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TV pioneer Dolly Dyer dies

AUSTRALIAN television pioneer Dolly Dyer has died.

Mrs Dyer will be remembered as the charming side-kick to her husband Bob Dyer on Pick-a-Box, the highly successful TV program that ran from 1957 to 1971, racking up a total of 900 shows.

She died of a stroke in a nursing home at Gympie on Christmas Day and was buried in a private service on the Gold Coast on December 30.

A teenage Sydney Tivoli showgirl during World War II, Dolly Mack fell in love with a visiting American comedian billed as 'The Last of the Hillbillies', Bob Dyer.

They married, bought a home in Sydney and in 1948 produced Pick-a-Box on radio.

The show later made the transition to television.

In the 1950s and '60s, the Dyers' BP Pick-a-Box was one of the best rating television programs in Australia.

In 1971, they walked away from television and retired in Queensland, where Mr Dyer concentrated on his first love fishing.

But before they retired they were given a special Gold Logie to mark their contribution to the industry over 15 years.

Mr Dyer died in 1984 and Dolly remained out of the spotlight living for most of the time on the Gold Coast before moving to Gympie.

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