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‘Prisoner’ actress Betty Bobbitt dies at 81 following a ‘major stroke’ 

Beloved Prisoner actress Betty Bobbitt dies at 81 after a ‘major stroke’… as her son reveals the Crocodile Dundee star was ‘peaceful and in no pain’

Beloved Prisoner actress Betty Bobbitt has died ‘peacefully’ at the age of 81 following a ‘major stroke’, her family have revealed. 

The Australian-American actress, who was a founding cast member of Prisoner and played lesbian character Judy Bryant, had spent five nights in palliative care in hospital before passing away on Monday.

Her son, Christopher Hill, delivered the tragic news on Facebook, writing: ‘Sadly Mum passed away this morning at 10:20 am after 5 nights in hospital.

The passing of an icon: Beloved actress Betty Bobbitt (right) has died at the age of 81 following a ‘major stroke’, her family revealed

‘She was peaceful and in no pain. Thank you for your support and apologies if I can’t respond to everyone but I will try. I will post more later.’

He had revealed on Wednesday that she had suffered the stroke, writing: ‘We are hugely devastated and struggling to come to terms with such a sudden event. 

‘My mum has been a legend, an inspiration, a mentor and icon for so many. 

A legend: In her career, Betty also starred alongside Paul Hogan in three of the Crocodile Dundee films, and also starred in TV shows such as A Country Practice, All Saints and Blue Heelers

A legend: In her career, Betty also starred alongside Paul Hogan in three of the Crocodile Dundee films, and also starred in TV shows such as A Country Practice, All Saints and Blue Heelers

‘She is comfortable and not in any pain that we can tell, but the prognosis is not good. She is not expected to recover.’

Betty had played the iconic Judy from 1980 to 1985, making her one of the show’s longest-running characters.

She was originally only offered a 13 week role, but ended up featuring on the series for 430 episodes.  

Touching: Her son Christopher said 'my mum has been a legend, an inspiration, a mentor and icon for so many'. Pictured with actress Colette Mann

Touching: Her son Christopher said ‘my mum has been a legend, an inspiration, a mentor and icon for so many’. Pictured with actress Colette Mann

Betty was born in Manhattan, New York, in 1939, before moving to Los Angeles at the age of 18 to pursue her dream career in acting.

But in 1962, she headed Down Under for what was supposed to be a ‘six month stay’ – but never left.

In her career, Betty also starred alongside Paul Hogan in three of the Crocodile Dundee films, and also starred in TV shows such as A Country Practice, All Saints and Blue Heelers.

She also appeared as a guest role in Neighbours in 2019, where she was reunited with her Prisoner co-star Colette Mann. 

She is survived her husband, artist Robin Hill, and their son, Christopher. 

Following her dreams: Betty was born in Manhattan, New York, in 1939, before moving to Los Angeles at the age of 18 to pursue her dream career in acting. But in 1962, she headed Down Under for what was supposed to be a 'six month stay' - but decided never to leave

Following her dreams: Betty was born in Manhattan, New York, in 1939, before moving to Los Angeles at the age of 18 to pursue her dream career in acting. But in 1962, she headed Down Under for what was supposed to be a ‘six month stay’ – but decided never to leave

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