Dee Bliss Madeleine
Dione 'Dee' Rebecchi (née Bliss) 2000-2003
Parents: John and Magda Bliss
Marital Status: Darren Turner (1997; dissolved), Toadfish Rebecchi (2003)
Family Tree: Bliss
Occupation: Nurse at Erinsborough & District Hospital
Died: 2003 (presumed)
Bliss was born in Caroombin, Tasmania on July 31st 1979. A
kind and caring nurse with a wicked sense of humour, Dione
met Joel Samuels and Toadie
Rebecchi while out for dinner with her friend, Vanessa Bradshaw.
When she introduced herself to Joel, who was claiming to be
a famous Argentinian soccer player, she told him that she
and Vanessa were from a wealthy background. Unfortunately,
the truth came out after a disastrous dinner at Lanzini's,
but Joel wasn't about to give up. When Dione's sister, Cecile,
turned up at Number 30 with a group of friends looking for
calendar hunk Joel, Dione came to pick her up. Joel talked
her into going on a date with him and they agreed on complete
honesty from then on.
few weeks later, Dione's friend Carrie Clark returned to Erinsborough
after spending some time abroad. While Dee thought that things
were finally working between her and Joel, she didn't realise
that Joel and Carrie were secretly seeing each other. Joel
was trying to decide which friend he preferred, but the decision
was suddenly made when Dee caught her boyfriend and her best
friend kissing in the pool at Number 30. Carrie left town,
while Joel was quickly dumped.
was devastated and began harrassing Dione with phone calls.
She reluctantly started to see him again, but he found it
difficult to trust her, first when he saw her with her colleage
Dr. Marcus Stevens, leading to them taking another break.
However, they couldn't just be friends and soon got back together.
Their relationship was tested again when Joel's father, Bernie,
came to stay. Dee quickly got tired of Bernie's flirting and
lecherous attitude and was forced to tell Joel the truth about
his father. Joel found this difficult to face up to, but soon
saw what his father was really like.
after, Dee's ex-boyfriend, Max Crawford, came to town. Joel
tried very hard not to be jealous. First, Toadie found out
that Max was trying to win Dee back by moving in with her,
then Joel tried to matchmake Max with Steph
Scully, in order to get rid of him. When Dee found out,
she warned Steph off and later shared a passionate kiss with
Max. However, Dee's guilt got too much for her and she admitted
it all to Joel. They managed to patch things up and agreed
not to get jealous anymore.
a misunderstanding with Tess,
Joel thought that Dee wanted commitment and proposed to her.
At first, she thought it was a joke, but when she realised
he was serious, she turned it to her advantage, leading to
a series of practical jokes between the couple. Dione managed
to terrify Joel when she started craving commitment and wanted
to marry as soon as possible. Joel got his revenge by getting
a fake tattoo, claiming it was real and a sign of his love.
This backfired when Dee decided she wanted to get a matching
one, with Joel only admitting the truth when they got to the
also developed a frosty relationship with another Ramsay Street
resident. When Dee bad-mouthed Libby's
gynaecologist, Karl was furious
as Libby already had enough to worry about. He confronted
Dione, who in turn called him a typical, arrogant doctor.
To disprove this myth, Karl invited Dee to join him in some
fund-raising, and Dee came up with the idea of Wigs for Kids.
Everyone was sponsored to wear a funny wig for the day, raising
money for important surgical equipment.
the practical jokes continued. Joel was aware of how seriously
Dee took her painting and so arranged for his friend Mal
Kennedy to get in contact from England pretending to be
a distant relative from the UK, interested in her art. Dione
was extremely excited, thinking she was on the verge on international
recognition, so when she learnt it was all a joke, she was
devastated. Even Lance and Toadie were horrifed with what
Joel had done, and once again, Dione and Joel split up.
was surprised to find out that Tess' new housemate at Number
32 was none other than Dione. Dee was quick to strain her
friendship with Tess when she started leaving the house in
a mess and inviting her nursing friends back at all hours.
