"Cornie was a larger than life character. She was a wonderful human being. She worked in this industry for years and years and years – her list of credits is longer than I can imagine…
"To work with her as my on-screen sister, we had an absolute ball. We sparred for the best part of 30 years.
"We had a minute’s silence before we started work in the studio this morning. She was equally loved by cast and crew.
"She had a wonderful warmth, a great sense of humour, and she was a formidable sparring opponent on screen. She will really and truly be very much missed by everybody who knows her, not just people in the industry but people outside as well. She brought a nurturing warmth to any situation, and look… I really don't know what to say, because it's a big loss.
"Cornie and I caught up at least probably once a fortnight, maybe more often than that.
"I live in North Sydney, she lived in that general area, and we caught up on a fairly regular basis. Cornie loved a drink.
"She was wonderful company, and a wonderful host.
"Look, she was just a good bird. For a pom, she was almost like an Aussie."
See this weeks issue of New Idea for a touching look at Cornelia Frances' amazing career and life.
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