Prisoner actor Carol Burns dies in Brisbane aged 68
ustralian actor Carol Burns, famous for her award-winning role as Franky Doyle in the television series Prisoner, has died aged 68.
The Brisbane-born film and television star died in Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital after a short battle with cancer, with her partner, composer and musician Alan Lawrence, by her side.
Burns began her professional career as a founding member of the Queensland Theatre Company (QTC) in 1969 and went on to star in numerous productions.
QTC artistic director Sam Strong said the news was a devastating loss for the Queensland arts community.
"Carol was a legend of the Australian and Queensland stage, and it is tragic that she has been taken away from the audiences she captivated, as well as from Alan and her family," he said.
"I was lucky enough to be welcomed to Queensland personally by Carol only a few weeks ago and in that moment I was privileged to experience just a taste of the warmth and inspiration she has provided to generations of artists.
"Our thoughts and sympathies are with Alan and Carol's family."
'A true fighter for the arts industry'
QTC executive director Sue Donnelly called Ms Burns "one of the greats of Australian theatre".
"QTC was incredibly fortunate to have her grace our stages on many occasions, most recently in the extraordinary portrayal of Winnie in Happy Days," Ms Donnelly said.
"Even though she was ill at the time, Carol was insistent that the show go on and everyone was transfixed by this monumental performance.
"Carol was a generous, caring and friendly person who made everyone feel instantly at ease. She was also a true fighter for the arts industry and her contribution will be remembered far and wide. We will miss her so much."
On Twitter, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk wrote: "Carol Burns was dedicated to the arts in Qld and leaves behind a legacy of passion & talent. My condolences to her family, friends & fans".
Ms Burns held roles with Queensland Arts Council/Artslink, Actors Equity Queensland among others, and was vice president of the Actors' & Entertainers' Benevolent Fund (Qld) Inc.
Born: 2/22/1947, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Died: 12/21/2015, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Carol Burns’ western – actress:
Eureka Stockade (TV) – 1984 (Anastasia Hayes)