Vale, Victoria Longley

A friend told me some very sad news today. That acclaimed Australian actress Victoria Longley passed away a few weeks ago on August 29. She was 49 years old. She succumbed to breast cancer, her second battle with the disease.

Longley was a major talent, appearing in many television, film & stage roles.

After graduating from NIDA in 1984, she was snapped up by the Sydney Theatre Company appearing alongside Judy Davis in “Hedda Gabler”, and as Lady Capulet in “Romeo & Juliet”. I was fortunate enough to see her luminous performance as Tracy Lords in “The Philadelphia Story”.

She won a well deserved  AFI award in 1989 for her supporting performance in the film “Celia”.

Her many credits include the film “The More Things Change”, directed by Robyn Nevin, television series – Wildside, Mercury and All Saints among others, and her acclaimed performance in Edward Albee’s “The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia” – which garnered her a Sydney Theatre award & a Helpmann nomination.

I was lucky enough to work on productions that Victoria appeared in, firstly on the epic Kennedy Miller miniseries “The Dirtwater Dynasty”, on the film “Turtle Beach” and then once more on the film “Talk”.

I remember her as a beautiful tall woman, very elegant and enigmatic. Fun to have a chat with over the lunch table, and very serious and committed to her role.

She will be sadly missed by the Australian entertainment industry and to the public who have enjoyed her many performances.

Victoria with her co-star Rebecca Smart in the movie “Celia”.

Victoria alongside co-star William Zappa in the play “The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia”.

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