Melbourne socialite and philanthropist dies aged 92

“Doing hair is her love and it’s where she makes a living,” says Jackie. “People got together and he realized that, ‘Hey, I can make a difference here. I can do something’.”

Lillian Frank often told her daughters about their grandmother having locked rooms in their home in India to collect dowries for women who could not afford to marry.

“His mother said to him, ‘charity has to be seen behind closed doors,'” Jackie said. “He got it from his mother.”

Lillian Frank at the 1984 Melbourne Cup.

Lillian Frank at the 1984 Melbourne Cup. Credit:Era,

Fashion designer Alex Perry remembers Frank as “brilliant in real life” and a force in Melbourne fashion through his hairdo and horse racing scenes.

“He was one of those amazing people who was always really energetic,” Perry said.

“[She was] his relentless charity fundraiser, and that is sometimes stymied by the pure joy he has at the Melbourne Cup where he will have the most outrageous of hats.”

Victorian Labor Minister Jaala Pulford said the community stood in solidarity with the Frank family.

“We extend our deepest condolences to them at a very difficult time,” Pulford said on Saturday. “We thank him… his great presence, his great work in business and the community.”

Frank wrote a gossip column for Herald Sun for decades.

Frank is survived by husband Richard, daughters Jackie and Michelle, and grandchildren Ella and Charlie.

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