A look back at John Cornell and Delvene Delaney's love story

A look back at John Cornell and Delvene Delaney's love story
A look back at John Cornell and Delvene Delaney's love story

Aussie icon John Cornell passed away this week with his beloved wife Delvene Delaney by his side.

Delvene, just like her husband, has an impressive career and legacy in the Australian entertainment industry.

The Queensland-born beauty, now aged 69, got her start in showbiz as a teen model before working as a weather girl in Brisbane and Melbourne.

Icon: Aussie icon John Cornell passed away this week with his beloved wife Delvene Delaney by his side. (Pictured together in 2006)

Icon: Aussie icon John Cornell passed away this week with his beloved wife Delvene Delaney by his side. (Pictured together in 2006)

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After that, she moved to London for a short while where she worked as a bunny in the famous Playboy Club.

At the time, she was offered $5000 to pose as a centerfold in the magazine, but knocked it back to return to Australia to focus on her acting career.  

Back home, she landed a few small gigs, before being picked up as the host of the short-lived game show High Rollers in 1975.

Flashback: The Queensland-born beauty, now aged 69, got her start in showbiz as a teen model before working as a weather girl in Brisbane and Melbourne

Flashback: The Queensland-born beauty, now aged 69, got her start in showbiz as a teen model before working as a weather girl in Brisbane and Melbourne

Glamour: Delvene was arguably one of the biggest Australian sex symbols of the 1970s

Glamour: Delvene was arguably one of the biggest Australian sex symbols of the 1970s

It was the exposure from High Rollers that led to her being discovered by Cornell, who quickly became her manager and then lover. 

'I'm not in the business of manufacturing performers,' Cornell said in 1975 when asked about Delaney's then budding showbiz career. 

'Either they have it, or they don't. Delvene does,' he added.

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Legendary: Delvene worked alongside Cornell and Paul Hogan on The Paul Hogan Show, which shot her to national fame

Legendary: Delvene worked alongside Cornell and Paul Hogan on The Paul Hogan Show, which shot her to national fame

Actress: The blonde beauty was also a cast member on the first season of The Young Doctors

Actress: The blonde beauty was also a cast member on the first season of The Young Doctors

The stunner's big break came when she joined The Paul Hogan Show as a regular guest, easily outshining the

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