A Look Back at the Love Story of John Cornell and Delvene Delaney

Aussie icon John Cornell died this week with his beloved wife Delvene Delaney by his side.

Delvene, like her husband, has a distinguished career and legacy in the Australian entertainment industry.

The Queensland-born beauty, now 69 years old, got her start in showbiz as a teen model before working as a weather girl in Brisbane and Melbourne.

Icon: Aussie icon John Cornell died this week with his beloved wife Delvene Delaney by his side. (Pictured together in 2006)

She then moved to London for a short time where she worked as a bunny in the famous Playboy Club.

At the time, she was offered $5,000 to pose as a centerfold in the magazine, but turned it down to return to Australia to focus on her acting career.

Returning home, she landed a few small gigs, before being picked up in 1975 to host the short-lived game show High Rollers.

Flashback: The Queensland-born beauty, now 69 years old, got her start in showbiz as a teen model before working as a weather girl in Brisbane and Melbourne

Flashback: The Queensland-born beauty, now 69 years old, got her start in showbiz as a teen model before working as a weather girl in Brisbane and Melbourne

Glamour: Delvene was arguably one of the biggest Australian sex symbols of the 1970s

Glamour: Delvene was arguably one of the biggest Australian sex symbols of the 1970s

It was High Rollers fame that led to her being discovered by Cornell, who soon became her manager and then lover.

“I’m not in the business of making artists,” Cornell said in 1975 when asked about Delaney’s burgeoning showbiz career.

“Either they have it or they don’t. Delvene does,” he added.

Legendary: Delvene collaborated with Cornell and Paul Hogan on The Paul Hogan Show, which brought her national fame

Legendary: Delvene collaborated with Cornell and Paul Hogan on The Paul Hogan Show, which brought her national fame

Actress: The blonde beauty was also a cast member on the first season of The Young Doctors

Actress: The blonde beauty was also a cast member on the first season of The Young Doctors

The stunner’s big break came when she appeared on The Paul Hogan Show as a regular guest, easily outperforming the other women in the series.

Cornell famously discovered Hogan, and together they wrote and starred on The Paul Hogan Show.

Delvene’s career reached even greater heights after she was cast as nurse JoJo Adams in the first season of The Young Doctors in 1976.

Years later, she would enjoy a brief taste of international fame after appearing on the season five premiere of The Love Boat in 1981, which was at its peak at the time.

Cover girl: She was called 'TV's glamor girl' in the 1970s, and her good looks earned her numerous magazine covers

Cover girl: She was called ‘TV’s glamor girl’ in the 1970s, and her good looks earned her numerous magazine covers

International: Fame game: Delvene appeared on The Love Boat in 1981 (pictured)

Famous: From 1982 to 1986, she was best known as the glamorous co-host on Sale of the Century

Fame game: Delvene appeared in The Love Boat in 1981 (left) and then worked on Sale of the Century in the 1980s (right)

From 1982 to 1986, she was best known as the glamorous co-host of Sale of the Century.

For all her success, Delvene stepped back from the spotlight to focus on being a wife and mother.

She married Cornell in 1977 and the couple had two children together; Allira and Liana.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Cornell died this week at his home in Byron Bay with Delvene by his side.

Family: John and Delene are pictured together on their wedding day with daughters Liana and Allira, and another family member

Family: John and Delene are pictured together on their wedding day with daughters Liana and Allira, and another family member

The industry icon battled Parkinson’s disease for 20 years before passing away at the age of 80.

“John Cornell, a classic Australian character, has made the lives he touched much richer, not only through donations, but also through his generosity, humor, humility and honour,” his family said in a statement.

“A true egalitarian, John sought equality and equality, and fought for a fair chance.”

Cornell started out as a journalist for The Daily News in Perth in the 1960s.

Legacy: Delvene was played by comedian Nikki Osborne (pictured) in the Australian TV miniseries Hoges in 1971

Legacy: Delvene was played by comedian Nikki Osborne (pictured) in the Australian TV miniseries Hoges in 1971

He later became a producer on Nine’s A Current Affair, where he discovered Paul Hogan, who was working as a rigger on the Sydney Harbor Bridge at the time.

He became Hogan’s manager and eventually co-star on The Paul Hogan Show, where he played “Strop.”

From there, he produced and wrote the screenplay for Hogan’s 1986 film, which became the highest grossing Australian film of all time.

Timeless: Delvene is pictured at the 6th AACTA Awards in Sydney in 2016

Timeless: Delvene is pictured at the 6th AACTA Awards in Sydney in 2016

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