This website is the ultimate Adriana Xenides website. Dedicated to the gorgeous Adriana Xenides, who graced Australian tv screens for over 3 decades. Adriana will be remembered as an extremely beatiful person both on the inside and outside. Adriana was a style icon, as she showed off glamourous outfits daily on our screens, one day wearing elegant long gowns, next she would sizzle on stage showing off those long famous legs in a short mini. Adriana had a beautiful personality, intellegence and heart to match. Its no wonder Adriana had a lengthy tv career.
The latter years we saw less of Adriana as her health deteriorated, but she still optimized the perfect lady. As she suffered, she helped many suffering the same illness as herself as well as working for charities and the elderly. Life was cruel to Adriana in many ways in these years but she always had time for others and had that lovely smile plastered on her face, that we all miss very much today. Adriana was definitely one of a kind and so admired.
This website hopes to do Adriana's life justice and ensure she will be remembered by her fans for ever. RIP Adriana, a true Goddess.
Adriana Xenides was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1956. Adriana was an only child with her father being Greek and Mother Spanish. The family left Buenos Aires for political reasons and settled in Adelaide, South Australia when Adriana was 8 years old.
Adriana matriculated at the age of 15 and received Honours in languages, becoming the top graduate in Spanish throughout Australia. She wanted to pursue a medical career, either in psychiatry or veterinary sciences, however her destiny was forever sealed by events of a very different nature.
Adriana's incredible beauty began to be noticed. By 17 Adriana had won Best Newcomer to the modelling world. In 1981 when she was 25, she was living in Melbourne and modelling for Vivien's, it was then that the Grundy Organisation approached her to audition for a new television game show 'Wheel of Fortune' in which she became a household name due to her grace, style and beauty.
Adriana is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest running game show host, having appeared as assistant host on Wheel of Fortune for 18 years. While Adriana still looked stunning she left the show amid rumours of bad health. Later television appearances were as a panelist on panel talk show Beauty and the Beast and the Australian version of Celebrity Big Brother Australia during 2002.
In this period Adriana wrote her first book entitled "the Silver Dog and The Bear" based on true events of her life. She also illustrated this charming tale of spiritual growth and motivation.
Adriana had difficult periods in her life, including her father dying suddenly in her arms and a number of failed relationships. False and made up stories from the media has not helped her. Recently Adriana has had a very bad run of luck when she was charged in 2005 with dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm. A warrant was issued for her arrest as she failed to present to the court. She later contested the charge by pleading not guilty, blaming a sneezing attack and glare. The court was also told that Xenides was suffering from depression. After she changed her plea to guilty the court decided against imposing a fine because of Xenides' financial situation and reduced the automatic disqualification because she requires a licence to carry out her current work as an aged carer. She was disqualified from driving for 18 months and placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond in September 2006.
In June 2007 Xenides again faced court on further charges, accused of driving while under suspension. The court was told Xenides was now a disability pensioner.
Adriana appeared on the Today Tonight program in July 2007 claiming to have a digestive disorder which bloats her abdomen to the size of a 9 month pregnant woman. Doctors are unsure about the prognosis for the disease which is thought to be genetic. She also claimed that the reason she drove her car while under suspension was so that she could get medication for the disease to prevent extreme pain. Adriana also admitted to having controversial shock treatment for her depression which was of no help to her.
Adriana health worsened in 2010, after suffering 5 heart attacks in the two years proceeding her death. On 7 June 2010 Adriana sadly passed away after she suffered a ruptured intestine.
Rest in Peace Adriana, your life, beauty and style will never be forgotten by your fans, you will be loved forever.