Joy Hruby OAM
Actress, TV presenter, producer, film-maker, author, educator, a legend of the entertainment industry.
After a career spanning more than 50 years, Joy Hruby is still on your TV three times a week, and has been for the past 20 years. Joy's World on Channel 31 is the longest running show on Australian Community TV.
Joy's varied career has included teaching speech and drama in schools and colleges, playing organ in the Aboriginal Church at La Perouse, adjudicating eisteddfods and running the "Festival of Australian Poetry
" for many years - collecting poetry from all over Australia from people of all ages. A competition was also held when poets came to recite their own poetry. The poetry books were printed by hand using an old Gestetner.
Joy was a Theatrical agent for over 30 years and and through Studio J has given a jump start to many aspiring young actors who have done extremely well in the world of entertainment. Her own career as an actress was not neglected. After completing her diploma at the Whitehall Academy of Dramatic Art, Joy toured Australia with J.C Williamson Theatres, she continued to appear in movies, stage plays and TV shows, ranging from "This is your verdict" to "All Saints".
After her marriage to Czech professional pianist, Denny Hruby, Joy spent a lot of time working with Sydney Children's Theatre
. Her daughter Anna is an actress who first appeared as Nell in Seven Little Australians
, her son Frank who worked all his life in the film Industry, building a reputation as a focus puller - he counts among his credits Mission: Impossible II and The Thin Red Line
. He now as a personal trainer. Her daughter Janette is a former film location caterer
Joy recently produced the musical Salad Days for the Wesley Institute
performed at the Independent theatre in North Sydney in September, 2008. She runs a drama group for older people, with an average age of around seventy years old. They enter a short film into the Tropfest each year, and each year she is the oldest entrant in the competition.
Joy was part of The Dubbo Dazzlers - a singing troupe comprising four girls who met teaching Sunday School! In 2003, she published their story in a book about her childhood days in rural New South Wales, The Dubbo Dazzlers - Memoirs of Four Young Girls During the Second World War. The Dubbo Dazzlers was reprinted in 2006, and is being turned into a film script. Joy is working on her second book.
In addition to producing Joy's World for TVS, Joy is currently making an historical documentary about a unique school which opened in La Perouse in 1868.
Joy Hruby's contribution the arts and entertainment was recognised with an OAM (Order of Australia Medal) in the 2007 Queen's New Years Honours List. "I can't believe it," Joy Hruby said of her award. "How can they reward someone for doing something she loves doing? I've had a fantastic life."