Dawn Lake, star of a string of 1950s and 60s Australian variety shows including the influential “The Mavis Bramston Show,” died Jan. 1 in Sydney from complications with emphysema. She was 78.
Lake was married to fellow music and TV star Bobby Limb but continued to use her stage name of Lake throughout her career. The two met in 1950 on the nightclub circuit and became a popular draw.
In the late 1950s they translated their club act into television success with “The Bobby Limb Show” on the Nine Network, a mix of music and sketch comedy. Equally adept at comedy, singing or dancing, Lake and her husband starred in “Bobby Limb’s Sound of Music” in 1964, in which she sang with local and international artists including Nat King Cole.
At the same time Lake was appearing on “The Mavis Bramston Show,” a comedy sketch program that is seen as the incubator for some of Oz’s most successful TV comedians.
In the early 70s, she had guest roles in Oz cop skein “Division 4” and starred in an episode of U.S. sudser “Dynasty.”
Soon after, she retired from television and toured with Limb on the club circuit with their cabaret show. During the 70s she had small film roles in Ted Kotcheff’s outback thriller “Wake in Fright” and comedy “Sunstruck.” Limb died in 1999.
She is survived by her daughter.