During a career that has spanned dance, musical theatre, television and teaching, Robina Beard is still primarily recognised as 'Madge the Manicurist'.
The Australian actor/entertainer, who graced the stage and small screen for decades, portrayed 'Madge' in the Palmolive liquid detergent television advertisements between 1968 and 1988.
"That's what the general public remembers me for, but as I say in the book, it only took me one, two or three days a year to do that," she said.
"I did it for 20 years, and I had to do something else, so I was singing and dancing all around Australia.
"I've done a million things... People still remember me (as 'Madge'); talk to me in the street, take selfies with me all the time. It's really lovely.
"The first thing they do when they see me is smile."
Earlier this year, Beard, 81, self-published her autobiography, My Life: You're Soaking In It.
The book is a personal account of the Australian entertainment industry, as seen through the eyes of Beard.
The accompanying one-woman comedy show, My Life: You're Soaking In It, will premiere in Wollongong.
Beard will be joined by Greg Crease on piano, and said the show will feature some singing, acting and "lots of laughs".
"It was suggested to me that I might like to do excerpts from the book as a show," she said.
"I think I've chosen some really funny bits and some really interesting bits, put them all together, and we're just going to have a really good, laugh-filled time.
"I've chosen the bits from the book that will be funny, make people laugh and be interesting."
Beard spent about 15 years living in the Illawarra.
In early 2018, she sold her Corrimal home and relocated to Sydney following the death of husband Clive.
"I am looking forward to doing my own show in a city I have come to love," she said.
The show is part of a double bill, which also features Sydney-based actress Katrina Maskell performing the 50-minute satirical play A View From The Balcony.
The comedy double bill is on Friday, December 6 at 7.30pm; and Saturday, December 7 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm at The Music Lounge, Wollongong Town Hall.
Tickets from wollongongtownhall.com.au.