She was brilliant, so we made her point at things

Former game show assistant Adriana Xenides has died suddenly at 54.

Says her publicist:

”She was well-educated, came from a great family and spoke five languages… She had such an amazing insight into life and the world, and a great passion for animals.”

Five languages – wow. Isn’t it wonderful that the best use the Australian television industry could find for her was turning letters around and pointing at prizes?

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17 responses to “She was brilliant, so we made her point at things

  1. Maybe so Jeremy, but she turned those letters and pointed to those prizes with style and grace.

  2. Splatterbottom

    ” the best use the Australian television industry could find for her”

    Sure, she had no say in it. There was no way she could find alternative opportunities for her skills. The world is full of rich tragic celebrities oppressed by fame and circumstance. Poor old Prince was subjected to a life of slavery and couldn’t even have a real name.

    Or maybe Adriana enjoyed what she was doing, and chose to keep doing it. Putting on the ditz can be fun and quite lucrative.

  3. Putting on the ditz can be fun and quite lucrative.

    Well I guess you’d know.

  4. I think there’s something almost supernatural about the whole situation. That stomach problem was way weird (and still unsolved). And the way that her personal energy was so remarked upon by friend, yet so effective on television.

    Deal with the devil?

    BTW So Baby John Burgess left her? What was that all about I wonder…

  5. Well I suppose the Australian television industry could have put her on SBS teaching those other four languages. Would that have been a better use of her talents?

  6. Jeremy You make the false assumption that she was forced to take the job, you do realise that there are a lot of people who can separate what they do to make money from what defines them as a person don’t you?

  7. Once again you manage to completely misunderstand a post.

  8. I think Iain is trying to say that he likes you, even though you’re a lawyer. Which is nice.

  9. How so Jeremy?
    Isn’t your point that a woman who spoke many languages (and who is there fro smart) is capable of doing much more than flashing some well formed flesh and faux smiles on a silly game show?

    I am sure that you wanted to suggest some patronizing sexism on the part of the shows producers or even some rather obtuse observations about women’s careers.

    My comment precisely answers your point.
    What we do to make money does not have to be the reason that we get up in the morning .

  10. There’s not even all that many sentences in the post, but I’ll repeat the critical one for Iain:

    “Isn’t it wonderful that the best use the Australian television industry could find for her was turning letters around and pointing at prizes?”

    That’s my point.

  11. Splatterbottom

    The real question should have been isn’t it wonderful that the best use she could put her talents to was turning letters around and pointing at prizes?”

  12. Not really. The Australian television industry is the entity that will continue to make these decisions, not Adriana Xenides.

  13. Jeremy
    Taking your usual sarcasm into account how is my analysis of “your point” wrong??

  14. Splatterbottom

    The choice of career was hers. She didn’t have to work in the television industry, and she could have sought other employment there.

  15. Lets be real here usually a show like that is taped several shows at a time (maybe even a couple of weeks worth on one day and as a “co presenter” she would have got a reasonable wage for a few days work a month, sounds like a good gig to me. Its not deep and meaningful but why does it have to be?

  16. Can’t believe this, but I am with Iain and SB. For all we know, she might have loved that job. After all, she did it for 18 years. She might have passed up other opportunities so as to keep doing it. Nobody held a gun to her head.

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