Australian Actress Wendy Hughes Dies at 61

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Australian actress Wendy Hughes lost her battle with cancer early Saturday morning in Sydney. She was 61.

The TV, film and stage star was best known for her movies “My Brilliant Career” and “Return To Eden.” She was a longtime cast member of the Aussie TV drama “State Coroner.”

Other memorable roles included her take as Mrs. Robinson in the Australian stage adaptation of “The Graduate,” Martha in 2007’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and, most recently, Higgins’ mother in 2012’s “Pygmalion.”

Hughes won the Australian Film Institute’s best lead actress award in 1983 for her performance in “Careful, He Might Hear You.”

Actor Bryan Brown announced the death to the audience of Sydney Theatre Company’s Travelling North on Saturday afternoon. Patrons honored the late actress with a standing ovation.

Hughes is survived by her daughter Charlotte (with actor Chris Haywood) and son Jay (with restaurateur Patrick Juillet).

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  1. Robert & Sandra Wood says:

    So sorry to hear sad news. Have known Wendy since she was at school. Sincere condolences to family and sister Jan. Sandra & Robert Wood. (snappytrumps@bigpond.com)

  2. Daniel says:

    Sincerest condolences to the Hughes family and all those who knew and worked with this Australian legend. A laudable actress of the Australian film renassiance.

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