Caroline Laws Wiki – Biography
Caroline Laws, the wife of legendary Australian broadcaster John Laws, has died following a long battle with cancer. “I am lost,” Laws said through a spokeswoman.
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She was 82 years old.
Husband John Laws
Caroline Laws, third wife of broadcaster John Laws whom he called “the princess”, has died at the age of 82 of ovarian cancer at her Woolloomooloo home.
The 84-year-old radio host, said in a statement he was “lost” following the death of his wife of 43 years. Listeners of his hugely popular talkback shows on radio stations 2UE, 2GB and now 2SM, were familiar with the nickname the broadcaster known as Golden Tonsils bestowed on his wife and often muse for his poetry.
“John always adored calling her his ‘princess’,” says friend and regular lunch companion to Mrs Laws, Maggie Tabberer.
“She knew great love, she was a wonderful wife and over many years a fantastic and gracious host…people like me loved to be in her company,” Ms Tabberer said.
ABC chairperson and former Australian Women’s Weekly editor Ita Buttrose said: “John will be devastated. He adored her.”
Born Caroline Cameron Waller, she first met Laws at a North Shore dance in Lindfield in 1951, she was a 14-year-old student attending Abbotsleigh, and he was 16 and a student at nearby Knox Grammar.
She married Dick Hagon, a New Guinea planter, with whom she had four daughters before divorcing, before reuniting with twice divorced Laws, who had four sons and a daughter by his former wives.
They were married in November 1976, with six of the couple’s nine children attending the service at All Saints Church, Woollahra, the same church where she was christened. At the time Laws told The Australian Women’s Weekly: “I loved her the moment I saw her”.
When she moved into his Queen Street Woollahra mansion, Mrs Laws, a keen gardener, redesigned their garden and in 1993 she published a book The Laws of Gardening.
The two went on the become regular fixtures on the Sydney social scene, rarely apart, Mrs Laws declaring in 1986: “We are just as much in love as we ever were. It happened in the beginning like a great clap of thunder. Slow was the last thing it was. That’s my way – very much my way.”
It was the love affair between the two that became so well known, that Masterton Homes, asked them to together design a home they marketed as “the Caroline” house.
The two moved to a home at Woolloomoolloo’s Finger Wharf which Laws bought in 2000, a stone’s throw from their favoured eatery, Otto, where they were regular guests.
“We are all a bit winded with the news of Mrs Laws’ passing,” said John Fink, creative director of the Fink Group which runs Otto.
“Mrs Laws has been a most loved member of the Otto family, holding court at table 53 almost every day for as long as any of us can remember. Our hearts go out to Mr Laws, and her loving daughters,” he said.
It is with a heavy heart, we announce this morning the sad passing of Caroline Laws – beloved wife of legendary Australian broadcaster John Laws.
Vale Caroline Laws – you will be forever loved by all. pic.twitter.com/6IfK9hUewO
— John Laws Show 2SM (@JohnLawsShow2SM) February 23, 2020
Caroline Laws was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2016 after a routine checkup. Caroline Laws’ cause of death was cancer. Caroline Laws died after suffering cancer for several years.
Her death was announced on Monday, February 24, 2020, in a statement during the 2SM radio show that her husband generally presents. The statement said: “It is with great regret, we announce this morning the sad death of Caroline Laws, beloved wife of the legendary Australian announcer John Laws.” The princess, “as John referred to her with love, fought bravely against cancer for several years “.