Grundy turned 85 earlier this year and was also named in the Queen’s Birthday honours list for his services to television.
Joy Chambers, an author and former model, TV game show panelist and actress, married Grundy back in the 1970s and has invited a list of TV stars and back-stagers that helped Grundy become a household name and create an international production empire, with hit shows including Wheel Of Fortune, Sale Of The Century, Pot Of Gold, Neighbours, The Young Doctors, Chopper Squad, Prisoner (pictured), Perfect Match, The Price Is Right, Blankety Blanks, Sons And Daughters, It’s A Knockout and The Restless Years.
Grundy also produced US versions of Sale Of The Century and Prisoner and co-produced the 1977 feature ABBA The Movie which followed the pop group’s Australian tour.
Some of those believed to be attending next week’s celebration include Brian Henderson, Ernie Sigley, Larry Emdur, Alan Jones, TV boss David Leckie and production staff that worked on Grundy’s first TV venture Wheel Of Fortune which he hosted back in 1959.
Having dominated Australian television production and expanded the business overseas – with branches in the United States and Europe – Grundy sold the company to British-based Pearson Television in 1995. The company is now part of the international Fremantlemedia group, continuing production in Australia with shows including Neighbours, Australian Idol and So You Think You Can Dance.
After selling his TV production company, Grundy invested in radio as major shareholder in regional network RG Capital before the company was bought out by Macquarie Bank.
Reg Grundy and Joy Chambers now live in Bermuda.