TV industry mourns death of veteran comedy actress

2011-09-07 00:00

THE television industry is mourning the death on Monday of veteran actress Gloria Mudau, who succumbed to a long illness in Johannesburg.

Mudau was well known for her comic timing as Louise in the 90s hit comedy Sgudi Snaysi where she starred alongside Joe Mafela, Thembi Mtshali-Jones and the late Daphney Hlomuka.

Mudau also played busybody Sis Pretty in the TV series Khululeka and a cameo role in the SABC 1 hit series Home Affairs.

Creative director and producer Roberta Durrant, who worked with Mudau on all of the 78 episodes of Sgudi Snaysi, said she will be missed.

“Gloria was a unique person, she had a strong personality and big funnybone. In the Sgudi Snaysi family we have lost Mfundusi, FK, uSis May and Louise and it is like losing family members.

“I recall the time we were filming the last episode of Sgudi Snaysi and she had pulled [a muscle in] her back. She acted the whole scene with her back bent and it was funny to watch. The last project that we worked on, which was Home Affairs where she played a cameo role of a community member who steps in as Vuyo is about to be raped, also evokes fond memories.

“We were in the process of raising funds for a new show looking at the lives of the elderly with Mudau in it and she passed on before we could record it,” said Durrant.

Condolence messages to the family of the actress are streaming in on social networks.

Details of funeral arrangements have not been released.

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