Woman Lang, Ethel


Radio actor and Stage actor

Written by Kathryn Mcleod, National Film and Sound Archive

Ethel Lang (1902-1995) was born in Sydney in 1902. In 1924, she began working as a radio actress at 2FC, one of Australia's first radio stations. In the 1930s she played a number of leading roles for ABC radio, including Portia in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare's Macbeth and Jane Marryot in Noël Coward's Cavalcade. During this time, she also worked extensively with 2SM and 2GB.

In 1943, Lang began broadcasting her own program, Aunt Jenny's Real Life Stories in which she also starred. The serial ran for 18 years and was the program which made Ethel Lang a household name. Lang also played Mrs Lawson in the radio serial The Lawsons, and Meg MacArthur, one of the main roles in the long-running radio serial Blue Hills. Like other women in early radio, her career is significant as it came at a time in Australian history when most women were encouraged to become housewives and mothers. In 1992, Lang was awarded the A.M. (Member of the Order of Australia) for her services to the performing arts. She died in 1995.

Archival Resources

National Film and Sound Archive

  • Aunt Jenny's Real Life Stories. Ep. 113, The Widow And The Iron Man; Aunt jenny's Real life Stories. Ep. 114, The Widow And The Iron Man, 1943 - 1961, 402636; National Film and Sound Archive. Details
  • The Hidden Truth. Ep. 03, The Truth Remains Hidden; The Hidden Truth. Ep. 04, No Mask Of Violence, c. 1960, 675730; National Film and Sound Archive. Details

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Digital Resources

Ethel Lang
National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA)