Penny Cook has died at age 61: A Country Practice star is dead-end fans

adminDecember 27, 2018

Australian TV Legend Penny Cook has died after a fight with cancer.

The A Country Practice the star died overnight, her family said in a statement from the management company.

Cook's family said their "beloved partner, mother, daughter, sister and dear friend" died peacefully.

"The family wants to express their thanks for all messages about the condolence forwarded to them," they said.

Cook was first on Australian TV screens in the soap series The Restless Years.

She then played veterinarian Vicky Bowen in A Country Practice from 1981 to 1985, starring in 300 episodes.

The multiple Logie prize winner was also known for his work on Australian drama The Flying Doctors, and spent several years as a presenter The Great Outdoors.

media_cameraPenny Cook in 1983 on the set of A Country Practice. Photo: Channel 7
media_cameraCook played Vicky the Vet on the show.

Last year, the actor said she was most recognized for her role as Vicky the Vet.

But she said people also stopped her because they were convinced they knew her from school.

She told me The Wentworth Courier She found these people just as endearing as those who got it right, and was still very grateful for the show that jet-driven her into the limelight in her early 20s.

Cook stayed close to friends with her Easter husband Grant Dodwell, who attended her surprise 60th birthday in Paddington last year.

Last, she played Carol Little in ABC's hospital drama Pulse and came back to the big screen in the Aussie comedy The merger, released in August.

Pulse was her first major television role after several years.

"What I loved about the show was what gave me confidence in me," she said The Wentworth Courier.

"I came home to the family one day and said," I just knew I know things! "As you forget."

Cook leaves behind her daughter Poppy and her husband David Lynch.

media_cameraCook with her daughter Poppy Lynch in 2015 applauds her father actor David Lynch who is the star of the play. Photo: Robin Amadio

In recent times, she has taken care of her aging mother before she died and looked over her mother-in-law with dementia.

In her host roles, she has worked with former US President Bill Clinton and Prince Charles.

She told me Starting at 60 She considered being called Vicky as an "honor mark".

"I don't understand how in the world they would recognize me because I look far different, but the voice is the same," she said.

"It's fun when they come up and say how much they loved the show because we loved it too."

media_cameraThe case of The Great Outdoors, Bridget Adams, Ernie Dingo, Penny Cook, Ann-Maree Biggar and Frankie J Holden.
media_cameraCook and Les Daymon in a scene from the Channel 7 series All Saints.

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