Arkie Whiteley

20 Nov 2018
20 Nov 2018
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Arkie Deya Whiteley (6 November 1964 – 19 December 2001) was an Australian actress who appeared in television and films.

Arkie Whiteley’s parents were the renowned Australian artist Brett Whiteley and cultural figure Wendy Whiteley. According to her obituary in The Times newspaper, when living with her parents at the Hotel Chelsea in New York as an infant her babysitter was US blues singer Janis Joplin. Arkie was educated at the prestigious Ascham School in Sydney and an alternative school – The Australian International School at North Ryde, Sydney.

Her television and film work included: A Town Like Alice, Razorback, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Gallowglass, Princess Caraboo, and The Last Musketeer with Robson Green. She also appeared in the television series Prisoner as troubled prostitute/junkie Donna Mason, and in early episodes of A Country Practice.

After her father’s overdose in 1992, she negotiated with the New South Wales government to purchase his studio and run it as a studio museum managed by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

She married her first husband Christopher Kuhn in 1995; they divorced in 1999. She married her second husband Jim Elliott in December 2001, shortly before she died from adrenal cancer on 19 December, aged 37. During her final illness, she was cared for by Paul Rhys.

She was cremated at Northern Suburbs Crematorium, Sydney.Both Arkie’s and Brett Whiteley’s ashes are buried in an undisclosed location in “Wendy’s Secret Garden”.

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