February 12, 2013 § 2 Comments

Kathy was perfect as a 'body double' for the teenage actress in 'The Blue Lagoon' movie.

Kathy was perfect as a ‘body double’ for the teenage actress in ‘The Blue Lagoon’ movie.




October 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Jackie Hickmott with Kathy in Sydney’s world famous zoo. (Richard Swansborough took the picture).  Additional frames from John Harding’s 16mm cine camera.

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Jackie Hickmott and Kathy Troutt were permitted to swim with dolphin at Sydney’s beautiful Taronga Zoo on Sydney Harbor.  The dolphin pool has since closed.


January 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Tabloid shots

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

Magazine on eBay for sale (August 2016)


January 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Mike Perry was a journalist at the Sydney newspaper THE SUN who specialized in marine stories.

Mike Perry was a journalist at the Sydney newspaper THE SUN who specialized in marine stories.


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.


Deep dive 2


January 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

Ben Cropp and Eva Papp (1972)

Ben Cropp and Eva Papp (Mrs Ben Cropp No.2 – see Playing with Sharks’ newsreel).

Ben Cropp at work on the Barrier Reef.



Shipwrecks in and around Sydney Harbour

Shipwrecks in and around Sydney Harbour


Ben Cropp with future wife Van Laman (December 1963)


Ben Cropp story

Ben Cropp story – click to enlarge




Kathy’s first documentary ‘Mermaids in Paradise’ when aged 19  (National Screen and Sound Archives)


Celebrity hound – appeared in many of Ben’s documentaries of the sea.

 Ben’s pup ‘Tuffy’ was a TV celebrity


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.

Note the date.

Note the date. August 19, 1691

Ben Cropp book published in 2010

Ben Cropp book published in 2010


Port Douglas markets in 2003, Ben finds one of his books for sale.

Divers at various times  for Ben Cropp were Vic and John


January 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

Memo: double click to enlarge

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.

Editors choice – the top nine – however we hope there will more more pictures in the near future AND PERHAPS THE VIDEO (Skippy – The Marine Biologist featuring Kathy as herself).


January 12, 2011 § 5 Comments

Double click to enlarge collage

Screenplay writer Buck Henry (The Day of the Dolphin) spotted Kathy working in this London UK pantomime and made the offer for her to work in USA on this major film production.  Details elsewhere.

KATHY TROUTT, (‘The Blue Lagoon’ body double )

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Val with Christioher from The Blue Lagoon. TEN TV Sydney 13 July 2016

Valerie Taylor with Christopher from The Blue Lagoon. TEN TV studio  13 July 2016.  (Ron and Val Taylor did the underwater filming). Kathy was originally contracted to train dolphins for the film, this was expanded for her to be a body double for the teenage star.


 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


October 18, 2009 Comments Off on KAT – FEATURE FILMS

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




December 31, 2016 § 4 Comments

Kathy - sc sculpture by the late David Wynne

Kathy Troutt –  sculpture by the late David Wynne from 1973

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Kathy in London UK

Ron and Valerie Taylor (both AM)

June 23, 2016 § Leave a comment

Valerie Taylor during the Belgian GBR expedition (1967)

The most expensive of filming expeditions for educational purposes. Led by Ron and Valerie Taylor in Australia for a Belgian University which had access to this naval ship about to be retired. (!967)

Ron and Valerie share time with a young penguin, Montague Island (1966)

Ron Taylor filming during 1966. Ron built and designed his own underwater housings.

Ron Taylor World Spear Fishing Champion. Sponsored by CMAS the world diving organization and held every two years. Ron won the title in French Polynesia (Tahiti).

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.





(Above and Below) Valerie circa 1991. Sydney newspaper (1967) below – Sunfish captured for Marineland aquarium, Sydney.

Valerie Taylor with whale shark (1967) encountered off Seal Rocks NSW with John Harding.


Ron and Val at home.


Valerie Taylor. Freshwater cave diving 1967



Aquarium to study Crown of Thorns starfish was established in 1967 aboard De Moor (Belgian Navy vessel).

Later in 1967 Ron upgraded his movie camera to 35mm gauge for The Belgian Expedition.



During the Belgian Expedition (to the Great Barrier Reef in 1967) John Harding and Valerie Taylor discover imported Becks Beer.


May 29, 2016 § 1 Comment


Magazine on eBay for sale (August 2016)

Magazine on eBay (August 2016)

At age 17 Kathy entered a competition and got to meet The Beatles for 40 minutes, in Sydney.


December 17, 2015 § 3 Comments

Christmas present via Google.  A couple of shots from the past we had not seen before.

Christmas present via Google. A couple of shots from the past we had not seen before.



December 7, 2015 § Leave a comment

Early Morn brand laundry soap.

Covered in soapy bubbles with diving gear and bikini.

1923 original logo

Kathy Troutt as an advertising model in her late teens.  Stills from private movie film.



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Kathy at Coogee - a Sydney beach suburb (1968) - soap commercial day.

Kathy at Coogee – a Sydney beach suburb (1968) – soap commercial day.


Trade mark – now history.


September 14, 2015 § Leave a comment

Red-bellied black snake

Red-bellied black snake info < Click

Kathy was on her property – wearing sandals and in moderately long grass.  The sharp pin-prick on her ankle was thought – at first – to be from a piece of wire.

Ten minutes later, she was feeling a bit woozy and sat down to drink tea from a thermos.  The Kathy noted the twin fang bites,not just a single prick.

Things were not getting any better soon after, Kathy just made it back to her house when she collapsed on the back steps.  Geoff Troutt (brother) called triple O the emergency number.

Without losing consciousness – rushed by ambulance to the nearest hospital.

Kathy was the fifth snake bitten person admitted to that hospital in the previous seven days.

A swam taken from the wound ID the culprit.  No anti-venom is given for this species of snake.

Extreme pain and bed for a week – unable to walk without help.

A full recovery has followed.


Beware of snakes in the garden.

Beware of snakes in the garden.


November 9, 2014 § 2 Comments

Negative found in November 2014

Negative found in November 2014


Dive store owner Dennis Robinson – about to get married underwater in Marineland. (see newsreel)




Glenn Campbell in 1975

Glenn Campbell in 1975

'Lost Sydney' is a page at Facebook.

‘Lost Sydney’ is a page at Facebook.




Marineland (2 minutes in Savage Shadows) then continues with the documentary feature film (1966)