Veteran TV presenter and former actress Joy Hruby, best known for her long-running Community TV show Joy’s World, has died.
Hruby, who turned 89 last year, hosted the longest-running TV show in Community Television, which began in 1987.
Joy’s World started in the basement of a housing commission building in Redfern. After leaving CTV-1, it moved to a studio in Leichhardt, then to the Aboriginal college EORA, then for some years at South Sydneys League Club.
The show presented people from all walks of life many of whom seldom got to appear on television, many later becoming professionals, in front of and behind the camera. It clocked up over 1000 episodes, all edited by Hruby herself.
From 2004 to 2014 the show ran on TVS (Television Sydney) three times a week, until the channel discontinued. But not one to fade quietly, Hruby raised $8,400 through a Kickstarter campaign and continued her show through YouTube.
Dubbo-born Hruby also enjoyed a 50+ year career in the entertainment industry as a theatrical agent, drama teacher, author and actress having appeared in JC Williamson’s musicals and TV shows including Sons & Daughters, Home & Away, and The Outsiders. She even entered multiple films into Tropfest.
“The main thing is to be creative, and keep doing the things you love to do,” she said recently.
Hruby’s contribution to the arts and entertainment was recognised with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the 2007 Queen’s New Years Honours List.