CLARKE POR­TRAYS THE QUIET ACHIEVER

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS -

SHE was ar­guably the found­ing mem­ber of Aus­tralia’s First Wives Club, but Jus­tine Clarke be­lieves Noe­lene Ho­gan was the un­sung hero in Ho­ges: The Paul Ho­gan Story.

Clarke (be­low with Josh Law­son), who plays the mother-of-five and Ho­gan’s high-school sweet­heart in Chan­nel Seven’s two-part tele­movie, says Noe­lene is of­ten over­looked as the force be­hind Ho­gan.

The cou­ple had been mar­ried for 13 years when Ho­gan made his TV de­but.

“The do­mes­tic pres­sures were al­ways off him be­cause of Noe­lene,” Clarke told TVGuide. “It was still his job to go out and work. I think he was re­ally lucky to have her.” When the Croc­o­dile

Dundee ac­tor left his wife for his co-star Linda Koslowski, the split was de­scribed as the ugli­est di­vorce in Aussie history.

Clarke praised her dig­nity dur­ing such a dif­fi­cult time.

Play­ing the du­ti­ful wife may not con­nect with con­tem­po­rary au­di­ences, but Clarke said: “It was a sim­pler time … when life was a lit­tle bit eas­ier, not so com­pli­cated and the fact we can all sit back and watch it to­gether is what makes it event tele­vi­sion.”

HO­GES: THE PAUL HO­GAN STORY

CON­CLUDES TONIGHT, 8.30PM, SEVEN

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