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Jools Topp is Women's Weekly #1 lovable

Mon 13 Aug 2007 In: New Zealand Daily News

Openly-lesbian Kiwi entertainer Jools Topp - one half of singing and yodelling sister act The Topp Twins - has been named #1 New Zealand 'Women We Love' by Women's Weekly magazine. The salute comes after a difficult year for Topp, who after being diagnosed with breast cancer last August, underwent a mastectomy and had several months of what she called "aggressive chemotherapy". In this week's Women's Weekly issue, cover girl Topp thanked her partner Mary and sister Lynda for all their support, "and the many New Zealanders who wrote letters and sent cards." Transgender former Labour MP Georgina Beyer came in at number 31 on the list of lovable women, and Jools Topp's sister Lynda came in at number 75. The Topp Twins' Recovery Tour will be staged in November, featuring the Best of the Topp Twins from the last 25 years. The sisters will donate a percentage of proceeds to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. The live show will also introduce new songs and comedy from the Bowling Ladies – Mavis and Lorna – who appeared in the Topp's last TV series. "I'm looking forward to getting back on the road, the last year has been a long hard challenge but I am now ready for a new one," says Jools on the twins' official website. The NZ Film Commission has just announced they will finance a documentary feature film about the Topp Twins' life story, and 25 years of entertainment. 'The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls', will be directed by award-winning documentary director, Leanne Pooley, and starts production this October.     Ref: Women's Weekly, Topp Twins (m)

Credit: News Staff

First published: Monday, 13th August 2007 - 5:23pm

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