Born in 1949 in the US state of Connecticut, she was brought up in Australia.
Her first credited role was in the 1969 TV series Riptide.
Hackforth-Jones appeared in many well-known Australian television series, including A Country Practice, All Saints and Mother and Son.
She also featured in a number of movies, including Mao's Last Dancer in 2009 and Muriel's Wedding in 1994.
In the latter, Hackforth-Jones shines in a memorable exchange with Rachel Griffiths.
Playing a bridal shop manger who is helping Muriel try on a wedding dress, Hackforth-Jones tells wheelchair-bound Rhonda (Griffiths): "You can't come in here and threaten brides. I don't care how unfortunate you are."
Her last appearance was in ABC1's The Doctor Blake Mysteries.
Hackforth-Jones also wrote a biography of her great-great grandmother, Barbara Baynton: Between Two Worlds.
Barbara Baynton was a novelist and writer, famous for her short stories published under the title Bush Studies.
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