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Mrs Hruby started Studio J actors' agency in 1969, now run by Jan Vassella.
She has published a book, Dubbo Dazzlers, about her time entertaining soldiers in World War II and is adapting the story for a television series.
Her late husband, Denny, was a professional pianist. "How can they reward someone for doing something she loves doing? I love working with people." Two South Australian premiers who resigned in ignominy are feted in today's honours list.
Transfield projects include the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, Melbourne's City Link and Brisbane's Airtrain.
"I put a film in every year featuring people of an average age of 70," Mrs Hruby says.
"The organisers think it's funny because it's all young people who put in entries." She proudly points out that at 79 she is again the oldest entrant in the annual competition.
This year is her third year entering a film, but she has appeared in others in previous years.
After more than half a century of involvement in the arts and entertainment industry, Mrs Hruby has been recognised with a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the general division.