Melbourne socialite and philanthropist Lillian Frank has been remembered for her contribution to the city’s life and culture after she died aged 92.
- Torak’s hairdressers were a staple of the city’s fashion scene.
- She has also raised millions for charity.
- Her daughter remembers her as “an amazing, selfless person.”
Ms Frank’s daughter Jackie Frank announced the news on social media, saying the family had lost “heart and soul” on Friday night.
“She lived to the end with no regrets,” Ms. Frank said.
“She used her charming personality and social status for good and raised millions and millions for charity.
“She had a very public life and what was it like growing up with Lillian Frank as your mother?
“My answer is, she was a mother to us, a nanny to my children and an amazing, selfless human being with the biggest heart in the world.”
Lillian Frank was born in Myanmar (formerly Burma), before her family fled during the Japanese occupation of World War II.
Despite the difficulties her daughter faced, she wrote, “she saw the good in everyone and everything.”
Lillian Frank She settled in Melbourne in the 1950s, setting up the Toorak hairdressing salon and becoming very active in the city’s social scene.
In the year She was Jane Shrimpton’s hairdresser in 1965 when the British model wore a white mini dress.
Ms Frank has sat as a judge at Melbourne’s seasonal fashion events for many years.
A philanthropist, Mrs Frank has been made a Member of the Order of Australia and a Member of the Order of the British Empire for her philanthropic and community work.
‘A big loss for Melbourne’.
Food critic and weekend ABC broadcaster Matt Preston reminded her of her “real passion for life” and adventure.
“[She was] When I started writing about food, the Melbourne scene was a great person to sit down and eat with,” he says.
“This is sad news and my thoughts go out to the whole family and everyone who knew her.
“She’s a big loss for Melbourne.”
Fashion designer Alex Perry was among those paying tribute on social media, writing that the deceased’s charity will “shine on” forever.
Fellow designer Tony Maticzewski remembered her as a “bloody wonder woman” who brought “brightness and a smile to everyone.”