Jan 30, 2015

Why the Oz called Colleen McCullough fat and ugly in her obituary

An unnamed (and deceased) obituary writer has been handed the blame by those within the newspaper.

Myriam Robin — Media Reporter

Myriam Robin

Media Reporter

At around 6pm last night, as most Australian newspapers were being finalised, news filtered out that Australia’s best-selling author, Colleen McCullough, had died, aged 77.

The Australian gave the news a great deal of prominence, running an in-depth reaction piece quoting Australia’s leading literary figures by literary editor Stephen Romei on the front page.

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5 thoughts on “Why the Oz called Colleen McCullough fat and ugly in her obituary

  1. John Taylor

    The Australian used an obit written in advance by a person who has actually predeceased the subject of the obit itself and still managed to fail to proof read it to make sure it passed the pub test?

    That is pure talent.

  2. Khrish Oman

    It seems that Colleen McCullough was at peace with her appearance and her attractiveness to men.

    If we must be offended, let it at the uncharitable headline rather than the relatively objective obituary

  3. DiddyWrote

    “An unnamed (and deceased) obituary writer”

    My bet is, it was Christopher Pearson.

  4. ggm

    They still use central-pool subbies don’t they? the model comes in for a major shellacking in the fairfax biog I read last month.

    I’m also betting Pearson, and a sense that the subs are sh*t-scared of the bignames and assumed any file Obit had been pre-cleared.

  5. Lehan Ramsay

    Yes. It’s very similar to the one written about my uncle Jim.

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