Vale: Carmen Duncan

Actress Carmen Duncan, best known for Skyways, Another World and A Country Practice, has died aged 76.

She died on the weekend following a battle with cancer.

The sister of Paula Duncan, she was raised in Cooma, New South Wales, and enjoyed a long list of TV credits before spending time in the US.

Her earliest roles were in 1960s & ’70s Australian TV shows Hunter, You Can’t See ‘Round Corners, Riptide, Division 4, Homicide, Ryan and Matlock Police.

In Number 96 she played Helen Sheridan before a role on Certain Women and an ongoing role as Elaine MacFarlane in Skyways. Other credits included A Country Practice, Hotel, Water Rats, Head Start, The Flying Doctors, Chopper Squad, The Young Doctors, Something in the Air, Farscape, Always Greener, All Saints, Crashburn and Winners & Losers as Prof Kerry Green.

Film credits included Harlequin, Turkey Shoot, Touch & Go, Liquid Bridge and Hotel Mumbai.

In the US she played she portrayed rich bitch Iris Carrington Wheeler on Another World. Her other US credits included As the World Turns and Ash vs Evil Dead.

She later became a fundraising manager for the GO Fund, devoted to research and treatment for gynaecological cancer and was an Ambassador for the Breast Care Centre at the Royal Hospital for Women.

“I’m a real party girl,” she once said. “I love company; I love to see my friends, my girlfriends, my gay friends, my boyfriends – I mean friends who are boys. And I’m very lucky.”

She added, “I don’t particularly want to grow old without somebody in my life, but I’d rather grow old without somebody in my life than grow old, unhappy with somebody.”

Source: Adelaide Now

8 Comments:

  1. i’m sure there would be many people respectfully recognizing her as somewhat of a pioneer, one of the first Aussies to become successful on US TV before a long line to come…

    • Woman’s Day has now inserted a clarification to their interview with Carmen and Paula Duncan that was published on Friday. It dated back to 2017. Why they sat on it for two years is unclear.

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