Trisha Noble, best known for her pop successes and role in the Star Wars prequel films, has died at age 76.
The Award-winning Australian singer and actress left us just days before her 77th birthday. According to UK trade Daily Mail, Noble passed on January 23 “after an 18-month battle with mesothelioma.” The tumor is said to have been the result of Noble inhaling asbestos fibers.
As a pop star, Trisha Noble would score several hit songs in the 1960s. Much later in her career, she would film for two of the three Star Wars prequel films: Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) and Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005). Within, she would play Jobal Naberrie, mother to Natalie Portman’s Queen turned Senator, Padmé Amidala. Unfortunately, Noble’s scenes did not make the final cut of Episode II. They are, however, available as extras on home media, and online. She is, however, prominently featured in the funeral scene of Portman’s Padmé in Episode III.
In addition, Trisha Noble held notable roles in a string of British comedies. Her portrait above was captured during one such film, ‘Carry On Camping,’ in October of 1968.
Remembering Trisha Noble
A remarkable talent and beauty, Trisha Noble was born February 3, 1944 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The daughter of singer and dancer Helen De Paul and Australian comedian Clarence ‘Buster’ Noble, Trisha would grow up in Marrickville, Sydney. There, she would begin her Australian career under the name Patricia Ann Noble. Quickly, she became a regular on the Australian music variety television show Bandstand.
Performing her own songs, such as “Busy Lips” and “Good Looking Boy,” Noble became a smash hit with viewers. As a result, a highly successful Australian pop career was not far behind.
Catapulting with her Bandstand songs, Noble would win ‘Best Female Singer of the Year’ at the Logie Awards in 1961. Equivalent to winning a Grammy or Emmy stateside, the singer would net a two-year contract with Columbia Records in the UK shortly after.
There, she would begin her acting career in earnest. Timeless roles in films like ‘Carry on Camping,’ ‘Danger Man,’ and ‘Death of a Woman’ put her name on the map.
From the UK, Noble would move to America in 1967 and change her name to Trisha Noble. With it, she was cast in high-profile projects such as classic sitcom ‘Columbo,’ and ‘Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.’ At the turn of the century, she would be cast in the Star Wars prequels by Lucasfilm.
Afterward, Noble would return to her home country of Australia in 2007. There, she began a career revival in theatre, starring in Sydney’s mainstage production of Pippin. She would continue starring in major Australian theatre productions up until her last years of life.
Our condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Trisha Noble during this difficult time.
The actress and singer’s death comes after a string of Hollywood losses in early 2021:
- ‘Saved By The Bell’ Actor Dustin Diamond Dead at 44 From Cancer
- Actress Cloris Leachman Passes Away at Age 94
- Hal Holbrook, Legendary Oscar-Nominated Actor, Dead at 95
- Larry King Dead at 87