Ita Buttrose


Ita Buttrose Bio

Who is Ita Buttrose

Ita Clare Buttrose is an Australian journalist, businesswoman, television personality and author. She was the founding editor of Cleo, a high-circulation magazine aimed at women aged 20 to 40 that was frank about sexuality (and, in its infancy, featured nude male centrefolds) and, later, as the editor of the more conventional Australian Women's Weekly.

Early Life (Childhood)

Ita Buttrose was born at Potts Point, Sydney, and named after her maternal grandmother, Ita Clare Rodgers (née Rosenthal). She completed her secondary education at Dover Heights Home Science High School, leaving at 15 to begin her career.

Interesting Facts

Buttrose was the youngest person to have been appointed editor of the Weekly. She has been associated with various charitable activities including Women of Vision, Amarant and the Sydney Women’s Festival.

Personal Life

Buttrose has been married twice. First, she married with Alasdair “Mac” Macdonald in 1963 and the coupled divorced in 1976. She then married Peter Sawyer in 1979 and separated in 1980. Currently, she resides in Sydney along with her children and grandchildren.


Buttrose was honored with an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1979 and made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1998. In 1988, she received the Centenary Medal Award.