I’m paying tribute today to my dear friend Harry M. Miller, who passed away last month aged 84. His memorial was held today (Friday, 3 August 2018) at the Sydney’s Capitol Theatre.
Harry and I had an amazing life together. We were together for 11 years, so when I look back and reflect, he filled a massive part of my life.
There will never be another Harry M. Miller.
Harry M. Miller
The first time most people in Sydney had heard of Miller was when in 1963 he brought out Louis Armstrong and his band for a series on concerts. He was responsible for bringing some of the then current icons of popular music to Australia – toured Roy Orbison (with the Rolling Stones as the support act), The Beach Boys, Sonny and Cher.
His career really took off in 1969 when he secured the Australian rights to the rock musical Hair. In the years that followed, his star productions included the Rocky Horror Show, Jesus Christ Superstar, launching the careers of the likes of Marcia Hines and Jon English.
Ms Miller cites the 1992 arena concert tour of Jesus Christ with Kate Ceberano as Miller’s greatest success.
He was an agent for TV star Graham Kennedy, beauty icon Maggie Tabberer, Gai Waterhouse and many more.
He was my agent, my friend and my partner.
His memorial this Friday…brought back so many wonderful memories. My dear Harry…geez we had some fun! 😢
Harry M Millar said of Deborah (Source: The Sydney Morning Herald)
Both from a business and personal point of view, Deborah was a breath of fresh air. All of my kids loved her and she would often berate me for being hard on them. I think she really triggered the softening of Harry M. Miller. I would joke that I had become Deborah Hutton’s handbag – admittedly, a Louis Vuitton handbag – but she walked into a relationship with a man who brought with him a shitload of baggage.
Eventually, the romantic side of our relationship died down but Deborah and I had 11 wonderful years together. The fact that she never properly lived with me is a reason, she thinks, we lasted so long. I think she’s right.
She would challenge me when the ego was getting out of control; she could always make me accountable for my actions.