As an up myself, proud and extremely well groomed battler, I have paved the way - with concrete on most occasions due to its durability and cultural significance - for other unlikely legends like moi to put themselves on the Australian 'multicultural' map.
I was a former hairdresser by trade. For legal reasons I gave up what was a worthy and lucrative business - parting with the cash nearly killed me. The consequence of that tragedy was fame.
With bones like mine there was no avoiding it.
Wogs out Of Work on stage in the late 80's was the beginning of the love affair with my fans.
Acropolis Now on TV gave the public, free and consistent access to the freakishly stunning architecture that is Effie.
Waiting for Effie my one-woman stage show was an intimate, brave and absolutely classic offering.
With chords like mine singing was always an option. Norman Gunston called and we recorded Amigos Para Siempre which went Top 20 on the Aria charts. Due to the highs vocally I was able to achieve, I find that dogs are still following me wherever I go.
My brain came good a couple of years back on Who Wants to be a Millionaire allowing me to win 64,000 big bananas.
I hosted my own show on TV - with my family called Greeks on the Roof. The words skilled, stunning and articulate icon were thrown around.
I am also an author releasing Effie's Guide to Being Up Yourself a positive, thinking toolbook. Some have called it a bible.
I’ve also toured A Date With Effie – my live show – How lucky are youse?
How good am I? Please. And modest. I haven't even mentioned the Logie I won.