Likewise, Tess got off to a bad start by accidentally breaking
Dee's Ganesh elephant idol. Tess almost threw Dione out on
a number of occasions, but they eventually managed to learn
to live together.
life started heading in a new direction when Susan's nephew,
Dr. Darcy Tyler, arrived in
Erinsborough. While she was lusting after Darcy, she also
noticed how close Joel was becoming to Felicity
Scully, particularly at the debutante ball. While Dee
tried to fight her attraction to Darcy, it became more and
more difficult and after a date at the fundraising ball, they
started seeing each other. Dee was made aware of Darcy's ex-girlfriend,
Alice Jamison, and Darcy painted a picture of her as cold
and manipulative. When Alice turned up in Ramsay Street, it
became clear that there was more to the story, but Darcy decided
to go back to the country, leaving Dione devastated.
decided to put Darcy behind her, throwing herself into the
single life with housemate Tess. But everything was thrown
into chaos once again when Philip
Martin decided to sell Number 32. At first, Dee and Tess
thought they could buy the house themselves, but when the
day of the auction came, they were outbid by Evan
Hancock. Dee swallowed her pride and accepted Lance's
old room at Number 30, living alongside her ex-boyfriend,
Joel, who was now seeing Flick. Not long after, Darcy returned
to Ramsay Street, leaving Dee even more confused. Darcy insisted
things were over for him and Alice and then he was offered
a job in Perth, meaning Dione had to decide whether she wanted
him to stay. At the last minute, she realised she had feelings
for him, so they started seeing each other after a passionate
kiss in the surgery.
a few problems, including a warning about Darcy from Alice,
Dione and Darcy settled into a happy relationship. Meanwhile,
Joel wanted Flick to come and stay with them and Dee reluctantly
agreed. However, Flick wasn't a very good housemate, ruining
the cooker in the process and Dione was furious. Dee's problems
continued to escalate when she left the pool gate open and
Lolly Carpenter wandered
in, fell in the pool and almost drowned. Dione admitted what
had happened to Lou, who was
just relieved that Lolly was okay. The incident also led to
Leo Hancock confiding in Dee
after it reminded him of a similar incident in his childhood,
when his sister, Francesca, drowned.
all this was going on, Dione didn't realise how close Darcy
was getting to her ex-housemate, Tess. The pair of them began
an affair, while Dee was confused as her old friend, Tess,
began to act oddly, putting their friendship under strain.
Dee was also unaware that Darcy was plotting to sell Karl's
surgery and turn it into a superclinic. Realisation finally
came for Dione when she arrived at the fishing competition
looking for Darcy. When she eventually found him, she was
shocked to see him in his car kissing Tess. Dee slipped away,
furious, but she decided to bide her time. While the Kennedys
and various other neighbours were in the pub celebrating Darcy's
partnership at the surgery, Dione tipped a glass of champagne
over his head and announced Darcy and Tess' betrayal to everyone.
Susan was furious with Dee, whie Tess felt terrible over what
had happened. Dione found unexpected sympathy with Joel and
realised she was still attracted to him. Now that Joel's relationship
with Flick was over, Dee started spending more time with him,
all the time feeling more and more bitter over Darcy and Tess.
a singles night, Dione met Victor McMillan, Darcy's friend
who was part of the plan to take over the surgery. As Dee
learnt of Darcy's plans, she agonised over telling Tess, who,
much to Dee's disgust, was planning to marry Darcy. In a last
ditch attempt to convince Tess, Dee contacted Alice, who had
always warned everyone about Darcy. Alice contacted Tess,
who decided she had to leave town, but called in on Dione
on her way and the two friends finally patched up their differences.
Dee was still aware of Darcy's plans for the surgery and couldn't
allow him to con Karl and Susan
like that. But it all paled into insignificance when Dione
made the shocking discovery that she was expecting Darcy's
baby. Unable to tell Darcy himself, she confided in her housemate
and close friend Toadie. He helped her through the difficult
time, while she tried to work out what to do. Fate stepped
in and made the decision when she slipped on the driveway
while Toadie was cleaning the car. She suffered a miscarriage
and planted a rose bush in the baby's memory. Desperate to
change, Dee also got Lyn to cut
her long hair and re-colour it.
was also becoming close to Joel again. As he tried to score
a job with Vernon Wells, she was worried for his safety, especially
when he almost performed a dangerous dive. Dee also confided
her secret pregnancy to him. Joel was furious with Darcy and
despite promising not to say anything, he blurted out the
truth during an argument. Dee forgave him and then he announced
he'd be leaving to go to Queensland and work for Vernon Wells.
