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I said, "Hello, darling!" (MUSIC PLAYS)

I always made a special outfit for

every time I went on, like twice a

week. I just think I have to be

different to everyone else. That's

all. I would hate not to do

something. anything. I would always have to do

Good evening. And welcome to A

Current Affair. In a moment, some

incredible stories from Cyclone

Yasi. And from here in Cardwell,

some absolutely incredible images

coming here from the marina. But

first let's go to Jeanne Little.

She's one of our favourite

Australians. She's a lovely lady,

the darling of Australian

television. It appears she is not

well. It's believed she's battling

Hello, darlings! a serious illness.

Jeanne was just unique. She hasn't

public. been seen for quite a while out in

out. Well, around 1920s, eat your heart

It's really hard to see someone who

was so vibrant is losing basic

abilities. It's horrible.

unmistakable voice. So vibrant, and with that

Hello, darling!

Hard to believe that today the

darling of Australian television,

Jeanne Little, is understood to be

battling for life.

There's talk she may have

Alzheimer's disease. She hasn't

been seen for a long time. Those

who have seen her say she's not

looking very well. She may have Alzheimer's disease.

They found it on the road!

The outlandish and over The top

entertainer is unwell. Being cared

for by her daughter, Katie, and her

loving husband and soul mate, Barry.

35 years of Heaven!

Crazy, energy, so likeable. Hello, darling.

It all began for Jeanne Little in

1974, when she first appeared on

'The Mike Walsh Show'. She quickly

became a favourite of the blue rins

set, with her outragous outfits.

She made them herself.

I have designed it. I love being on

television, you know, on 'The Mike

Walsh Show'. I always made a speblg

outfit for every time I went on --

a special outfit.

She continued to appear on daytime

TV, a regular on the mied day show

Show'. rr with Ray Martin -- 'The Midday

She was making outfits out of

everything. She was friendly and

fun. There was no malies.

Jeanne Little. In 1976, she won a

Gold Logie. Entertainment reporter

Peter Tims says she's been invited

back to the TV awards ever since.

Everyone just waited to see what

Jeanne Little was going to wear.

She was voted as having two of the

best outfits of all time. She was

just so over the top.

Hello, darling!

Show business really found my

mother and hasn't let go of her

unique. since they found her. She's so

Her daughter revealed in this

documentary that with her mum, what

you see is what you get.

Mum is Mum. She is always Jeanne

Little, from when she wakes up at

the crack of dawn in the morning,

to when she goes to bed at night.

In a lot of ways, it puts pressure

can be full-on. on our relationship because that

But behind the smiles and the last,

there's been plenty of pain. Jeanne

thought she was going to die after

a scare with cancer.

I still, you know, heach under the

drugs, and Katie was -- half under

the drugs, and Katie was shaking me,

trying to wake me up. She said,

"It's good news." I said, "You're

not just saying it, are you?" And

they said, "Really, it's good

news." When I talk about it, I

always cry. Because I do feel that

I could have died.

And in 2006, a bombshell. Jeanne

revealed to Nine's entertainment

editor, Richard Will kins, that she

had been the victim of rape.

I had been at a nice party. I would

check my make-up. I went into the

bed room and had a lip stick in my

coat pocket on the bed. Suddenly a

guy came in, one of the guests. I

said, "What are you doing?" I was

too scared to scream out, because

he was the best friend of the host.

You never told a soul?

No. Oh, you're looking fantastic.

I'm cleaning, like I usually am.

In later life, there was no oh!ing

down. She authored books -- no

slowing down. She was first

diagnosed with Alzheimer's over a

year ago. According to her close

friends, her condition has

deteriorated rapidly. She's now

extremely frail and hardly

recognisable as the bubbly

love. entertainer we all remember and

It's horrible. With any entertainer,

like my father, for someone to have

this deteriorating disease, it

takes away the charisma.

