Former presenter PAT LOVELL,with Mr Squiggle in 1962.

Former presenter Pat Lovell with Mr Squiggle in 1962.

Patricia Lovell, the movie producer behind Australian classics Gallipoli and Picnic at Hanging Rock but better known to children of the '60s and early '70s as Miss Pat from the TV show Mr Squiggle, has died aged 83.

News Ltd websites report Lovell died on Saturday from liver cancer with her children, son Simon and daughter Jenny, by her side.

Lovell began her career in radio and television and apart from Mr Squiggle also appeared in the original TV version of Beauty and the Beast.

She became the anchorwoman for the early morning Sydney Today Show in 1969, where she later met director Peter Weir who went on to direct the Australian Film Institute (AFI) award-winning films Gallipoli and Picnic at Hanging Rock.

Lovell also produced the critically-acclaimed films Break of Day and Monkey Grip.

From 1996 to 2003 she worked as Head of Producing at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.

Lovell was awarded an MBE and Order of Australia and also received the Raymond Longford Award from the Australian Film Institute in 2004 for her work.

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