She also won an AFI and Logie award for her work in The Damnation Of Harvey McHugh, played Nana Scott to a young Graham Kennedy in The King, and appeared in numerous Australian productions including The Librarians, MDA, Blue Heelers, Crackerjack, Halifax FP, The Genie from Down Under, The Gillies Report, The Flying Doctors, Come in Spinner, Coln Carpenter, The Box, Matlock Police and Homicide.
Her performance in Nightmares and Dreamscapes “Crouch End” aired on Wednesday night on GO!
But Maughan was most prolific as a stage actress, notably with the Melbourne Theatre Company. She worked with every major theatre company in Australia. She also won Green Room Awards. Born in Tonga, she was a member of the Melboune University Dramatic Club and made her debut opposite Barry Humphries in The Front Page in April 1954.
Maughan was always coy about her age, merely saying, “I can’t remember – 20 or 21 – and I’ve always lied about my age, so there’s no point in trying to make me exact, no point at all.”
Her most recent role was in 2009’s film Blessed.
NB: Monica also appeared in a Radio Play written by yours truly and was very supportive of my early writing work. I would like to extend my sympathy to her family and friends. A wonderful lady and a great actress.