January 21, 2011 §
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.
January 19, 2011 §
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
Ben Cropp with future wife Van Laman (December 1963)
Ben Cropp story – click to enlarge
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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. August 19, 1691
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 §
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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.
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 §
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.
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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!
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December 31, 2016 §
Kathy Troutt – sculpture by the late David Wynne from 1973
Located at The Tower Bridge, London
Kathy in London UK
June 23, 2016 §
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.
December 7, 2015 §
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.
Kathy at Coogee – a Sydney beach suburb (1968) – soap commercial day.
Trade mark – now history.