Pat Thomson

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Patricia (also known as Pat) Elizabeth Thomson, (born 7 September 1940 in London, England - 18 April 1992 in Sydney, Australia), was an Australian television and film actress.

She was best known for her role as Shirley Hastings, the over-zealous, pretentious mother of Scott Hastings in the film Strictly Ballroom, written and directed by Baz Luhrmann

Thomson died of an aneurism on 18 April 1992 in Sydney, Australia, missing the premiere of her last movie, Strictly Ballroom.[1] In the same year, she posthumously won the AFI award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Strictly Ballroom.


  1. ^ Baz Luhrmann (Director/co-Writer) (2002). Audio Commentary from Strictly Ballroom (DVD). Miramax. 

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