Born Holly Vukadinovic her family originateed
from Yugoslavia but she was born on May 11, 1983 in New Zealand. The family then moved to Australia and Valance was just four years old when
Minogue and Donovan,
who were a couple on and off the small screen,
were regular shoppers at Holly's
father's trendy imported European clothes store in Melbourne.
Her father would make Holly
come out and say hello whenever they
were in the store, but she was too shy
to actually speak to them. They did have an impact
on her however. Holly started dancing
and putting on shows at home for her family,
and as Holly's stunning 34-26-34 figure began to develop,
modelling work started flooding in. At first she posed
for supermarket catalogues. By 14 she was earning
$200 an hour modelling children's
clothes and teenage lingerie. This was in stark contrast
to her strict Catholic education where girls
were given detention for wearing make-up or
having a hem above the knee. It wasn't long before Holly
5ft 8in frame and figure were getting noticed
across Australia, fronting ad campaigns.
At 17 she starred in a raunchy shower
scene for a pop video by Aussie boy band Human Nature.
Recognising her daughter's ambitions and talents, her mother suggested the move to acting.
Soon after winning her role in Neighbours, Holly
quit school to concentrate on becoming a
TV star, determined not to return to her
previous career as a ‘clothes horse',
although she angered Neighbours
bosses when she posed in a bikini for
an Australian men's magazine. Not that the Neighbours
creators had not taken the opportunity to exploit Valance
's looks themselves. While Kylie Minogue
had made her name as Neighbours' girl-next-door,
Valance's character (Felicity "Flick" Scully)
was more on the sexy side of the Neighbours scale.
It was this image and appeal Holly Valance
exploited herself in her move to a singing
with an eye-catching video for Kiss Kiss,
in which she appeared to be nude.
She has signed with the London management company
the careers of George Michael
and Geri Halliwell.
As she was starting to strut the world stage, Holly's
Neighbours character was being written out of the series.