Actress. She is best remembered for her portrayal of the fictional character ‘Hetty King’ in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Television series “Road to Avonlea” from 1990 to 1996. She immigrated to Toronto with her family at age of 12 and attended the University of Toronto, before moving to New York City, New York with her husband, Zal Yanovsky, co-founder with John Sebastian of the 1960s rock band “Lovin’ Spoonful.” After divorcing Yanovsky in 1968, she returned to Canada and began her long-running stage and screen career, working on numerous Stratford and Shaw festival plays and films with artists such as Peter O’Toole, David Cronenberg and Deepa Mehta. Her film credits include a voice-over stint in the legendary animated anthology “Heavy Metal” (1981), “The Grey Fox” (1982), “The Dead Zone” (1983), “The Wars” (1983), and her television series in “Anne of Green Gables” (1985) in the role of ‘Amelia Evans’, the voice of ‘The Spirit’ in “The Care Bears Movie” (1985), “The Undergrads” (1985, as teacher ‘Nancy Galik’ opposite Art Carney), the 1993 television miniseries adaptation of Armistead Maupin’s “More Tales of the City” and “Further Tales of the City, as ‘Mother Mucca’, and the 2003 remake of “Willard.” In 1987 she produced, directed, co-wrote, and starred in “A Winter Tan,” a film based on the letters of Maryse Holder, published in 1979 as the book “Give Sorrow Words – Maryse Holder’s Letters from Mexico,” and won a Genie award for best performance by an actress in a leading role for the film. Her first award was the 1969 Canadian Film Award for best actress, for starring in the non-feature short film “Duclima.” Her final film was a cameo appearance in “Small Town Murder Songs,” which debuted at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. During her acting career she appeared in over 100 films and television shows and won two Canadian Film Awards, five Gemini Awards (three for “Road to Avonlea,” one for “Further Tales of the City” and the Earle Grey Award for outstanding contribution to Canadian Cinema) and three Genie Awards for “The Grey Fox,” “A Winter’s Tan,” and “The Wars”). In 2005 she received a Governor General’s Award for Performing Arts. She died at her home of complications from stomach cancer.
- February, 02, 1939
- September, 22, 2010
- Cremated. Ashes given to family or friend.