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"For me, it was a tremendous boost. It was
the day I lost my charity tag and became
commercially viable, "Louise said.
This was proven again in 1980 when
Louise was nominated for a Logie for best
supporting actress (won by Noni
"I felt like I'd won. I was being honoured by
the fraternity and the public," she said.
In 1981, Louise joined the employment
and promotion committee of the
International Year of Disabled Persons, there
meeting her husband Rob who was the
"I met him on the night of the Logies and I
rang my friend in Sydney and told him I was
'gone-skies' -- I had met the man I would
marry. We married 18 months later."
A restless Louise was relieved when her
character in Cop Shop was killed off,ironically
in a bus crash. She joined a pilot for an info-
tainment program with Channel 10 entitled
Together Tonight, joining presenters, Greg
Evans, Kerry Armstrong and Andrew Harris.
Despite the show's short shelf life,it was here
she developed a love of story-telling.
"I worked for a time on a documentary
about Yooralla, a residential care facility for
people with cerebral palsy. A man
recognised me and asked if I was out with all
my friends. I was disgusted at my response.
Nine years after the accident, I still hadn't
come to terms that I was the same as them. I
just didn't see it in me. I had a scatoma -- a
blind spot and was just as stigmatising as
those whose attitudes I deplored. It was an
awakening for me and the day I accepted the
truth of who I was, " she said.
Another moment in her emotional
healing came when Louise attended a
Lifeline counsellor workshop on forgiveness.
"My father still carries the letter I wrote.
I told him that I finally understood his need
to punish himself as the driver and that if he
didn't punish himself with guilt, what sort of
person would he be. I just didn't want to be
his continuing source of guilt. From that day,
he changed totally. We're stoic people and
I'm a lot like him," she said.
In 1984, Louise had the first of three sons
and gave up the family/work juggle to "be a
Today, she owns a public relations
company, has a journalism degree (winning
the Golden Key scholarship and award for
the highest graduating student) and feels
she is ready to start again.
"These are precious times -- fabulous
years. I have a degree of independence,
support and security. My kids are in their 20s
and are happy and secure. I have a successful
marriage. I have health and vitality and a
sense of 'wow'. Hey, bring it on, " she said.
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Being confined to a wheelchair has not stopped Louise Yates achieve TV stardom and success.
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