He asked her to go with him and she agreed. However, she changed
her mind at the last minute and joined him at the jetty as
he left Erinsborough for good.
turned her attentions back to her friends. Her friendship
with Toadie grew, while she also reluctantly allowed Matt
Hancock to move in. Then Stuart
Parker arrived in Erinsborough. Dee found him sleeping
in the garage and offered him the couch at Number 30. The
two of them began a relationship after a few dates. At the
same time, Dee helped out Darcy who had suffered heart problems
after a series of personal setbacks. This went some way to
helping her put the past behind her.
and Stuart's relationship was a short one, but not without
its dramas. When Stuart's ex-fiancee, Tracey, turned up, it
brought out a side in him that she hadn't seen before. He
was cold and unforgiving and she realised their relationship
was going nowhere. After Tracey left, Dee broke things off
with Stuart and the two went back to being friends.
all this, Dee still had one person who she could rely on -
Toadie. After her disasters with Darcy and Stuart and his
relationship with Maggie Hancock,
they decided on throwing a party for a 'new start'. While
spring cleaning the house, Dione found Toadie's lost letter
attempted to move on with her life, taking a course in massage
and going on a date with Ray Milsome, Stuart's friend from
the army. But all the time, Toadie was growing more and more
jealous and he confronted her - which ended in a kiss. Things
were then very awkward between them. Everyone had noticed
that there was something between Dee and Toadie, they had
even started behaving like an old married couple. Eventually,
they managed to get things together, but Toadie's insecurities
in the relationship would frequently bubble to the surface.
He insisted on going with her when she got a massage appointment
with the Sydney Swans. When Ray attempted to split the two
up, even going as far as throwing himself at Dee, Dione was
honest with Toadie and Toadie finally found the strength to
confront Ray. Since then, Dee and Toadie have been very happy
together, even when Dee agreed to be Darcy's chaperone at
the surgery after his sexual harassment case, and they decided
to share a room.
few weeks later, Dione went to Tasmania for her gran's birthday,
but while she was there, her gran got sick and Dee decided
to stay for a few weeks to look after her. When Dee returned
to Erinsborough, she found a new surgeon, Martin Cook, working
at the hospital. Martin agreed to let her join his tutoring
group and she found herself spending more and more time with
him. Unfortunately, Martin only had one thing on his mind
and he made a pass at Dee. She warned him she wouldn't stand
for it and removed herself from his group, but didn't tell
anyone what had happened. Sadly, her behaviour led Toadie
to believe that there was something going on between her and
Martin, so he resolved to end the relationship.
realised she had to tell Toadie the truth. After they had
got their relationship back on track, she decided to lodge
an official complaint against Mr. Cook, or Cookie to his friends.
Dee was warned that the case may not go in her favour and
that could harm her future career prospects, but after seeing
Cookie around the hospital, she realised he had to be stopped.
Very few people believed that a well-respected, not to mention
happily married, surgeon like Cookie could do something like
this. When Cookie was offered a permanent position at the
hospital, Dee began to wonder if she was out of her depth.
Darcy was attacked, Dee was tending to him when Cookie came
in. Thinking Darcy was asleep, Cookie mentioned coming on
to Dee and her rebuffing his advances. However, Darcy heard
every word and offered to be a witness for Dee. Dee wasn't
sure whether to trust Darcy again, but realised she had little
other option. However, Dee noticed that Darcy was still pally
with Cookie, who was arranging him a membership to the Delphium
Club. Dee felt betrayed and told Toadie she wanted to leave
town. They began to make plans for Toadie to work with Dee's
aunt in Sydney. Then, while out at the pub, Dee bumped into
Darcy who explained that he had blackmailed Cookie, by recording
their conversation and threatening to tell his wife. Dee was
thrilled, when, the next day, Cookie retracted his statement
and was transferred out of Erinsborough Hospital.
