Grace has won our hearts in Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds. That’s why we were so sad to find out that she had passed away before the series went to air.
“We were all deeply saddened when Grace passed away and we hope this series honours her remarkable spirit,” the show’s producers told Mamamia.
It was a privilege having Grace on #OldPeoplesHomeAU. She threw herself into this social experiment with her infectious enthusiasm, which had an impact on everyone she met. We were all deeply saddened when Grace passed away and hope this series honours her remarkable spirit. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/lcqLnCxMxD
— ABC TV + iview (@ABCTV) September 24, 2019
The 89-year-old retired receptionist has come across as one of the most energetic of the elderly residents in the experiment. We saw her exercising outside with the kids, while other residents sat and watched warily.
“Nothing’s impossible, as I showed you when I skipped, and I haven’t skipped in years,” she told Stuart and Eric. “Get with it, boys.”
It was only in last week’s episode we saw her running – yep, actually running – at the sports carnival.
“Grace threw herself into this social experiment with her infectious enthusiasm, which had an impact on everyone she met,” the producers say.
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But we’ve also seen Grace’s vulnerability. Last week on the show, she looked sad as she struggled to bond with the children while baking.
“Children don’t warm to me,” she revealed to the camera. “And I don’t know whether it’s my appearance.”
Grace then told the story of how she fell out of a tree when she was seven, while playing cowboys and Indians with her brother.
“He says, ‘Bang, you’re shot.’ So I let go and I fell down to the ground. I was 25 feet up in the air, and I fell on my face, and my face got smashed up.