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Maria Venuti Regains Consciousness Two Days After Stroke

Australian entertainer Maria Venuti has regained consciousness two days after suffering a stroke in her Sydney home.

The 75-year-old singer and regular on the Sydney social scene regained consciousness on Monday but is not yet able to talk and remains in a critical condition.

The exuberant cabaret performer and actress has been in hospital since having the stroke at her Gladesville home on Saturday morning.

Police have arrested a 38-year-old man allegedly stalking Ms Venuti, who they found carrying flowers and trespassing on her property.

Officers then found Ms Venuti semi-conscious on her bathroom floor after a knock on the front door went unanswered.

Friend Susie Smither, who took over as president of the Australian Ladies Variety Association from Ms Venuti 10 years ago, wrote in a Facebook post on the weekend that Ms Venuti's daughter Bianca was by her mother's side at hospital.

"She's a strong girl, she's very mature," Ms Smither said. "But her mother's her world so she is as well as can be expected."

Ms Smithers said family and friends are "just praying for some kind of good outcome" for the entertainer.

A forensic examination of Ms Venuti's home concluded there was no forced entry to the home or any physical contact between her and the arrested man.

Police said they were called to her home in September when the same man had visited with flowers.

He was detained on Saturday for a mental health assessment but has not been charged.


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