Mary Effie Coustas
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Mary Coustas (Greek: ????? ???????; born 16 September 1964) is a Greek-Australian actress, comedian and television personality and writer. Originally from Melbourne, Coustas often performs as the character "Effie", a stereotypical second-generation Greek Australian prone to malapropisms. She completed a Bachelor of Arts at Deakin University in Melbourne, majoring in performing arts and sub-majoring in journalism.
Coustas won the Logie Award for Most Popular Comedy Personality in 1993.
Coustas' initial claim to fame was in the comedy stage show ‘’Wogs Out of Work” alongside Nick Giannopoulos, George Kapiniaris and Simon Palomares.
Coustas appeared on the popular television sitcom “Acropolis Now”, from 1989 until 1992, in the role of Effie Stephanidis.
Since then she has appeared as Effie in other television shows and commercials. Effie also appeared in the interview show “Effie, Just Quietly” in 2001 and hosted her own short-lived talk show called “Greeks On The Roof” in 2003.
Coustas played straight dramatic roles in two police series: ‘Skirts’ in 1990 and ‘Wildside’ in 1998. Other roles include Grass Roots, The Secret Life of Us and Good Guys Bad Guys. Her voice-over work includes The Magic Pudding, Hercules Returns and Always Greener. She also appeared as a guest on comedy game show “Talkin' 'bout Your Generation” in 2012, and had a guest role in the drama ‘Rake’.
In 1992 Effie released a novelty single: a duet with another fictional character, Garry McDonald's Norman Gunston. The recording was their version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Amigos Para Siempre. Coustas's book Effie's Guide to Being Up Yourself was published in 2003.
In her 2013 memoir “All I know: a memoir of love, loss and life”, Coustas looked back over her career, and reflected on the lives and deaths of her father, grandmother and daughter
Coustas was born in the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood.
Coustas married George Betsis in 2005. In August 2013, Coustas and her husband announced in an interview with 60 Minutes that she was 22 weeks pregnant and expecting their second child in early December 2013. Their daughter Jamie was born on 28 November 2013.