SeaChange and Blankety Blanks star Carol Raye dies at age 99


SeaChange and Number 96 star Carol Raye dies at age 99 a week after being given an Order of Australia – as tributes pour in for the British-born actress and producer

Actress and producer Carol Raye has died at the age of 99. 

The British-born star, who was best known for her roles in The Young Doctors, Number 96 and SeaChange, passed away on Sunday night.  

She was a fan-favourite in the 1970s thanks to her appearances on Graham Kennedy’s Blankety Blanks and The Mike Walsh Show.

Actress and producer Carol Raye (pictured) has died at the age of 99

Actress and producer Carol Raye (pictured) has died at the age of 99

The star was a standout on racy soap opera Number 96, in which she played Baroness Amanda von Pappenburg. 

Born in London, England, and beginning her career as a dancer at age 16, Carol was well-known in the UK as a film and theatre star when she emigrated to Australia with her husband, veterinarian Robert Ayre Smith, in 1964. 

Forging a career Down Under as an actress and producer, in 1964 she created and starred in the television series The Mavis Bramston Show. 

The British-born star, who was best known for her roles in The Young Doctors, Number 96 and SeaChange, passed away on Sunday night. Carol is pictured in 1941 making her debut in Fun and Games at the Prince's Theatre

The British-born star, who was best known for her roles in The Young Doctors, Number 96 and SeaChange, passed away on Sunday night. Carol is pictured in 1941 making her debut in Fun and Games at the Prince’s Theatre

She was a fan-favourite in the 1970s thanks to her appearances on Graham Kennedy's Blankety Blanks and The Mike Walsh Show. Carol is pictured in 1944 during the production of the film Strawberry Roan

She was a fan-favourite in the 1970s thanks to her appearances on Graham Kennedy’s Blankety Blanks and The Mike Walsh Show. Carol is pictured in 1944 during the production of the film Strawberry Roan

‘I had just arrived in Australia and I joined Channel Seven as a producer and was told to come up with some ideas for a late night show,’ she told TV Tonight.

‘Seven’s ratings weren’t very good and they wanted to knock off Graham Kennedy. In Melbourne Tonight was a huge success. 

‘I’d just come from England and was very influenced by a show that was a huge success in London, That Was The Week That Was with David Frost. 

Born in London, England, and beginning her career as a dancer at age 16, Carol was well-known in the UK as a film and theatre star when she emigrated to Australia with her husband, veterinarian Robert Ayre Smith, in 1964. Pictured together

Born in London, England, and beginning her career as a dancer at age 16, Carol was well-known in the UK as a film and theatre star when she emigrated to Australia with her husband, veterinarian Robert Ayre Smith, in 1964. Pictured together  

The star was a standout on racy soap opera Number 96 (pictured), in which she played Baroness Amanda von Pappenburg

The star was a standout on racy soap opera Number 96 (pictured), in which she played Baroness Amanda von Pappenburg

Forging a career Down Under as an actress and producer, in 1964 she created and starred in the television series The Mavis Bramston Show

Forging a career Down Under as an actress and producer, in 1964 she created and starred in the television series The Mavis Bramston Show 

‘It was really a journalistic satire. It wasn’t just lots of funny ha-ha jokes. It was political comedy,’ she added. 

Carol was awarded an Order of Australia just a week prior to her death. 

She had three children, including daughters Sally Ayre Smith, who was a producer on SeaChange, and Harriet, who works with the Sydney Theatre Company. 

She had three children, including daughters Sally Ayre Smith, who was a producer on SeaChange, and Harriet, who works with the Sydney Theatre Company. Pictured with her daughters Sally as a baby

She had three children, including daughters Sally Ayre Smith, who was a producer on SeaChange, and Harriet, who works with the Sydney Theatre Company. Pictured with her daughters Sally as a baby

Tributes from fans and colleagues flowed onto Twitter on Monday, with many remembering the one-time household name.

TV citric Andrew Mercado wrote: ‘After that beautiful #Logies In Memorian, a sad addition Carol Raye, star of The Mavis Brampton Show and Blankety Blanks, and Aussie TV’s first female executive, died late last night. 

‘She was as delightful and luminous in real life as she was here in 1974 on Number 96’. 

Tributes from fans and colleagues flowed onto Twitter on Monday, with many remembering the one-time household name

Tributes from fans and colleagues flowed onto Twitter on Monday, with many remembering the one-time household name

Another fan wrote: ‘Remember Carol Raye. So popular in 60’s and 70’s. She was 6 months off 100.’

One more person said: ‘RIP Carol Raye! A one-off, and an Australian TV legend’. 

Someone else chimed in: ‘Oh what times we had. What joy and laughter you gave us. Farewell to the beautiful and talented Carol Raye. I hope it’s a meal flight, darling.’ 

Carol was awarded an Order of Australia just a week prior to her death. She is pictured in a publicity portrait for the film Springtime in 1947

Carol was awarded an Order of Australia just a week prior to her death. She is pictured in a publicity portrait for the film Springtime in 1947

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