Carmen Duncan
Carmen Joan Duncan

(1942-07-07)7 July 1942
Died3 February 2019(2019-02-03) (aged 76)
OccupationActress and activist
Years active1960[1]–2019
FamilyPaula Duncan sister

Carmen Joan Duncan (7 July 1942 – 3 February 2019) was an Australian-born stage and screen actress and activist, with a career locally and internationally in the United States that spanned over 50 years.[2]

She was nominated for the AFI Award for Best Actress for the 1980 film Harlequin,[3][4] and was also known for the film Don't Let It Get You.[5] Her other film appearances include Touch and Go (1980) and Turkey Shoot (1982).[4] She played Iris Wheeler in the American soap opera Another World from 1988 to 1994.[4]

Duncan appeared in numerous theatre roles from 1970 and 2015[1]

Early life and career

Duncan was born in Cooma, New South Wales, in 1942.[2] She graduated in 1961 from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney.[3] Duncan was known to Australian audiences as a character actress in television, stage and films, as well as having appeared in television commercials. Her television roles included the series Hunter (1967)[4] and she appeared in the evening soap opera Number 96 playing Helen Sheridan in 1973.[3] A role on the soap Certain Women followed. She later had an ongoing role in Skyways,[4] and guest starred in several episodes of A Country Practice as Terence Elliott's wife, Rowena.[5][2] Her film roles included Turkey Shoot (1982) and its 2014 reboot.[3]

Duncan emigrated to the United States in the 1980s, where she acted on television.[2] From October 1988 to September 1994, she portrayed Iris Carrington Wheeler on the daytime soap opera Another World.[4] Duncan became a member of Actor's Equity in 1962 and the federal council of the Media and Entertainment Arts Alliance.[2]


Duncan retired from acting in 2006 and became a fundraising manager for the GO Fund, a New South Wales charity associated with gynaecological cancer.[4][6] She served as an ambassador for the Breast Care Centre at the Royal Hospital for Women.[4]

Personal life

Duncan lived in Sydney. She had two children. Her younger sister is actress Paula Duncan.[2]

She died on 3 February 2019 from breast cancer, aged 76.[5][2]


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  1. ^ a b AusStage. "Carmen Duncan".
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Idato, Michael (3 February 2019). "Actor Carmen Duncan, 76, dies of cancer". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e Idato, Michael (3 February 2019). "Actor Carmen Duncan, 76, dies of cancer". Canberra Times. Archived from the original on 4 February 2019. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w "Tributes for Australian actress Carmen Duncan after death from cancer". SBS News. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l AAP (3 February 2019). "Carmen Duncan dead at 76". News Pty Limited. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  6. ^ "GO Fund board". GO Fund. 29 August 2007. Archived from the original on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 3 February 2019.