Anne Wills, “WILLSY”: …...was born in Wangaratta in 1944:
returned with her family to Ocean Island, Central Pacific (near Nauru) in 1946 and lived there until the family moved to Adelaide in 1963.
Willsy was spotted by Channel 9 Executives during the 1964 Telethon Quest,
and was offered the job of Weather Girl on NWS9 which began in July, 1965.
By 1967 she was appearing with Ernie Sigley on “Adelaide Tonight” twice a week:
a very successful partnership which lasted until December 1973,
when Sigley moved interstate.
Willsy has won more Logies than any other personality in Australia: 19 MOST POPULAR STATE PERSONALITY logies, and one as producer of CLAPPERBOARD.
During that time Willsy was first female in S.A. to host Adelaide Tonight in 1970, when Sigley was overseas: she visited Vietnam with her sister Susan (as the Wills Sisters, a very successful singing duo).[In fact the WILLS SISTERS went back on stage after an absence of 30years in March 2001 and did a highly successful concert tour around the state of S.A.]
Wilsy has appeared on just about all National TV programmes in her career: CELEBRITY SQUARES, PASSWORD, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, GRAHAM KENNEDY’S “IN MELBOURNE TONIGHT”, THE BERT NEWTON SHOW and GOOD MORNING AUSTRALIA.
In April 1974 she co-hosted ‘THE PENTHOUSE CLUB’ on ADS7 with Bob Francis, winning another Logie in 1975, just before the show was axed. She then went back to NWS9 to do daytime hosting
In 1980 she began her love affair with movies by starting a movie show on Channel 9 called “CLAPPERBOARD”, winning another Logie for Best SA Show and Most Popular SA Personality that year.
In August 1980 tragedy struck when WILLSY’s husband of 4years, MICHAEL FENWICK, was killed in a light plane accident.
In 1981 she went to Channel 10 Adelaide and “CLAPPERBOARD’ became “MOVIE SCENE”…which ran for a successful 17 years. As part of her commitment to the show she is a guest at the ACADEMY AWADS ceremony in LA. every year and has rubbed shoulders with just about every major film star in the Industry.
In 1984 she again went back to being the weather girl on Channel 10 (which in 1989 changed call signals and became Channel 7) and stayed their weather presenter right through until the end of 1997.
In 1992 she co-hosted a new morning show, “A.M. ADELAIDE”, which was highly successful.
In 1998 shed joined S.A.’s Channel 9 to present their movie programme called “CLOSE UP WITH WILLSY”.
Her association with Channel 9 ended in November 2000.
WILLSY then went back “home” on Channel 7, Adelaide, again presenting and hosting “A.M. ADELAIDE”.