Lynette Margaret Bower
11 April 1943
|Died||25 January 2010 (aged 66)|
Daylesford, Victoria, Australia
|Occupation||Television producer, television writer|
Bower was 18 years old and living in London when she got her breakthrough into television. She was an assistant to the general manager of The Australian Ballet who were then travelling through Europe and were due to travel on to the United States, somewhere that Bayonas didn't want to go.
Whilst working in London, Bayonas heard of a job coming up with Citizen Kane creator Orson Welles. She agreed to meet Welles when he was making Casino Royale with Peter Sellers, Bayonas told him how she wasn't enjoying her job at the Australian Ballet and Welles invited her to Spain immediately. While working in Spain she met her future husband, Luis Bayonas, a writer, art director and assistant director.
Bayonas' first job was taking notes for the film that Welles was working on at the time. Bayonas admitted that working with Welles taught her about flexibility in storytelling and turned her against many writing courses that she felt were structured.
After meeting her husband in Spain, Bayonas wanted to return to Australia, and Crawford Productions allowed her to do that by appointing her as script editor and writer on shows Homicide, Division 4, The Box and The Sullivans. In the 1980s she started work on A Country Practice, the programme that later allowed her sister Susan Bower to break into television writing.
Beginning in 1994, Bayonas lived in Los Angeles, California for six years, writing for Paramount Pictures. During her time in Los Angeles, she worked on programmes such as Sunset Beach and Prime Time. In 2000, Bayonas decided to return to Australia and began work on television programmes such as The Saddle Club, The Secret Life of Us and Lawrence of Arabia. In 2008, just as the third series of The Saddle Club finished production, cancer took hold of Bayonas meaning that this was Bayonas' last work before her death from cancer in January 2010.
|Writer||Quality of Mercy||1975|
|Producer||The Nargun and the Stars||1980|
|Script Consultant||Hector's Bunyip||1986|
|Writer/Creator||Willing and Abel||1987|
|Writer||A Country Practice||1994|
|Producer||The Saddle Club||2001–08|
It was announced on 25 January 2010 that Bayonas had died following a long battle with cancer. She was 66 years old. The Australian soap opera Neighbours, of which Bayonas's sister Susan Bower is an executive producer, marked Bayonas's death at the end of their episode broadcast on 25 January 2010 with a title card as the credits rolled.
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