Australian actress Wendy Hughes was trained as a ballerina before attending the National Institute of the Dramatic Arts. After several seasons with the Melbourne Theatre Company, Hughes emerged as one of the leading lights of so-called "New Australian Film" movement. She was nothing less than brilliant as the mother of Judy Davis in Gillian Armstrong's My Brilliant Career (1979); she followed this triumph with starring roles in Lonely Hearts (1981) and Careful He Might Hear You (1983), winning the Australian equivalent of the Oscar for her work in the last-named film. She has also dabbled in screenwriting, as witness 1989's Luigi's Ladies. Her television work has included the miniseries Amerika (1987) and A Woman Called Jackie (1991), and the role of Kate McGregor on the weekly Snowy River: The McGregor Saga (1993- ) Wendy Hughes is married to producer Patrick Juillet.