a result of Darcy helping her beat Cookie, Dee began to trust
her ex-boyfriend again and spent more time with him, little
realising that he was falling for her all over again. When
Toadie asked Dee to join him at a family reunion in Colac,
Dee was a little worried about spending two weeks with the
infamous Rebecchi clan, but she agreed. However, a jealous
Darcy arranged for her to be given a massage contract by a
local football team, meaning she would have to stay in Erinsborough
for the duration of the 'Rebecchi Round-up'. After Toadie
had left for Colac alone, Darcy mentioned that he had a friend
down near Colac who he's be visiting the following weekend
and invited her to join him for the ride, then she could spend
that weekend with the Rebecchis. She agreed and he invited
her over to dinner, where she was impressed with his apartment,
strewn with scatter cushions and candles. Of course, the whole
design had been put in place for Dee's benefit and she fell
asleep on the sofa after watching a Hugh Grant flick.
next day, Dee decided not to tell Toadie about the incident
and a few days later she set off with Darcy to Colac. Unfortunately,
the car 'broke down' and Dee was forced to spend the night
in a motel with Darcy, where they only had one double room
left (another arrangement set-up by the evil doctor). Dee
slept in the bed, while Darcy stayed on the sofa, depsite
his best efforts, and the next morning she went to meet Toadie.
Upon their return, Dee and Toadie's relationship seemed strained.
Her constant jokes about how annoying the Rebecchis were began
to grate on Toadie. Dee was also extremely disapproving of
Toadie contacting Tim Collins about a reference. Later, Darcy
'accidentally' revealed that he and Dee shared a room at the
motel, causing tension between Dee and Toadie. She also told
him about the night she spent on Darcy's sofa and after a
long chat, they managed to work things out.
few days later, a box arrived at Number 30 for Dee, containing
some of her old belongings, sent up from Tasmania by the gran.
Little did Dee realise that amongst those belongings was a
marriage certificate - and that Darcy had been snooping and
Dee had no idea that behind her back, Darcy was scheming to split her and
Toadie up. She went off to Tasmania to help her gran move into a retirement home,
blissfully unaware that Darcy had managed to track down her ex-husband,
Darren Turner, who was now living in Queensland. Arriving back in
Erinsborough, Dee made plans with Toadie to attend the Erinsborough Charity
Ball, after some persuasion from Darcy. However, little did she know that
Darcy had plotted for Darren to be present at the ball - and when she
realised, she quickly vanished, unable to cope with seeing him again. As she
returned for dinner, Darcy began questioning Darren on how he knew Dee,
eventually wheedling out the information that they were once married. Toadie
was horrified by the revelation - something else that his girlfriend had
kept from him. Although they managed to talk through the situation, the
trust was gone from the relationship. When Dee returned home to find Toadie
reading her diary, she finally lost it, telling him that if he now had so
little respect for her, she would move out.
She went to stay with Darcy, who she had come to rely on in recent weeks.
Dee's friends were surprised by the sudden end to her relationship and
encouraged her to try and work it out with Toadie. When Dee headed down to
the pub with Libby - another situation orchestrated by Darcy - she was
shocked to see him flirting with Sindi Watts. Darcy told Dee that she needed
to move on and that Toadie was enjoying the single life and so she
accompanied him to an evening at the Aurora Club, where he had recently been
accepted as a member. Dee watched as Darcy began gambling, but warned him
about getting too carried away. As they arrived home the next morning, she
fell asleep on the sofa and Darcy moved in for a kiss while she slept.
However, she suddenly woke up and Darcy moved away before she realised what
had been going on.
Meanwhile, Dee walked into the Coffee Shop while Toadie was on the phone to
Sindi. Dee decided to have it out with him once and for all, and their
revelations about Darcy surprised both of them as they realised he had been
lying to each of them. Darcy, however, managed to talk his way out of it,
explaining to Dee that he had said she was going out partying every night in
order to spare her dignity. While Dee believed him, she was also a bit put
out and asked him not to talk about her behind her back. Darcy's behaviour
further shocked Dee when she found out he had developed a taste for gambling
- and had got himself $10,000 in debt.
