Gold Logie winner Lorrae Desmond Biography Lorrae Desmond Wiki
Australian singer and actress Lorrae Desmond has died at the age of 91 after a brief battle with an illness.
— Geoff Field (@GeoffField) May 23, 2021
Gold Logie winner Lorrae Desmond
The Gold Logie winner, best known for her role as Shirley Gilroy on Australian soap A Country Practice, passed away over the weekend.
Born Beryl Hunt in 1929 in Mittagong on the south coast of New South Wales, she moved to Great Britain with her family at the age of 10.
Her career began in the UK when she represented the nation in the 1957 Eurovision Song Contest.
She returned to Australia in the 1960s and began singing and dancing in the self-titled variety program The Lorrae Desmond Show. She was the first woman to win a Gold Logie.
The television star also maintained troops in Vietnam, the Middle East, Malaysia, Singapore, Kenya and Somalia between 1967 and 1971.
She was in A Country Practice between 1981 and 1992 before playing Donald Fisher’s mother, Isobel Dupre, on Home And Away in 1997.
That year, Desmond was on the Australia Day 2021 Honor Roll as a member of the Australian Order for her service to the performing arts.
In January she told TV Tonight, “I don’t know what I did to deserve it. But I am very honored. It was a big surprise. ‘
“I am grateful to be still alive. I will be celebrating with friends and family on the Gold Coast. I’ll have sambuca while they’re enjoying champagne, ”she said.
Shane Whithington, who played Brendan Jones in A Country Practice, wrote on Twitter on Sunday: “Vale Lorrae Desmond”.
‘Enormous heart. Tremendous talent. We all loved her. ‘
Wendy Strehlow, who played Nurse Judy Loveday on A Country Practice, wrote: “She has been my mentor, my friend, and an infinite source of wisdom, grace and style.”