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Subject: Australian actress Joy Westmore

Dies at 88
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Date Posted: Friday, November 06, 07:57:32am

Australian actress Joy Westmore dies aged 88: Prisoner star known for playing officer Joyce Pringle loses her battle with dementia

Her death was announced on Channel Seven's The Morning Show on Friday.

Joy was best known for playing bespectacled officer Joyce Pringle in the TV show Prisoner - known in Britain and America as Prisoner: Cell Block H - from 1979 to 1986.

She also appeared in other classic Australian soaps like Neighbours, The Sullivans and Blue Heelers.

Some fans may remember Joy from playing Mrs. Blanche White in the popular Cluedo game show in the early '90s.

On Prisoner, Joy's character was a friendly, somewhat dim-witted officer who was often taken advantage of by the prisoners.

In one memorable scene, she was brutally beaten up by villain Eve Wilder.

Another storyline saw Joyce kidnapped by prison thug Lou Kelly, who used her to escape from the facility.

Her character eventually married the prison chef, Mervin Pringle.

Before Prisoner, Joy worked with comedian Barry Humphries and was involved in one of his first sketches featuring his iconic character Dame Edna Everage.

She had regular roles on The Graham Kennedy Show and The Ernie Sigley Show.

Joy got her start in showbusiness in the early 1950s reading commercials for radio.

She previously described herself as 'not very ambitious', preferring instead to focus on raising her four children, Adam, Harriet, Lucy and Emily.

She married her husband, Dr Brian William Westmore, in 1960. He died in January while surrounded by friends and family.


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