Frances Hargreaves, South African-born Australian actress, Died at 62


Frances Hargreaves was born on January 6, 1955, in South Africa, and died on March 3, 2017.

She was a South African-born Australian actress.

She became famous in the 1970s through her long-running role of wayward teenager Marilyn McDonald, the daughter of Edie and Reg (Mike Dorsey and Wendy Blacklock), whom she always called “Mummy and Daddy” in soap opera Number 96.

Before Number 96 she had acted on the stage in the UK.

When she got married to Australian actor and singer David Gilchrist, they settled in Australia.

During 1989, Amelia, their daughter was born.

During January 1974, aged 20, she scored the role at the last-minute when the original actress, Judy McBurney, had to withdraw due to illness and Hargreaves had to re-shoot all of McBurney’s scenes.

Subsequently, Hargreaves returned to Australia and resumed her role in Number 96 from April 1977 until its demise later that year.

Later, Hargreaves appeared in The Young Doctors as Emma Dixon in 1979 and Who Killed Baby Azaria?

She died in Sydney.

Frances Hargreaves passed away at 62 years old.