known outside of their particular sphere, almost every one of us immediately recognises the name of an icon, even if they work in a medium or genre that we wouldn’t consider ourselves consumers in. Who doesn’t know who Madonna is, for example? You don’t have to like her music, or even pop music, in general, to be aware of the legendary Queen of Pop. The biggest icons of all are often those who helped to define an entire decade, such as Madonna did with the ’80s, or Elvis with the ’50s.

Some of the names on this list are so well-known that where they come from isn’t really all that important because they’re just so famous. Many fans might not know that they’re actually Australian if all they see them play are American roles in film and television, or singers with a neutral accent. There’ve been a whole host of Australian sporting icons, music icons, and TV personalities, as well as other celebrities who have helped shape the popular culture landscape over the past couple of decades. Here are some that I’m sure you’ll agree have reached the status of pop-culture icons.

Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue

Kylie is a modern-day princess of pop, right up there with Britney Spears. Not only has she sold more than 60 million records and won dozens of awards, she has enjoyed a successful television career in such beloved Australian shows as Neighbours, as well as appearing in films like Street Fighter and The Delinquents. While a number of actors from Neighbours launched pop careers, Kylie remains the gold standard. She has also become an adopted Brit.

Paul Hogan

Paul Hogan is a movie star, with his best-known role being Mick Dundee in the Crocodile Dundee trilogy. In fact, that character is one of Australia’s most famous characters ever. His comedic abilities enabled him to play the dim yet savvy bushman superbly. He won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his performance and was even nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. That’s right: he even wrote the movie, too.

As one of Australis’s most-famous and successful stars of all-time, Nicole Kidman has truly left her stamp on Hollywood with numerous critically-acclaimed and blockbusting movies. From movies such as Moulin Rouge and The Others, her movie hit list is indeed enough to make her an icon of pop culture. Added to that, her one-time marriage to perhaps the biggest movie start of his generation, Tom Cruise, surely helped. And now she’s married to another Aussie celebrity, country music star Keith Urban.

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