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Wendy Hughes (29 July 1952 – 8 March 2014) was an Australian actress known for her work in theatre, film and television. Hughes was an award-winning actress.[3][4] Her career spanned more than forty years and established her reputation as one of Australia's finest and most prolific actors.[5] Her biggest role was in Lonely Hearts, played in 1982 (this film was the beginning of a long collaboration with director Paul Cox). In her later career she acted in Happy New Year along with stars Peter Falk
Peter Falk
and Charles Durning. In 1993 she played Dr. Carol Blythe, M. E. in Homicide: Life on the Street. In the late 1990s, she starred in State Coroner and Paradise Road.

Contents

1 Career

1.1 As an actress

2 Awards 3 Personal life 4 Death 5 References 6 External links

Career[edit] Born in Melbourne, Australia[6] to English-born parents,[7] Hughes originally studied to become a ballerina[8] but during her teenage year she turned her focus to acting and later graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art
National Institute of Dramatic Art
(NIDA)[6] and, after honing her skills with the Melbourne
Melbourne
Theatre Company, had her first film role in Petersen (1974).[8] During the early 1970s she also had her first television parts, including appearing in Power Without Glory, a television series first broadcast in 1976.[7] Called "one of the important players in the development and productivity of Australian
Australian
film",[4] Hughes worked closely with prominent Australian
Australian
artists such as the cinematographer John Seale and the writers David Williamson and Bob Ellis.[4] She was one of the leading players in the 1970s' "New Australian
Australian
Film" renaissance.[9] As an actress[edit] Hughes' first internationally known role was the character Patricia in Lonely Hearts (1982).[10] This role commenced a decades-long collaboration with the Dutch- Australian
Australian
director Paul Cox.[10] As one of the leading actresses in Australian
Australian
cinema, Hughes' roles in the 1970s and 1980s included those in Newsfront, Kostas, My Brilliant Career, Lucinda Brayford, Touch and Go, Hoodwink, Lonely Hearts, Careful, He Might Hear You, My First Wife, I Can't Get Started, An Indecent Obsession, Echoes of Paradise, Boundaries of the Heart, Warm Nights on a Slow Moving Train (1988) and Luigi's Ladies.[11] Hughes made her American debut in 1987 in John G. Avildsen's film Happy New Year opposite Peter Falk
Peter Falk
and Charles Durning. In 1989 she starred opposite Pierce Brosnan in The Heist, a TV movie made by HBO.[11] She continued to make occasional appearances on television, such as playing Jilly Stewart in the mini-series Return to Eden
Return to Eden
in 1983. During the early 1990s, she spent time in the United States, where she played medical examiner Dr Carol Blythe in the television series Homicide: Life on the Street. She also appeared in the miniseries Amerika and made a guest appearance as Lieutenant Commander Nella Daren on Star Trek: The Next Generation, in the episode Lessons, as one of the few love interests that Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jean-Luc Picard
had on the show. Back in Australia, Hughes played lead roles on television in The Man From Snowy River ("Snowy River: The McGregor Saga") and State Coroner. Hughes's film appearances at this approximate time included the fact-based comedy-drama Princess Caraboo and Paradise Road. Her later film roles included Salvation (2007), The Caterpillar Wish (2006) and The Man Who Sued God
The Man Who Sued God
(2001).[12] Stage appearances by Hughes during this time included as Mrs. Robinson in the 2001 Melbourne
Melbourne
version of The Graduate, Martha in a 2007 staging of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
by the Melbourne
Melbourne
Theatre Company,[13] the character of Honor in Honour in 2010,[14] and Henry Higgins's mother in Pygmalion (2012). Her last TV appearance was in Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. Awards[edit] She was nominated for Australian
Australian
Film Institute acting awards six times, and won the Best Lead actress award in 1983 for her performance in Careful, He Might Hear You.[15] Personal life[edit] Hughes had two children, a son with restaurateur Patric Juillet and a daughter with actor Chris Haywood. She was also married to actor Sean Scully for some time.[6][16] She was survived by her two children, three grandchildren and two siblings. Death[edit] Hughes died of cancer on 8 March 2014, aged 61. Actor Bryan Brown announced her death to an audience attending the play Travelling North in Sydney
Sydney
that afternoon, asking the audience to join him in a standing ovation in tribute to the late actress.[16] References[edit]

^ http://www.smh.com.au/comment/obituaries/wendy-hughes-mainstay-of-a-resurgent-australian-film-industry-20140311-34joq.html ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/australian-actor-wendy-hughes-has-died-at-the-age-of-61/story-fni0cx12-1226848998648 ^ Lyndall Crisp in The Australian
Australian
(6 April 2010). "Blissfully At Ease Standing Alone".  ^ a b c Australian
Australian
Center for the Moving Image. "Focus on Wendy Hughes".  ^ "Wendy's House". 2006.  ^ a b c " Australian
Australian
actor Wendy Hughes has died at the age of 61". Herald Sun. News Ltd. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2014.  ^ a b [1] ^ a b The Movies Hype. " Wendy Hughes Biography".  ^ MSN Entertainment. " Wendy Hughes Biography".  ^ a b Philip Tyndall in Australian
Australian
Center for the Moving Image. "A Celebration of Wendy Hughes".  ^ a b " Wendy Hughes Filmography by Year Imdb".  ^ The Movies Hype. "Movies with Wendy Hughes".  ^ MacMillan, Lola. "Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf? / Melbourne
Melbourne
Theatre Company". Australian
Australian
Stage. Retrieved 28 May 2013.  ^ "Honour". Australian
Australian
Stage. Retrieved 28 May 2013.  ^ "AACTA – Past Winners – 1980–1989 – 1983". Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). Retrieved 8 March 2014.  ^ a b Dumas, Daisy (8 March 2014). "Actress Wendy Hughes dead at 61". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 

External links[edit]

Wendy Hughes on IMDb

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AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role

Monica Maughan (1971) Jacki Weaver
Jacki Weaver
(1972) Judy Morris (1973) Julie Dawson (1974/1995) Helen Morse (1976) Pat Bishop (1977) Angela Punch McGregor (1978) Michele Fawdon (1979) Tracy Mann (1980) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(1981) Noni Hazlehurst (1982) Wendy Hughes (1983) Angela Punch McGregor (1984) Noni Hazlehurst (1985) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(1986) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(1987) Nadine Garner
Nadine Garner
(1988) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(1989) Catherine McClements
Catherine McClements
(1990) Sheila Florance
Sheila Florance
(1991) Lisa Harrow (1992) Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter
(1993) Toni Collette
Toni Collette
(1994) Jacqueline McKenzie
Jacqueline McKenzie
(1995) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(1996) Pamela Rabe
Pamela Rabe
(1997) Deborah Mailman
Deborah Mailman
(1998) Sacha Horler
Sacha Horler
(1999) Pia Miranda
Pia Miranda
(2000) Kerry Armstrong (2001) Maria Theodorakis (2002) Toni Collette
Toni Collette
(2003) Abbie Cornish
Abbie Cornish
(2004) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
(2005) Emily Barclay
Emily Barclay
(2006) Joan Chen
Joan Chen
(2007) Monic Hendrickx (2008) Frances O'Connor (2009) Jacki Weaver
Jacki Weaver
(2010) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(2011) Deborah Mailman
Deborah Mailman
(2012) Rose Byrne
Rose Byrne
(2013) Sarah Snook
Sarah Snook
(2014) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2015) Odessa Young
Odessa Young
(2016) Emma Booth (2017)

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