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Monica Maughan

Monica Maughan

(1933 – 2010)

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Monica Maughan

Monica Maughan
(1933 – 2010)

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Monica Maughan

(1933 – 2010)
About Monica
This is a tribute to Monica Maughan who was an Australian actor with notable and well-known roles in film, theatre and television.
She was born Monica Cresswell Wood in Tonga to Australian missionaries Rev. Dr. A. Harold Wood and Dr Olive Wood. She was the older sister of H. D'Arcy Wood. She moved to Melbourne, Australia to study French at the University of Melbourne. She was a member of the Melboune University Dramatic Club where she adopted the stage name Maughan. She made her stage debut opposite Barry Humphries in The Front Page in April 1954. While studying part time she was a secretary at St Ive's Hospital in Melbourne.. She later became a speech teacher at Methodist Ladies' College in Melbourne.
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1971 Maughan won the Melbourne Theatre Award for Best Actress for her role as a pregnant spinster in Donald Howarth's Three Months Gone. Ironically, Maughan was three months pregnant at the end of the play's run.
She has worked for every major theatre company in Australia including Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard and Alan Bennett's Habeas Corpus for the Queensland Theatre Company in 1978 and the role of Aggie in A Hard God produced by the State Theatre Company of South Australia in 1981. Perhaps Maughan's best-known stage role was as Miss Prism in the MTC's "The Importance of Being Earnest". The production, co-starring Geoffrey Rush, was so popular that it toured Australia between 1988 and 1992, and was televised
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by the ABC. In 2003 she starred in Inheritance by Hannie Rayson. Maughan has also directed plays for the MTC.
Early television roles in Crawford's dramas led to ongoing television parts that made Maughan a recognisable face around Australia, including prim secretary Jean Ford in the first year of The Box (1974–75) and downtrodden prisoner Pat O'Connell for five months in women's-prison drama Prisoner in 1979. She received an AFI Award and a Silver Logie Award for her role as Monica McHugh in the ABC's black comedy mini-series, The Damnation of Harvey McHugh (1994).
Her feature films include A City's Child (1971), Strange Bedfellows (2004), Crackerjack (2002) and Road to Nhill (1997), plus a number
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of films by Dutch-Australian director Paul Cox. Her last film role was in Blessed, directed by Ana Kokkinos, in 2009.
Monica Maughan extended her repertoire to include non-dancing roles with the Australian Ballet, including Effie's mother in La Sylphide (2005) and Doreen's mother in The Sentimental Bloke (2002).
Maughan was always coy about her age and many sources gave her year of birth as 1938. When celebrating 50 years of professional acting in 2007, Maughan said she was "20 or 21" on her first acting tour in 1954 and admitted she "always lied about my age".
Maughan married William Essex, then a medical student, in December 1954 with her father, Rev. A.H. Wood, officiating.
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she married Melbourne solicitor Rowland Ball. They had three daughters, Ruth, Susannah and Olivia Ball.
Maughan died from complications from cancer at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne on the 8th January 2010. This is a memorial dedicated to Monica Maughan, her life and her achievements. May she rest in peace.
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Monica Maughan

This is a tribute to Monica Maughan who was an Australian actor with notable and well-known roles in film, theatre and television.
She was born Monica Cresswell Wood in Tonga to Australian missionaries Rev. Dr. A. Harold Wood and Dr Olive Wood. She was the older sister of H. D'Arcy Wood. She moved to Melbourne, Australia to study French at the University of Melbourne. She was a member of the Melboune University Dramatic Club where she adopted the stage name Maughan. She made her stage debut opposite Barry Humphries in The Front Page in April 1954. While studying part time she was a secretary at St Ive's Hospital in Melbourne.. She later became a speech teacher at Methodist Ladies' College in Melbourne.
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