Sad news for TV fans with the death of an icon
Gold Logie winner Lorrae Desmond has died aged 91 after a short battle with illness TV Blackbox has confirmed.
Her career spanned over 55 years but most Australians fondly remember her as Shirley in A Country Practice where she appeared 816 episodes from 1981 to 1992.
Born Beryl Hunt, Lorrae grew up in Mittagong NSW but moved to Britain with her family aged 10.
After forging a career in the United Kingdom during the ’50s she returned to Australia and quickly established herself as an entertainer to be reckoned with.
The versatile performer had her own musical variety program The Lorrae Desmond Show from 1960 until 1964. She also won the TV Week Gold Logie in 1962.
Lorrae toured Vietnam during the conflict for which she was honoured with the MBE for services to entertainment.
Her many and varied appearances included programs such as s Homicide, Number 96 and Arcade in 1980,
Co-star Shane Withington tweeted:
Vale Lorrae Desmond. Enormous heart Enormous talent. We all loved her.
Vale Lorrae Desmond.— Shane Withington. (@ripperriver) May 23, 2021
We all loved her.
Wendy Strehlow, who played Judy Loveday alongside Lorrae, added:
She was my mentor, my friend and an unending source of wisdom, grace and style 💔— Wendy Strehlow (@Strehlowwendy) May 23, 2021