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March 08, 2007 12:00

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MOONEE Ponds housewife turned international glamour-puss Dame Edna Everage has become only the second Melbourne entertainment legend to have a street named in their honour in central Melbourne.

Dame Edna Place, formerly known as Browns Alley, was a picture of glam and glitter as it was launched yesterday.

Though Dame Edna herself was unable to attend the launch, because of tour commitments in the US, there was no lack of the "Edna" style, with 10 Dame Edna look-alikes strutting the red carpet.

Looking every bit as authentic as they did when they performed with Dame Edna in the closing ceremony of last year's Commonwealth Games, the clones mimicked the Moonee Ponds gigastar to a tee.

The most original version was a man known as "Lovechild Edna", who was an uncanny mixture of the dame and Elvis Presley, and was ultimately crowned the people's choice on the day.

Located off Little Collins St, between Swanston and Elizabeth streets, Dame Edna Place was crowded with interested lunchtime "possums" for the launch.

Previous to Dame Edna, AC/DC were the only entertainers honoured with a street naming in the CBD.

In 2004, Corporation Lane was renamed AC/DC Lane.

Dame Edna look-alikes / AFP
Glamour-puss ... Dame Edna look-alikes gathered in a Melbourne alley yesterday which was renamed in the star's honour / Agence France-Presse

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