Now 78, as a child Lorraine played classical piano Saturday afternoons on Radio 2UE. Early acting work included several roles with J.C. Williamson working opposite actors like the amazing Edward Woodward, the brilliant Scottish comedian Stanley Baxter and too many other names to list. She worked with the Australian Elizabethan Theatre in Patrick White’s The Season at Sarsaparilla and the Ensemble Theatre Company, being a founder in 1958. Over the years she has worked with Melbourne Theatre Company, Malcolm Cooke Productions and the Gordon Frost Organisation.
For almost 60 years Lorraine has appeared on our stages and screens, including no less than 48 theatre roles covering William Shakespeare, Henrik Ibsen, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, David Williamson, John Misto and more, with theatre companies across Australia. She has had countless television series guest roles and mini-series appearances including 1915 (ABC), The Challenge as Eileen Bond, Grim Pickings (SAFC) and Through My Eyes as Lindy Chamberlain’s mother. Among her most notable screen roles have been as the matriarch Grace Sullivan in The Sullivans for three years, and two years as Jennifer Carson in Carson’s Law, which was written especially for her. Both shows were internationally successful.
Lorraine has seven film credits including The Man From Snowy River with Kirk Douglas, and Fatty Finn as a “bad, bad woman”. She played saxophone (Amazing Grace) with the Australian Army Band at Taronga Zoo Prom nights (twice), and has won ten awards from 14 nominations (including an AFI nomination for Fatty Finn). Lorraine was appointed a member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2001 Honours List and in 2006 she was named in Australian Variety’s Entertainers of the Century. Lorraine is a life member of the RSPCA and a strong advocate for organ donation. She has been an equity member since… forever.