Judy Davis and Wendy Hughes

Actresses Judy Davis, left, and Wendy Hughes on the set of the 1979 movie "My Brilliant Career." (Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images / January 1, 1979)

Wendy Hughes

Australian actress dies at 61

Wendy Hughes, 61, an Australian actress best known to American audiences for her performance in the 1979 film "My Brilliant Career," died of cancer Saturday in Sydney, her family said.

Hughes began her rise to stardom during a renaissance in the Australian film industry in the 1970s and '80s, beginning with "My Brilliant Career," in which she played Aunt Helen to the headstrong heroine portrayed by Judy Davis. The film swept the Australian Film Institute awards and in the U.S. was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe.

Her other notable films include "Careful, He Might Hear You" (1983), which brought Hughes a best actress award from the Australian Film Institute; "Lonely Hearts" (1982); and "An Indecent Obsession" (1985).

On television she appeared opposite Pierce Brosnan in the 1989 HBO movie "The Heist;" played Jacqueline Kennedy's mother, Janet Lee Bouvier, in the Emmy-winning miniseries "A Woman Named Jackie" (1991); and in 1993 had a recurring role as Dr. Carol Blythe in the NBC series "Homicide: Life on the Street."

She also played Lt. Cmdr. Neala Daren on an episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," a continuation of the original "Star Trek" television series. "I loved being beamed up!" she told the Sun Herald of Sydney in 2001.

Hughes was born in Melbourne on July 29, 1952. Initially drawn to ballet, she turned to theater when she realized that she was not cut out to be a dancer. A graduate of Australia's prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art, she worked in repertory in Melbourne before she began to land juicy parts, including the role of Maggie in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."

William Hauck

Longtime Cal State trustee dies at 73

William Hauck, 73, a prominent business and political figure who served longer than any other member of the California State University board of trustees, died Friday at a hospital in Roseville after a long battle with brain cancer, officials said.

Hauck, a resident of St. Helena in Napa Valley, was chairman of the Cal State board's finance committee, where he was instrumental in guiding the nation's largest four-year university system through a bruising period of state funding cuts, class reductions and tuition hikes.

Hauck led search committees for campus presidents at Sacramento, San Jose and San Diego and in 2012 chaired the panel that appointed Cal State Chancellor Timothy P. White, who succeeded former Chancellor Charles B. Reed.

Hauck was appointed to the board in 1993 by former Gov. Pete Wilson and served as chairman from 1998 to 2000. He was an alumnus of San Jose State University and a former president of the California State Student Assn.

He served on several committees focused on student achievement and in 2010 endowed the Trustee William Hauck Scholarship, awarded to a San Jose State student in recognition of academic performance, personal accomplishment and service to the community.

Hauck was born Aug. 20, 1940, in Topeka, Kan., and lived in Salt Lake City and New Jersey. He graduated from Burlingame High School in Northern California and attended the College of San Mateo before transferring to San Jose State, where he earned a bachelor's degree in social science in 1963.

Hauck held a number of positions in state government and was a close advisor to leaders of both parties, serving as deputy chief of staff for the Republican Gov. Wilson and chief of staff for former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown Jr., a Democrat. He also directed the Assembly Office of Research.

He served as president and chief executive of the California Business Roundtable and in 2011 joined the Sacramento public relations firm Goddard Claussen/West (now Redwood Pacific) as a senior advisor.

S. Lee Pogostin

TV and film writer and director dies at 86