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'Home and Away' star dies at 77

Rodolfo Vieira
May 29, 2018
11:42 A.M.
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Cornelia Frances, one of the most notorious actresses in the world when it came to villainous roles, passed away at the age of 77.

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Frances drew her last breath on Monday, May 28, 2018, in Sydney, Australia, after a long and hard battle with bladder cancer. At the time of her death, she was surrounded by family and friends who showed up to support her.

Her death was announced by her son, Lawrence Eastland, on his Facebook page. Days before his mother's death, he took to Instagram to share a photo of his mother resting,

The late actress became famous in the late 70s for her strong features and presence, especially while playing the role of Sister Grace Scott on The Young Doctors.

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The show took place in Albert Memorial Hospital and Frances was very proud of her character. According to her, the fact that Scott ran her staff with a firm hand was one of the characters' most appealing characteristics.

Although the show's hospital was fictional, it still took place in a real one, where the actress found herself four decades later to receive treatment as a cancer patient.

France's most famous role, however, was in Home and Away as Morag Bellingham, Alf Stewart's sister. The role of the villain became associated with her persona throughout the years and people would often believe that she was as strict as the characters she played.

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During an interview, Frances revealed that people would often walk away whenever they spotted her in public, while some dared her to crack a smile.

Frances, who was born in Lancashire, England, in 1941, saw her stern image sink even deeper after being cast as the host of The Weakest Link game show. 

Despite the popular belief that she was a serious woman, she was in fact very nice and was regarded as a great woman who loved animals, particularly orangutans.

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