Veteran actress and Prisoner star Mary Ward dies ‘peacefully’ at age 106

Veteran actress and Prisoner star Mary Ward dies ‘peacefully’ at age 106










Mary Ward has passed away at the age of 106.

The veteran actress, best known for her role as ‘Mama’ in the Australian crime drama Prisoner, died ‘peacefully’ in a BlueCross retirement home.

Her cousin Mark Breheny said: TV tonight, the Mary family would visit regularly until lockdown restrictions were enforced.

Veteran actress and Prisoner star Mary Ward (pictured) has died ‘peacefully’ aged 106

“She led a remarkable life and spent her last years with much love and support from family and friends,” he said.

“Not to mention the occasional Prisoner fan, many of whom still wrote to her.”

Born on March 6, 1915, Mary is best known for her role in the late 1970s/early 1980s drama Prisoner.

She then appeared as ‘Dee’ in the 1980s drama Sons and Daughters, which spanned six decades in an acting career.

The veteran actress, best known for her role as 'mother' in the Australian crime drama Prisoner, died 'peacefully' in a BlueCross aged care facility

The veteran actress, best known for her role as ‘mother’ in the Australian crime drama Prisoner, died ‘peacefully’ in a BlueCross aged care facility

Mary has also appeared in a slew of iconic Australian TV shows, including A Country Practice, The Henderson Kids, Neighbors and Blue Heelers.

‘I really enjoyed acting. But I’ve put my acting days behind me and I’m enjoying my retirement,” she said the senior in June 2017.

Mary experienced two world wars and now two global pandemics, after she was a child during the Spanish flu, which lasted from 1918 to 1920.

Iconic: Mary has also appeared in a slew of iconic Australian TV shows, including A Country Practice, The Henderson Kids, Neighbors and Blue Heelers

Iconic: Mary has also appeared in a slew of iconic Australian TV shows, including A Country Practice, The Henderson Kids, Neighbors and Blue Heelers

She attended boarding school as a teenager and even befriended a young Lang Hancock, who became one of Australia’s most successful iron ore tycoons.

After studying acting in Perth, Mary moved to London in her early twenties to continue her career, taking a job teaching elocution.

Mary returned to Australia at the start of World War II, becoming ABC’s first female announcer.

During this time she was nicknamed “Forces Sweetheart,” reading letters and playing music requests for the soldiers stationed in the Pacific.

Mary lived through two world wars and now two global pandemics, after she was a child during the Spanish flu, which lasted from 1918 to 1920

Mary lived through two world wars and now two global pandemics, after she was a child during the Spanish flu, which lasted from 1918 to 1920

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