Peer behind the glitz and glamour of Wheel of Fortune and Australia's sweetheart - Adriana Xenides. Xenides’ biography is operatic in scale. It’s a story that draws on many tropes: rags to riches, the migrant’s journey, the fairytale princess and the tragic icon. Join Black Swan for the world premiere of Xenides the musical, at the State Theatre Centre in Perth this October - November.
- Adriana Xenides was born on January 9, 1956 in Buenos Aires, Argentina as Adriana Coutsaimanis and died in Sydney 7 June 2010 from a ruptured intestine, after several years of ill health.
- She was an Australian television presenter, former model, children’s author and actress, known for Golden Fiddles (1991), Angel Baby (1995) and Wheel of Fortune (1981).
- She holds the distinct record as being the longest-running game show host/co-host for her 18-year run on Wheel of Fortune (1981) in Australia according to the "Guinness book of World records". For the first 15 years 1981 -1996 she never missed an episode. She left in 1999.
- Co-hosted with Ernie Singley (1981). John Burgess (1984 – 1996), Tony Barber (1996) and Rob Elliot.
- Later TV appearances include: panelist on the talk show Beauty and the Beast. Contestant on Celebrity Big Brother - Stint with John Burgess on Burgo’s Catch Phrase.
- She presented the multi-award-winning promotional film Adelaide Welcomes the World for the South Australian Film Corporation.
- She wrote a book "The Silver Dog and the Bear" and donated all the money to the Royal Guide Dogs Associations of Australia.
- She was a finalist in the first Miss South Australia contest in 1978.
- She was married to Frank Cortazzo, Michael Xenides and Robert Phillips.