'Home and Away' stars pay tribute to the late Cornelia Frances

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Cornelia Frances, whose sharp-tongued villainous characters on Australian TV made her a household and worldwide name, has died.

Meagher said: "Cornie was an incredibly loved and valued member of our cast over many, many years. Despite all this, I am still here, as the old song goes". "I will miss you Corn, we all will", she said.

Two years later she was cast as Morag Bellingham in Home and Away - a role she played on-and-off for nearly 25 years.

The 73-year-old told the Daily Telegraph: "We had a moment of silence for her on set this morning and she'll be sadly missed by both cast and crew".

A spokeswoman for Channel Seven, which broadcast numerous programs Frances appeared in, said she had "inspired a generation of actors".

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"I worked with Cornelia for many years", McGranger said.

In January, the Liverpool-born television legend revealed that she had been diagnosed with cancer 12 months earlier.

The veteran actor recently celebrated her 77th birthday from her hospital bed in April.

Frances is survived by her son Lawrence Eastland, who yesterday shared a touching photo of his "peaceful" mother.

Frances' Home and Away co-stars have been paying tribute to her following the news of her death.

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"This gift was coupled with an ability to bring a sense of dignity and presence into each room she entered".

Frances' career spanned some 47 years, beginning with a role on the short-lived 1970 drama Dynasty, and growing to include credits on just about every notable Australian TV show of the 70s, 80s, and 90s, including The Young Doctors, Homicide, Division 4, Kingswood Country, Sons & Daughters, Prisoner, and The Ferals. "She will be sorely missed by all of her many friends".

She made a surprise comeback in 2001 as the judge presiding over the infamous Dani Sutherland vs.

At the time, she said she would love to return to Summer Bay and reprise her role as Morag.

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