PHOTOS: A tribute in pictures to Wendy Hughes

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.’’

Wendy Hughes as Kathleen O'Neill in Banjo Paterson's Man From Snowy River.

Wendy Hughes as Kathleen O'Neill in Banjo Paterson's Man From Snowy River.

Wendy Hughes pictured in 2009.

Wendy Hughes pictured in 2009.

At the Australin Film Industry Awards in 1985.

At the Australin Film Industry Awards in 1985.

Cate Blanchett, Wendy Hughes, Messa Humphries And Penne Hackforth Jones at the premiere of Paradise Road in 1997.

Cate Blanchett, Wendy Hughes, Messa Humphries And Penne Hackforth Jones at the premiere of Paradise Road in 1997.

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.    

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Norman Kaye and Hughes in the film Lonely Hearts.

Norman Kaye and Hughes in the film Lonely Hearts.

Wendy Hughes stars in the Graduate.

Wendy Hughes stars in the Graduate.

Hughes pictured in 1984.

Hughes pictured in 1984.

Wendy Hughes, Glenn Close and Cate Blanchett in Paradise Road.

Wendy Hughes, Glenn Close and Cate Blanchett in Paradise Road.

Wendy Hughes takes on the role of Mrs Robinson in the Australian production of the Graduate.

Wendy Hughes takes on the role of Mrs Robinson in the Australian production of the Graduate.

Hughes as Kate Ferrari in the TV series State Coroner.

Hughes as Kate Ferrari in the TV series State Coroner.

Hughes as Kate Ferrari in the TV series State Coroner.

Hughes as Kate Ferrari in the TV series State Coroner.

Gary Sweet (Michael Wilson) and Wendy Hughes (Honour Langtry) star in Colleen McCullough's An Indecent Obsession.

Gary Sweet (Michael Wilson) and Wendy Hughes (Honour Langtry) star in Colleen McCullough's An Indecent Obsession.

Hughes in Two Twisted.

Hughes in Two Twisted.

Hughes in the Graduate.

Hughes in the Graduate.

Hughes in the Graduate.

Hughes in the Graduate.

Hughes in the film Lonely Hearts.

Hughes in the film Lonely Hearts.

Hughes in the film Salvation.

Hughes in the film Salvation.

Hughes in Sydney Theatre Company production Honour.

Hughes in Sydney Theatre Company production Honour.

Hughes in State Coroner.

Hughes in State Coroner.

Hughes in the TV movie Puzzle.

Hughes in the TV movie Puzzle.

Hughes at the MTC.

Hughes at the MTC.

Celebrating the Melbourne Cup in 1997.

Celebrating the Melbourne Cup in 1997.

As Annalise Lang in the TV series All Saints.

As Annalise Lang in the TV series All Saints.

Hughes in a production of the Graduate.

Hughes in a production of the Graduate.

Hughes and Garry McDonald play Martha and George in the MTC's production of Virginia Woolf.

Hughes and Garry McDonald play Martha and George in the MTC's production of Virginia Woolf.

Tony Harvey and Wendy Hughes.

Tony Harvey and Wendy Hughes.

Judy Davis, Rachael Blake, Wendy Hughes and Daniela Farinacci in 2001.

Judy Davis, Rachael Blake, Wendy Hughes and Daniela Farinacci in 2001.

John Hargreaves and Hughes in My First Wife.

John Hargreaves and Hughes in My First Wife.

Hughes pictured in 2005.

Hughes pictured in 2005.

Hughes in Melbourne to act in the David Williamson play Amigos.

Hughes in Melbourne to act in the David Williamson play Amigos.

Hughes at the Sydney Theatre Company for a production of Oedipus.

Hughes at the Sydney Theatre Company for a production of Oedipus.

Here's to you, Mrs Robinson: Wendy Hughes stars in The Graduate.

Here's to you, Mrs Robinson: Wendy Hughes stars in The Graduate.

Aunt Vanessa played by Wendy Hughes with Nicholas Gledhill, in the movie Careful He Might Hear You.

Aunt Vanessa played by Wendy Hughes with Nicholas Gledhill, in the movie Careful He Might Hear You.

A modern Mrs Robinson - Hughes in character.

A modern Mrs Robinson - Hughes in character.

Hughes pictured in 1995.

Hughes pictured in 1995.