Arkie Deya Whiteley
(6 November 196419 December 2001), was an Australian actress who appeared in television and films.
Arkie Whiteley's parents were the renowned artist Brett Whiteley
and his wife Wendy Whiteley
. According to her obituary in The Times
newspaper, when living with her parents at the Hotel Chelsea
in New York as an infant her babysitter was US blues
singer Janis Joplin
. Arkie was educated at the prestigious Ascham School
in Sydney after attending an alternative school Devonshire Street in Chatswood on the north shore of Sydney.
Her television and film work included: A Town Like Alice
, The Road Warrior
, Princess Caraboo
, plus The Last Musketeer
with Robson Green
. She also appeared in the television series Prisoner
as troubled prostitute/junkie Donna Mason, and in early episodes of A Country Practice
After her father's death in 1992, she negotiated with the New South Wales government to purchase his studio and run it as a studio museum managed by the Art Gallery of New South Wales
She lived with the British actor Paul Rhys
for seven years. She married her first husband Christopher Kuhn in 1995; they divorced in 1999. She married her second husband Jim Elliott in December 2001, shortly before she died from adrenal cancer
on 19 December, aged 37 (on Paul Rhys's birthday). During her final illness, she was cared for by her mother, and her friend and sometimes lover Malcolm Tweedie.