Possibly the best interview on that deep dive.
A real effort would have been involved in getting Kathy into a hard hat dive suit. Most women would not attempt it. We’ve known Kathy to go camping and sleep in a tent pitched on snow. A big deal in Australia. The deep dive was made when still aged sixteen and without her parents knowledge.
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Kathy’s first documentary ‘Mermaids in Paradise’ when aged 19 (National Screen and Sound Archives)
The underwater photography career of Ben Cropp got a boost with his material of a whale shark and diver off Montague Island NSW in 1965. Very rare footage at the time. Although photographed only with 16mm movie film the quality was good and large prints were enabled. National Geographic magazine later using one of the frames over 3 pages as a centrefold. Still pictures went viral around the world and a documentary would have done well with TV sales.
Divers at various times for Ben Cropp were Vic and John
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A cover shot on Women’s Weekly is gold in terms of good publicity. It’s one of the most successful magazines in the world – in demographic reach and survives today – not as a weekly but as a monthly, as does Women’s Day.
PIX, Post and Everybody’s have gone. People may survive – with a much different content formula.
Kathy Troutt was hired to search Fijian waters for dolphin that might be trained to appear in a major feature film. At Dunk Island, Kathy was hired to do nude stand-in for the leading female actor. At the last moment this plan was changed and the actor performed her own nude underwater sequence – however, Kathy received enormous advance publicity.
Photographed by Valerie Taylor
Kathy did nude stand-in scenes and especially all the diving for main teen actor, Brooke Shields.
Some film crew members later estimated that Kathy is in much of the finished movie!
Part Two on Daily Motion.com free 480P
Kathy Troutt – center, top row
The Blue Lagoon script had the boy star of the film riding a pair of dolphin as per this example. That plan was dropped when finding and then training dolphin in Fiji was not going to be practical. Kathy Troutt was ‘body double’ for the young actress who starred in the movie. The Blue Lagoon link (below) is to You Tube (9 December 2013)
(above) Age of Consent movie trailer
Kathy is shown in centre – top row.
Others include Kay Overell, Valerie Taylor and Eva Cropp
Phil Eather (above, who also had a crush on Gai Girdlestone, (below) Kathy’s school friend and diver)
.Gai Girdlestone had two brothers who were keen skindivers.
Located at The Tower Bridge, London
Ron and Valerie share time with a young penguin, Montague Island (1966)
Kathy first met The Taylor’s while making her record deep dive on compressed air, when aged not quite seventeen. They have been firm friends since, often working together on feature film projects (Age of Consent; Skippy; The Blue Lagoon).
PS Ron and Valerie Taylor pictures are from the library of our mutual long-term underwater photographer friend John Harding. See also the coral sea
JH in 2001
French magazine and the world champion trophy – based on a famous sculpture Winged Victory of Samothrance.
Kathy Troutt as an advertising model in her late teens. Stills from private movie film.