Australian actress Wendy Hughes has died, aged 61. Hughes, who was one of Australia's most prolific TV and film stars, passed away in Sydney on Saturday (08Mar14). Reports suggest she had been battling cancer before her death. She began her career in theatre before turning to TV and film. She enjoyed parts in Australian movies such as 1978's Newsfront and My Brilliant Career opposite Sam Neill. She found fame internationally with the release of acclaimed drama Lonely Hearts in 1982. Her TV credits include roles in shows such as The Man From Snowy River and Return To Eden. Hughes' former co-star Neill, who went on to find success in Hollywood, has paid tribute to his former colleague, writing in a post on Twitter.com, "Very distressed to hear Wendy Hughes, loveable, outrageous, beautiful, hilarious, talented, utterly gorgeous friend has died..." The Jurassic Park star later added a picture of himself working with Hughes and added, "The very last time we worked together, how sad - never again. That lovely girl."