With stints as an All Black, Springbok triallist, sports presenter, National MP, and sometime celebrity chef, Grahame Thorne has experienced his share of fame. But perhaps his hottest 15 minutes came after he dared to present the sports news one day in 1983 ... with a perm. The ensuing national trauma inspired headlines, irate phonecalls, and “curls are for girls” banners at rugby games. Sadly the perm’s freshest incarnation is lost to the archives, and this slightly grown-out version is the only extant evidence of a key moment in Kiwi fashion history.
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Television, 1969 (Full Length)
Grahame Thorne without his perm
Film, 1991 (Excerpts)
Features Grahame Thorne in the cast
Television, 1993 (Full Length)
A film about hair
Short Film, 1966 (Full Length)
Doco about rugby made shortly before Thorne's All Black debut
Music Video, 1990
Another classic Kiwi hair moment
Television, 1995 (Excerpts)
More One News controversy