Hugh Jackman says it was an honour to have worked with Chrissy Amphlett, who lost her battle with breast cancer at the weekend.

Amphlett died at her home in New York City after a long battle with multiple sclerosis and breast cancer. She was 53.

DEATH OF A LEGEND

The loss of the Divinyls frontwoman has prompted an outpouring of messages from her famous friends and fans.

Amphlett played Judy Garland in the 2006 production of The Boy From Oz alongside Jackman. During this time it seems the rocker left a lasting impression on the actor.

"You were truly one of a rare breed ... courageous, individual and fiercely honest. Love to Charley and all family/friends," the US-based Jackman tweeted on Monday after hearing about Amphlett’s death.

Russell Crowe, who shared the stage with Amphlett in the 1988 musical Blood Brothers, recalled the last time he saw her in Sydney.

"Dear Chrissie, The last time I saw you was in the Botanic Gardens, loving life and reciting verse. That’s how I’ll remember you, your boy, R (sic)," Crowe tweeted.

Australian singer Jessica Origliasso of The Veronicas, mourned the loss of a music icon, tweeting: "I feel blessed to have met such a strong, fierce female, who paved the way for bad-ass rock and roll everywhere, forever."

Hoodoo Gurus’ Dave Faulkner worked with the singer briefly on his solo Antenna album and said he considered himself lucky to have had that opportunity.

"Chrissy’s larger-than-life personality could never be constrained by the professional limitations other people may have tried to put on her," he said.

"She was sassy, funny, gorgeous, brilliant and mercurial but always endearing and one of the most compelling performers Australia has ever produced."

Roxy Music legend Brian Eno, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and rocker Slash are among the stars who have offered tributes to the Australian singer.

Perry used Twitter to send his condolences: "To family and fans, my condolences go out to Chrissy Amphlett of Australia’s rock band the Divinyls."

Eno wrote: "RIP Chrissy Amphlett."

Slash tweeted: "Sad news about the passing of Divinyls' Chrissy Amphlett."

Amphlett was one of Australia’s great female rock voices - a feisty performer who entertained audiences around the globe with her risque image and lyrics.

Amphlett will be remembered for the 1991 hit I Touch Myself, a song that topped the Australian charts and reached No.4 in the US and No.10 in the UK.

More poignantly, she hoped the song would encourage more women to check themselves for breast cancer.

Christina Joy Amphlett was born in Geelong, outside Melbourne, on October 25, 1959.

The cousin of 60s pop icon Little Patti and a natural performer, she left home as a teenager and travelled to Spain where she was imprisoned for three weeks for singing on the streets.

Amphlett formed the Divinyls with former Air Supply musicians Mark McEntee and Jeremy Paul in Sydney in 1980.

Her sexy schoolgirl persona, complete with torn fishnet tights and wild stage antics, gave the band an instant profile and they scored early hits with Boys in Town and Only Lonely.

The Divinyls signed to Chrysalis Records for international distribution and had a string of hits starting with Science Fiction from their Desperate album in 1983.

Four albums followed in What A Life (1985), Tempermental (1988), Divinyls (1991) and Underworld (1996).

Pleasure And Pain became their first international hit, entering the US Billboard chart in 1985, but the big one was I Touch Myself.

The provocative anthem shocked mainstream audiences in the US but went on to become a global hit.

Despite their joint success, Amphlett and McEntee endured a volatile relationship and barely spoke after the band split in 1996.

Amphlett moved to New York with her musician husband Charley Drayton and wrote an autobiography Pleasure and Pain: My Life.

Drayton was a drummer for the Divinyls when they reunited to be inducted in the ARIA Hall Of Fame in 2006.

The band announced a comeback tour and released the single Don’t Wanna Do This, but plans were cut short when Amphlett was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Amphlett was also a successful actor, making her debut in the 1982 film Monkey Grip, which spawned the first Divinyls hits.

An enthusiastic performer, she refused to let her battles with illness block her creative impulses.

She wrote on her Facebook page last year of her determination to win, despite an earlier diagnosis of multiple sclerosis meaning she could not undergo chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

“I have not stopped singing throughout all this in my dreams and to be once again performing and doing what I love to do,” she wrote in March 2012.

“I have been writing the occasional song with a wonderful collaborator Kraig Jarrett and two weeks ago we performed some of those songs in NYC.”

Amphlett vowed then never to be afraid, an attitude she carried through her life.

The West Australian

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