Andrew Hornery

Andrew Hornery

Senior journalist Andrew Hornery is the man behind The Sydney Morning Herald's Private Sydney column, keeping tabs on everyone from socialites to social climbers. If they are worth knowing about, you can bet they are on the PS radar.

Andrew Olle lecture: Australian Women's Weekly editor Helen McCabe takes aim at 'crazy' legislation

Andrew Hornery Helen McCabe presents the 2015 Andrew Olle Media Lecture

PS in The Birdcage

Melbourne Cup 2015: Gina Rinehart's son choppers into The Birdcage as Sam Frost debuts Sasha

Lady Kitty Spencer, the niece of the late Princess Diana, is Flemington bound.

Andrew Hornery The sun is shining but not quite as bright as some of the celebrity talent which have started to file into the Birdcage marquees at Flemington for this year's Melbourne Cup.

Accent coach Victoria Mielewska helps Kate Winslet go Strine for The Dressmaker

Andrew Hornery Whatever Australians make of the film The Dressmaker, there is one thing we all seem to be in agreement on: Kate Winslet has nailed the Aussie accent.

PS Derby Day: Marquee performers turn heads in the Birdcage

Julie Bishop and David Panton turned heads.

Andrew Hornery It was probably the easiest $150,000 Hilary Swank has ever made. As the rain pelted down over Flemington's Birdcage marquees for Derby Day, the two-time Oscar winner was feted as the biggest...

Private Sydney: Top celebrities give Flemington marquees a miss

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Andrew Hornery The marquee hosts inside Flemington's famed Birdcage have struggled to woo celebrities with pulling power this year.


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Liz Hurley at 50 gives a birthday interview as flimsy as that Versace dress

Elizabeth Hurley in 2008: Even as she moves into her 50s, her ambition in life seems to be based around the superficial.

Andrew Hornery Liz Hurley burst onto the pop culture radar in a Versace dress barely kept together with safety pins, but surely after all these years she has formed more compelling views on the world?

Private Sydney: Gretel Packer – birthday billionaire

Gretel Packer with mum Ros and daughter Francesca.

Andrew Hornery On the cusp of her 50th birthday, Gretel Packer was reluctantly thrust into the spotlight this week, a place where unlike her own daughter Francesca, she has never been comfortable.

PS: Writer Juliet Rieden uncovers royal visit surprise

The Queen and Prince Phillip – he is not always in the background.

Andrew Hornery No one has followed the Royal family's tours of Australia quite as closely as journalist and deputy editor of the Australian Women's Weekly Juliet Rieden, who is about to publish a fascinating book...

Ultimate challenge faces Anna Coren in unfamiliar territory

Andrew Hornery A new siege ahead as ultimate achiever Anna Coren travels unfamiliar territory.

PS Big brother James Packer plays the heavy

Smile:  James Packer, flanked by sister Gretel (left), with wife Erica and mother Ros at an earlier, happy, engagement with a Herald photographer.

Andrew Hornery Seriously James Packer, Menthol?


Delta Goodrem with 17-year-old cancer patient and fan Rachel Woolley.

Andrew Hornery Who needs expensive wind machines and water jets? Certainly not Delta Goodrem, the headline act at Thursday's Wharf4Ward Sony Foundation fundraiser.


Family Feud host Grant Denyer raises a smile with $30,000 Woman's Day deal

Andrew Hornery Private Sydney PS dinkus

Andrew Hornery There is something quite unnerving about the "grin from ear to ear" as sported by game show host Grant Denyer in last week's edition of Woman's Day.

Groom on a leash: Christa Billich promotes her pet subject of marriage

Andrew Hornery The wife of Sydney artist Charles Billich was purring about the upcoming wedding for their beloved pet, a pooch named Charlie.

Candidates screen-tested for Sydney Real Housewives series

Marylin Koch

Andrew Hornery Foxtel hopes to emulate success of The Real Housewives of Melbourne.

PS: The extraordinary life of Bernie Leser

Andrew Hornery One can only imagine the scene as the late Bernie Leser, the founder of Vogue Australia who passed away at home on Tuesday aged 90, arrived at the pearly gates this week to be greeted by...

Private Sydney: Chinese Gatsby Sam Guo, made famous by Joe Hockey, throws a party

Andrew Hornery Former treasurer and neighbour apparently not invited after suggesting Foreign Investment Review Board investigate tycoon.

Have Woman's Day and Grant Denyer kissed and made up with new feel good story?

Grant Denyer in Women's Day.

Andrew Hornery What a difference 18 months and $30,000 has made for the relationship between Grant Denyer and Woman's Day.

Real tears from Bindi as Steve Irwin's daughter is embraced by her homeland

Terri and Bindi Irwin in 2014: I was one of the ones who speculated whether the Irwin legacy would soon come to an end – and I was wrong.

Andrew Hornery It wasn't so long ago the world decided Bindi Irwin was uncool. How the world has changed.