A string of Australian stars including cast members of Home And Away have paid tribute to Cornelia Frances, after the actress lost her life following a battle with cancer.
Fans have also taken to social media after the 77-year-old television star’s death was announced on Tuesday morning.
#CorneliaFrances. You were always ahead of the game. Will miss your witty banter on-set X,” actor Lincoln Younes, who played River Boy Casey Braxton on the Channel Seven show, wrote.
Vale #CorneliaFrances. You were always ahead of the game. Will miss your witty banter on-set X
— Lincoln Younes (@lincolnyounes1) May 29, 2018
I met Cornelia Frances when I was 11. I was pretty terrified but she could not have been sweeter and I have always remembered that. Sad day.
— Joel Creasey (@joelcreasey) May 29, 2018
David Jones Roberts, who played Xavier Austin on the show, also shared a heartfelt message.
“I had the pleasure of working with the beautiful, amazing, iconic Cornelia Frances. I remember being intimidated, when I was going to shoot my first scene with her,” he wrote.
“As she played such a strong intimidating woman and I had no idea what to expect. Instead she greeted me with a big smile, a big hug and told me stories about working with my dad on Sons and Daughters. Such a lovely woman. You’ll be missed RIP.”
Meanwhile local comedian Joel Creasey tweeted: “I met Cornelia Frances when I was 11. I was pretty terrified but she could not have been sweeter and I have always remembered that. Sad day”.
A Channel Seven statement released to Be on Tuesday morning read: “Cornelia Frances was a unique person.
“Her on screen presence inspired a generation of actors. This gift was coupled with an ability to bring a sense of dignity and presence into each room she entered. Her energy and character will be missed.”
Earlier this year the actress opened up about battling the aftermath of a bladder cancer diagnosis.
She remained optimistic at the time, after her cancer spread to her thigh and back.
“It’s a hard road, but we’ll get there,” she told A Current Affair.
“I’m feeling fine, albeit what’s inside me.”
Devestated at the passing of one of Aussie TVs true icons, Cornelia Frances! One of my all time fave characters was Barbra Hamilton in Sons and Daughters and the legendary Morag Bellingham in Home and Away. RIP Corny pic.twitter.com/SCHcHz2ZxX
— Viscount TJ (@spanner77) May 29, 2018
RIP Cornelia Frances
— A. Beaverhausen (@kezzra) May 29, 2018
Cornelia was diagnosed with bladder cancer last year, and it later spread to her back and thigh.
She then broke two ribs due to the swelling of the tumour.
The veteran TV star, famed for her role as Morag on Home And Away, said she wouldn’t give up on fighting the illness.
“I’m really feeling ok,” she said in her interview.
Sad to see Cornelia Frances' name trending. Vale to a great Australian actress
— Darren Smith (@_darrensmith) May 29, 2018
Vale #CorneliaFrances. You were a strong woman at a time when it wasn't entirely cool to be one. Thanks for blazing the trail.
— Jason Murdoch (@JasonJMurdoch) May 29, 2018
“The pain comes and goes but you expect that,” she continued, adding, “We’re gonna fight it, by god I am”.
Apart from starring in Home And Away, Cornelia is known for her acting roles in The Young Doctors andSons And Daughters.
She was also the host of reality show The Weakest Link.
Our thoughts are with Cornelia’s family and friends during this tough time.
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