The Australian audio book industry lost one of its pioneers and favourite voices, on the 30th of December. Stephanie Daniel was best known for being the voice of Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher audio books, but she recorded many, many more. I was lucky enough to sit in the production booth opposite Steph many times, and cherish that we were also friends. She was gracious, intelligent, funny, immaculate in everything she did, and compassionate – but never in a soppy way; when you asked for Steph’s advice, you got the truth you needed to hear. She will be greatly missed, but luckily for us all, her voice will always be available in her recordings, some of which you can find here, on Audible. No matter the book, I learned so much about the rhythm of words when working with Stephanie.
If you’re thinking you recognize Stephanie from somewhere other than audio books, you probably do, she was an actress of stage and screen, as well as spoken word (and director, producer, editor and writer) and one of her earliest acting parts is one which I’m sure many of you would have seen; I’ve watched it several times since she passed because the smile you see in the scene is the smile we all loved, and because I like the idea that, even though she had to give it away to a horrible little child, Stephanie found a Golden Ticket 🙂
On Stephanie’s behalf, I’d like to ask that when considering any donations this year, please do consider the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, if not in Australia, then one in your part of the world.