Vale: Penne Hackforth-Jones

PenneRespected actress Penne Hackforth-Jones, best known for her TV roles in All Saints, A Country Practice, Cash and Company, Tandarra and Bellbird, has died, aged 64.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports she died on Saturday, months after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

US born Hackforth-Jones was raised in Australia and made her screen debut in the 1969 TV series Riptide.

Early credits include Bellbird, Number 96, Ryan, Matlock Police, Homicide, Division 4 and leading roles in Seven’s two colonial series Cash and Company and Tandarra.

She made appearances in Young Ramsay, Skyways, The Young Doctors, Holiday Island, Bellamy, Rafferty’s Rules, Mother and Son, Hey Dad!, Bony, A Country Practice, GP, Murder Call, Heroes Mountain, Grass Roots, All Saints, Golden Fiddles, HeadLand, Chandon Pictures, :30 Seconds, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Conspiracy 365 and her final role The Doctor Blake Mysteries.

Many of her roles included eloquent society ladies, but never ones that were over the top.

Film roles included Muriel’s Wedding, Mao’s Last Dancer, Bitter & Twisted, Diana & Me, Paradise Road, Kokoda Crescent, Running on Empty, Alvin Purple,  and Alvin Rides Again.

She also appeared in the 2013 Tropfest winning film We’ve All Been There.

Hackforth-Jones also published a biography of her great-great grandmother, Barbara Baynton: Between Two Worlds.


  1. muscledude_oz

    I remember her doing the ads for the Datsun 120Y in 1975 while Cash & Co and Tandarra were running saying “With the price of petrol nowadays it is tempting to ride a horse all the time” and promoting the car as “The petrol wowser”. My mother traded in her Mazda and bought a 120Y hatchback because of that ad. The car dealership threw in a Yamaha Moto-Bike (an early version of a mountain bike) as well. Years later I was taught to drive on that car.

  2. I remember her from “Cash And Company”
    and all the old shows.
    RIP Penne.
    Thanks for the wonderful memories.
    Condolences to family, friends, fans :(

  3. Carringbush

    Another good one gone. Just loved her in Cash and Co with Serge and Gus. Reading the Herald article, I can see why she had a lot of horse riding scenes.

  4. I was a little tot when I saw her on a country practice, again in Muriel’s Wedding as well as legion of acting roles her presence on screen was always so warm. RIP Penne

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