Someone - PJ Lane. His father, TV

legend, Don Lane, died after a

battle with dementia-related

illness. What would her husband and

now? daughter be going through right

It's tough dodo that, watch them go

downhill. It's tough. There's a lot

of support they need. The people

affected with Alzheimer's and

dementia, really don't really know

what's going on. It's usually the

people around that see the

can be. deterioration and see how sad it

I guess it's always sad. But the

beauty of having been a television

star, in her case, you can go back

to what she was. You can turn on

the television and see her.

Probably one of the most exciting

lives anyone could have. I didn't

ever think that I would be on

television or well-known in

Australia. I would hate not to do

something. anything. I always have to do

SONG: # You will see a memory... #

Such a sad illness, isn't it? And

we do wish Jeanne and her family

all the best at this difficult time.

Now, look behind me, you can see

these boats and pontoons just

stacked up here. Just imagine what

it would have been like to have

been here when Yasi picked up

practically the entire contents of

this marina and flung them at the

houses here. Many of these boats

lifesavings. costing their owners their

It was the moment Steve watched his

yacht sink like a stone. There she goes.

Heartbreaking, because the boat was

also his home.

Yeah, ripped me to bits. Just like

pulling the plug. I had to jump off.

We tried to salvage it. But

front of her. couldn't shift enough concrete in

You lived on the boat?

I have since 20 December.

Completely rebuilt. New gearbox,

engine. All new electrics. She's on

the bottom now, but.

Have a look at this - it's

certainly not something you see

every day. I feel like I'm standing

on the set of a Hollywood disaster

movie. Millions of dollars worth of

luxury boats and a marina have been

thrown up against these houses.

Some boats were even pushed into

the street on the other side.

I came out and looked out, stood

there in shock. I had no words to describe it.

Susan was at Port Hinchinbrook when

the cyclone ripped through, hurling

huge yachts against the house she

was sheltering in.

It was more than terrifying. My

heart was pumping so fast, I

attack. thought I was going to have a heart

It's like a ships' grave yard.

It is. I just stood there and cried.

(LAUGHS) Probably start crying now,

but it's all good - we're all alive.

Everywhere you look beggars belief.

This cruiser has been jammed up

against that other yacht. There's

another motor boat up to the side

here, and they're all in the

backyard of this house, which you

can barely see over the top. So,

Keith, this is home?

This is home, mate, yeah.

Tough to see it looking like this,

I bet.

Yeah, it looks like it needs a bit

of a broom. It's not that bad, considering.

Keith lives on this boat. They're

jammed in wreckage.

This is just so sad. As boaties,

you feel, I do not know, I can't

describe it. Beautiful boats, just

crying, they are, really.

We know all the people that own

them. And it's one of those things

you see on TV, you see other

people's boats go, it doesn't sink

in. When it's yours, it's disaster.

The beach is now literally in the

main street, pushed up here by the

tidal surge. The 2,000 people who

live here were ordered out before

the cyclone started, but about a

hundred chose to stayment

We're very lucky to be alive

because someone was caring enough

to say, "You can stay at our house."

Peter and her 3-year-old daughter

Sophie stayed with good Samaritans

in other part of Cardwell.

It was terrifying. I'm from Sydney

originally. I want to go home.

What's happened here?

A lot of unwanted visitors, I

suppose. That boat is our next door

neighbour's. We asked if they would

use the front door instead of the

back door next time they visit.

He now has a luxury motor in his

swimming pool.

We knew how windy it was. It was

obviously there was unbelievable

damage done. We couldn't believe it.

Even in town, like, the highway's

closed. A couple of feet of sand up

against the shops in town.

There was no saving Steve's yacht.

He was two years off retiring and

sailing off into the sunset.

Spent every cent I had on her.

While I'm still able, and walk, and

do things. Now I can't. Will I have

the heart to rebuild her? Who

knows? You never know, do you? Tough.

Yeah. Can't say too much more. I'm

gonna go and get pumps.

Good luck. Thank you for talking to us.

Thank you.

