Joan McInnes Hardy began her professional modelling career in Adelaide in 1965. She worked extensively in Australia and Japan with the Australian Wool Corporation as a model and compere, and is a former South Australian Model and Mannequin of the Year.
A talented singer and entertainer, Joan toured Vietnam in 1971 and was the support act for such stars as Bob Hope, Harry Secombe and Ronnie Corbett during their Australian tours. She worked regularly on the Mike Walsh Show, Don Lane Show, ABC Saturday Night series and The Midday Show.
In 1981 Joan joined the Nine Network's Today show and for the next seven years produced and presented regular entertainment and film reviews. Special projects during that time included: co-host at the Royal Command Performance for Prince Charles and Princess Diana, a performer at the Royal Command Performance for Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Phillip at the Commonwealth Games in 1982 and the Royal Institute for the Blind 'Carols by Candlelight' in Melbourne in 1981 and 1984.
From 1988-1991 Joan was contracted to the Ten Network as host of the national morning magazine program 'til Ten. During 1997 she was the co-host with Greg Evans on the Ten Network's afternoon lifestyle program Monday to Friday.
In December 1991 Joan married Sir James Hardy OBE—international yachtsman and Chairman of the Hardy Wine Company.
Lady Hardy is Patron of the Australian Cranio-Facial Foundation, the Australian Ladies Variety Association, and the Friends of Special Olympics and a Patroness of the South Australian Crippled Children's Association. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the MacKillop Foundation.
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