Penne Hackforth-Jones, one of Australia's most recognisable actors died at the age of 64 after battling lung cancer. Born in 1949 in the US state of Connecticut, she was brought up in Australia. Her first credited role was in the 1969 TV series Riptide. Hackforth-Jones appeared in many well-known Australian television series, including A Country Practice, All Saints and Mother and Son.
She also featured in a number of movies, including Mao's Last Dancer in 2009 and Muriel's Wedding in 1994. Her last appearance was in The Doctor Blake Mysteries.