It is an absolutely remarkable,

astonishing, astounding sight when

you drive into town here. Even look

at this pontoon, wedged right up on

land. And above me, this bofplt and

right next to me, another upon --

this boat. And another pontoon,

floating, up on dry land. Let's go

to Mission Beach. Families had to

huddle in the kitchen as the

cyclone tore through. Now it's a

hellish mess.

It was very frightening. I've been

through a few cyclones, my fifth

one, and I have never experienced

anything like this in my life. It

was very, very, very scary. You can

see up there, the roof of the house

opposite has been torn off up there.

But we could never see these

buildings. You know, the roar of

the ocean the other night, it was

just pounding down here. This is

quite nice now. It's breezy now.

You can imagine 10 times what we're

experiencing now coming through

here. As you can see, the

devastation through these rooms is...

Oh, goodness.

It's pretty unbelievable. This was

my daughter's room. She's tried to

clear it up as best as she K but,

as you can see, it's -- as best as

she can. But as you can see,

everything's just destroyed. She

has nothing left now.

And these doors blew in?

Yeah, completely straight in. About

10 of these rooms exactly like this,

where everything's been lost.

And luckily, well, by design, you were all together?

Yeah, we were all in the main

kitchen area, which is solid

concrete. She lost all of her

trophies, for her horse riding,

which can't be replaced. We're

still finding stuff up the driveway,

about 500 metres away. Hey, Holly. Hi.

Hi.

This is yours? Yep.

Look at all the stuff?

Yeah, even a piano. It was in the

box, under the bed. I don't know

how it got there.

How are you? You right?

Yeah, I guess so. I can get new stuff!

(LAUGHS) Shopping trip?

Yep.

What was it like on the night it came through?

Horrible. I was in the restaurant,

not in my room. The roof started

leaking. Pretty scary.

What that howl came through, were

you worried the roof might come off?

Yeah, I was so scared. Horrible.

Everything's destroyed. Nothing to

be saved, unfortunately.

I have no homework, though.

"The cyclone ate my homework." Yep.

That is a good excuse! So much devastation.

Yeah. All the upper floors have

taken a hammering. The water inside

has damaged all the floors. Every

mattress, everything is coated in

water. Not much left that's really

usable. This tree, how tp didn't

fall on the building - -- how it

didn't fall on the building, amazing.

That's a massive tree. It just

ripped right out a metre out of the earth.

It's phenomenon, it really is. The

fiez of it, to be able to snap --

the size of it, to be able to snap.

All around under the benches, kids, as well.

A very frightening night there. Yeah. Very romantic?

Yeah. We will have candles for a

few months.

Thank you for showing me around.

You're very welcome. Hopefully next

time you come back, you can relax

around the pool, sip on cocktails.

Well, we will all have to do our

bit and that will be a nice way to

do it, won't it? Now let's go to

that Power Saver device. Since our

earlier report, some experts have

raised some questions about its

effectiveness. We took another look.

You can save 25% of your

electricity bill without changing your bill.

On home energy reductions, it was a very powerful sell.

If up don't save the purchase price

within three years, we will refund

you the difference.

Sparks are about to fly. Tonight, the scientist...

This device will not save the

ordinary consumer money.

..and the salesman.

We stand behind the product.

To whom we deliver quite a shock.

And it's gone up?

Erica is abuzz over the r -- over

the Power Saver device. 100,000

homes have signed up.

Energy use is down, saving the

family about $15 to $20 a month.

Now it comes to Australia? Correct.

On Monday, Dean told us he was

importing the unit, which could

clean up a messy power supply, get

it back in order and improve your

electricity efficiency.

Big energy users have been using

this technology for years.

Now, we want to tell you this - A

Current Affair checked all of these

claims with not one but two

electricam engineers, one of them a

professor in the field. They both

confirmed that the science was

sound and that industry has been

using it for years. We were

contacted by more engineers who

pointed out that unfortunately for

the rest of us we won't be able to

reap savings for this device

because of the way energy is billed

in this country. We went back to

Power Saver to deliver the batted

news, but downed a -- the bad news,

but found a very defiant Dean.

