The Australian acting community has united in love and loss, with an outpouring of grief following the death of acclaimed actress Wendy Hughes.
Ms Hughes, who lived at Wombarra, passed away Saturday after a battle with cancer.
Her death was announced by actor Bryan Brown to an audience at the Sydney Theatre Company on Saturday afternoon, and was confirmed by her agency Marquee Management.
In a statement on their Facebook page, Marquee said ‘‘we would like to extend our heartfelt thoughts to the family and friends of our dear client and friend, Wendy Hughes. We will miss her greatly, and our industry has today lost a true great.’’
Many took to Twitter to express their love and sadness for the award-winning television, film and stage actress, best known for turns in My Brilliant Career and Return To Eden.
‘‘Vale my dear friend, Wendy Hughes,’’ fellow actor Colette Mann wrote on Twitter.
‘‘We had such fun as kids in drama class and I loved working with you on Just Desserts. Goodbye dear one.’’
‘‘RIP to a great Aussie Actress,’’ wrote singer David Campbell, while TV journalist and historian Andrew Mercado posted ‘‘Vale Wendy Hughes, great actress, still beautiful, loved her in Careful He Might Hear You, Petersen, Return To Eden and Number 96.’’
Hughes will be remembered for work on the Billy Connolly film The Man Who Sued God, with television credits including State Coroner and MDA; appearances on Star Trek: The Next Generation, City Homicide and All Saints; and stage credits for Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? and The Graduate.
She won the Australian Film Institute (AFI) award for best actress in 1983 for her leading role in Careful, He Might Hear You, as well as Logie awards in 1977 and 1984 in the best supporting actress category for Power Without Glory and Return To Eden respectively.
Wendy Hughes was 61.