Melbourne has lost one of its most iconic figures with the death at the age of 92 of socialite, one-time columnist and celebrity hairdresser Lillian Frank.
The grand dame of Melbourne’s social scene and tireless charity worker who passed away on Friday night is remembered as a flamboyant personality who used her social status for good.
Frank’s daughter, Jackie Frank, paid tribute to the social doyenne, saying “yesterday we lost the heart and soul of our family”.
“She lived to the fullest, without any regrets and was eternally grateful,” she wrote on Instagram.
“She saw things through rose-colored glasses. Whatever adversity she faced, and there were many, she saw the good in everything and everyone.
“Forever trying to make a difference in the world. She used her flamboyant personality and social status for good, raising millions and millions for charity.”
Ms Frank said of the old Toorak hair salon owner: “To us she was Mama, to my children Nani and the most spectacular selfless human being in the world with the biggest heart.
“We (heart) you but a piece of our heart will be broken forever. #RIP Lilian.”