He insists it will save you money.

When you have motors in the home

working more oft and -- moreest and

easier, that is how those savings occur.

Here's Dean showing us how the

electricity increases when he

activates the Power Saver. No-one

denies that. But watch what happens

when we look at the wattage. It's

actually gone up, though, hasn't it? Slowly.

Is that a worry? No.

No? Because that's what you're

paying for. You're paying for your wattage. Correct.

And it's gone up. Dean admits he

hasn't proved the saving in

practice, so he will do it in

theory. He takes the meter readings

and applies the law of physics. He

calculates it at 71 watts. Now he

calculates it with the Power Saver.

785 watts.

So it's gone up rather than down.

It is changing the current, not the

wattage or power or energy.

Bob is a professor emeritus no less

from the University of Adelaide,

one of electrical engineering's

brightest sparks. He says it won't

make any difference because of the

way power companies bill.

It saves them money, but not the consumer.

There has been an independent study,

and it has shown that input into

the circuit will reduce the energy.

It will be insignificant. And it's

nothing like the effect that the

proopponents are claiming.

Well, we understand these concerns

and certainly acknowledge them. We

won't release this product until

those concerns are addressed.

So you won't take money off these

people while those concerns are out

there? Correct.

Coming up - celebrity fitness DVDs.

Growing up royal - we find out what

it's really like to be a prince or

princess. Plus - the woman who got

Thorpe back in the pool. Tomorrow.

Well, welcome back. It seems now

that every Hollywood star has a

fitness DVD they're selling, and we

spend a fortune hoping it will get

us that celebrity body. Which ones

work and which ones don't?

Alright, are you guys ready to work?

Time to have some fun.

Look at that - they're not even

breaking a sweat.

Legs, arms, tum and bupbl.

Boy, haven't -- And bum.

Boy, haven't we come a long way?

Back in the '80s, we had Jane Fonda,

Richard Simmons and others.

The global fitness industry is

worth more than $67 billion. And

with millions of these sold every

day, it's no wonder celebrities are

putting on their suits and sashing in

Girls can really expect a good,

well-rounded work-out.

I want to give you all the tools

you need to get the body you've always wanted.

But do they really work? We

recruited our own celebrity trainer,

Amelia Burton, to answer that question.

The celebrity fitness market is

huge, because you have a celebrity

with a great following. But there

is a lot of rubbish celebrity DVDs out there.

We road-tested the latest four.

Former Playboy and new mum Kendra

Wilkinson. And Jane Fonda and Mel B,

Scary Spice p Spice.

72. And she's still at it.

Look, what I loved about her DVDs,

they really are fantastic. As soon

as I put the DVD on and I heard her

voice, it sent me straight back

into the '80s. They're taght

targeted for the over-50s --

targeted. She's very much towards

the more mature body. It's all-

round a great DVD. You will love this one.

But not all the slebs passed the

test. What -- celebrities passed the test.

This one is rubbish. Exercises that

are bad for you. Number two, her

cuing was really poor, her

instructions were poor. She had bad

technique, it was borg. I didn't

rate it at all. --

It was boring. When I watched the

DVD, there is no Butt exercises in

there. I wouldn't be recommending

this.

But it seems Hugh Hefner's exwill

whip you into great shape.

I was surprised by this. You start

with kick boxing, basketball drills,

soccer, track and field. It's great

for visualising. It's a lot more

fun. It's definitely suitable for

guys. It's just all out a really

good work-out.

The overall winner, though, seems

to be the actual celebrity trainers themselves.

Mishem Bridges, who has three --

Michelle Bridge Bridges, who has

three DVDs out. They are fantastic.

And Tracy Anderson. Her ones are

great. A great DVD to do as well.

So you want to get a DVD that is

going to get you results, and fast.

And the celebrity trainer DVDs are

the ones that do that.

Now, mambo. Swing that hip.

Pull down and stretch out.

If up want more information on that

story, just go ahead and visit our

website. Stay with us. After the

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