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The diary
By: ANNETTE SHARP
Sunday 20th August 2000
From section: News
Publication: Sun Herald

The Sun Herald. Reproduced by Permission


Adriana's wheel of misfortune

FRIENDS of TV beauty and former Wheel Of Fortune hostess Adriana Xenides have rallied around her following reports that her health is in free-fall.

The Diary was told last week that in her latest health crisis Xenides had to be resuscitated in Liverpool Hospital after being rushed there by ambulance.

A former colleague of Xenides, who knew her while she was working as a volunteer for the Ethnic Childcare Family and Community Service in Marrickville, told The Diary the ex-model had moved in with a friend at Cabramatta after selling her one-bedroom unit in Newtown two weeks ago.

The personality's long-time friends were distressed by the latest chapter in the one-time letter-spinner's life.

Xenides has not held a permanent TV job since disappearing off air amid much secrecy in 1996. Sydney sources say she has lost even more work in the past year due to her ``unreliability".

Since leaving her position on Wheel of Fortune, she has been in and out of psychiatric clinics in Adelaide, citing afflictions including depression, back pain, twisted bowel, flu, an under-active thyroid and a cancer scare for her absences from work.

Now her glamorous life as one of the world's longest-serving game show hostesses must seem a faint memory. Former colleague John Burgess said last week that he lost track of ``Adri" a long time ago.

``Sadly I've tried many times to get hold of her, but with no joy I'm afraid. She has dropped out," he said. ``I've been concerned about her of late, but I can't get hold of her."

The end of a recent relationship one in a string of disastrous romances is also said to have pushed her to breaking point.

Our attempts to locate Xenides last week proved fruitless. She no longer keeps an agent and her circle of friends has been reduced to a handful who could provide no insights into her tragic circumstances.

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