Joanita Wibowo


Gogglebox milestone: The Silbery family's special celebration

Gogglebox milestone: The Silbery family's special celebration

As Gogglebox Australia is entering its 10th year on air, one of the show’s star families has another reason to celebrate.

This year, the Silbery family partied with their fellow castmates to celebrate the Foxtel reality program’s crowning as the Most Popular Entertainment Program at the Logies.

But 2019 also marks another special milestone for the family – the 90th birthday of matriarch Emmie Silbery.

“Emmie is probably the oldest woman on Australian TV, and certainly the oldest TV WEEK Logie recipient – it's incredible,” Emmie’s 66-year-old daughter Kerry told TV WEEK

“Where do you get women of a certain age represented on Aussie TV?”

The family marked Emmie’s birthday in March with an Instagram post. 

“What a fierce & inspiring life you’re living!” the caption read. “It’s these precious moments, time stands still & we couldn’t love you more if we tried! Let’s get you to 100.”

In an interview with Foxtel's Lifestyle, Emmie said she has many things to be grateful for in her life. 

“At 90, I’m proudest of my wonderful family who I’m so fortunate to be close to,” she said. “But I’m also proud of myself, to be this young, healthy and happy.”

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Although the family looks harmonious on screen, Emmie’s granddaughter Isabelle said the real life is not always picture perfect. 

“We do hang out a lot – we live close by and we’re always with each other – but it’s not always perfect. We’ve had some big blues!” she said.

Kerry said, “Mum doesn’t like it when we argue. But if your family isn’t going to say it to you, who will? It’s unconditional love.”