With Darcy on her back about rekindling their romance, Dee decided to head
to Tasmania and spend some time with her gran. She got a big shock when, a
few days later, Darcy arrived on the doorstep explaining that he had to get
away from Erinsborough. Dee wasn't happy to see him at first, but finally
softened and allowed him to stay.
When they returned to Erinsborough, Dee found out that Toadie had been to
visit her while she was in Tasmania, but her gran hadn't told her. Toadie
demanded to know who the man was that she'd been with, but Dee told him to
grow up and refused to tell him any more. She also decided that things
between her and Darcy were a little awkward, with him wanting them to get
back together, and so she found somewhere else to stay. However, as time
went on, she thought that maybe being with Darcy again wasn't such a bad
idea and so she agreed to go out with him, little realising what he'd been
up to behind her back.
After finally managing to get to his apartment, despite his protestations
that he didn't want her coming round, Dee was shocked to find it practically
empty. Confronting Darcy, he quickly explained that he was in the middle of
redecorating. As the pair got closer, Dee found herself being questioned by
the police about Darcy's recent actions. He explained to her that he was the
one who had owed James the money and the police had caught up with him over
his recent illegal gambling. Dee was sympathetic towards Darcy's plight and
later, went to his apartment where she found him going through the soil in a
plantpot. Believing that he had accidentally knocked it over, she told him
she would help clean up, but was shocked to find a ring amongst the dirt - a
ring with Susan and Karl's names on it. Realising that Darcy had been lying
to her and had robbed the Kennedys all along, she called the police, with
As Toadie and Dee spent more time together, she began to rely on him.
Feeling guilty for shopping Darcy to the police, she was surprised when
Darcy summoned her and Toadie to the prison. Dee expected him to lay into
her for what she did, but was amazed when he finally came clean and admitted
that he had plotted to keep her and Toadie apart. This revelation finally
made Dee realise how much Toadie meant to her and so she was thrilled when
he proposed to her, and quickly accepted. After keeping it quiet for a few
days, the pair announced their news to the whole of Ramsay Street in a
method only they could - from an ice cream van.
When Angie Rebecchi got to hear about the engagement, she soon headed to
Erinsborough and set about organising the happy couple. Dee was patient at
first, but soon she and Toadie had had enough and explained that they didn't
need her help. However, after learning that Angie had sold her camper-van to
help pay for things, they realised that her heart was in the right place and
welcomed her back. However, as the big day drew nearer, Dee began to get
hysterical, ordering Toadie around and telling Angie that her outfit wasn't
suitable for the big day. The final straw came, however, when Dee tripped
over and wrecked the cake, but tried to pass the blame on to everyone else.
Toadie told her to stop being such a brat about the whole thing, or there
wouldn't be a wedding. Dee came to her senses and apologised, and was
thrilled when Toadie told her that they'd managed to get the reception venue
of their dreams after another couple had pulled out.
When the big day finally arrived, everything seemed to be perfect, despite
one or two final hitches - including Toadie being tied naked to a lamp post
on his stag night. The wedding was a very happy occasion, as all of Ramsay
Street came together to celebrate their odd couple finally walking down the
aisle. As they drove away from the venue, Toadie surprised Dee with an
exotic honeymoon in the Maldives. The couple couldn't have been happier...
sadly, it wasn't to last. As he leaned over to kiss his new bride, Toadie
lost control of the car for a split second, skidded, and went straight
over the edge of a cliff. Crashing into the water below, the couple struggled to
free themselves. Toadie managed to get to the surface, but Dee was not to be
seen. Despite valiant efforts by Toadie and, later, the search and rescue
teams, her body was never recovered. She is presumed dead.
• In June 2002, Madeleine West was hit by a bus during a personal appearance, sustaining serious injuries. During a month-long
recuperation period, three past characters were revived to cover her absences: Angie
and Big Kev Rebecchi and Sheena
• Madeleine West returned to the role of Dee when she recorded a voiceover for episode 5396 in which Toadie read an old letter from Dee. However, West was not credited at the end of the episode
Episode 3459: Dione's Arrival
Episode 4292: Toadie and Dee's Wedding
Episode 4293: Dee's Death