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Burroughs, Jackie

Jackie Burroughs

Jackie Burroughs was born on February 2, 1939 in Lancashire, England, UK.  Jackie and her family lived in England until she was 12, but moved to Toronto, Canada in 1952.  In Canada she attended Branksome Hall, a private girls school, where she was the head girl.  She then attended the University of Toronto (graduated 1962).

Jackie began acting by accident just after graduating in 1962.  The following year, 1963, her neighbor gave her a role in a TV show, Twelve and a Half Cents, and that gig ended up being the catapult into her acting career, including The Stratford Festival doing Shakespeare.

In the 60s she and her husband, Zal Yanovsky (a founding member of The Lovin' Spoonful), moved to New York City, where she and Zal had a daughter, Zoé.  By 1968 the marriage had ended, and Burroughs moved back to Canada, where Zoé was being raised by her father in Kingston, Ontario, CAN. where he owned a restaurant, and Burroughs was working on numerous Stratford and Shaw festival plays.

Burroughs divided her time between a home in Oaxaca, Mexico ('The house that Sullivan built' she says, referring to the creator of the Avonlea series) and an apartment in Toronto. Her hobbies included Tai Chi, reading novels, studying Spanish and dancing lessons.

Jackie Burroughs died from stomach cancer on September 22, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, CAN.

Small Town Murder Songs~2010 - Olive
Into the Labyrinth~2008 - Ariadne
Deck the Halls~2006- Mrs. Ryor
First Snow~2007 - Maggie
The Sentinel~2006 - Mrs. Miller
Heidi~2005 - voice of Fri. Rottenmeier
Bailey's Billion$~2005- Constance Pennington
Leo~2005 - Felicity
King's Ransom~2005 - Grandma
Fever Pitch~2005 - Mrs. Warren
The Year of the Rat~2003 (V doc) - Herself/Mrs. Stiles
The Limb Salesman(Re-Generation)~2004 - Grandmother
Going the Distance~2004 - Mother Libby
Cavedweller~2004 - Grandma Windsor
Republic of Love, The~2003  - Betty
Rhinoceros Eyes~2003  - Mrs. Walnut
Willard~2003 - Mrs. Stiles
Year of the Rat~2003 - Herself
Guy Thing, A~2003 - Aunt Budge
Record Man: The Life and Times of Sam Sniderman~2002 (V short) - Narrator
Night's Noontime~2002 - Queen Victoria
On Their Knees~2001 - Flora
Lost and Delirious~2001 - Faye Vaughn
Washed Up~2000 - Tosca
Bingo: Faith, Hope, & Charity~2000 (V doc) - Narrator
Have Mercy~1999 - Lulu
Last Night~1998 - The Runner
Hemoglobin~1997 - Lexie
Bleeders~1997 - Lexie
How Dinosaurs Learned to Fly~1995 - Narrator
Careful~1992 - Frau Teacher
Elizabeth Smart: On the Side of the Angels~1991 - Elizabeth Smart
Distress Signals~1990 - Narrator
Midday Sun, The~1989 - Lilian
Whispers~1989 - Mrs. Yancey
Food of the Gods II~1989 - Dr. Treger
John and the Missus~1987 - Missus
Winter Tan, A~1987 - Maryse Holder
Judgment in Stone, A~1986 - Joan Smith
Care Bears Movie, The~1985 - voice of The Spirit
Neon, an Electric Memoir~1985 (doc short) - Herself
Surrogate, The~1984 - Woman at Anouk's
Chautauqua Girl~1983 - Mrs. Ferguson
Gentle Sinners~1983 - Mrs. Smith
Dead Zone, The~1983 - Vera Smith
Wars, The~1983 - Miss Davenport
Grey Fox, The~1982 - Katherine 'Kate' Flynn
Intruder, The~1981 - Eleanor
Heavy Metal~1981 - voice of Katherine in "Den" segment (see Actor Connections - Film)
Kidnapping of the President, The~1980 - Woman agent
Twelve and a Half Cents~1977 - Mother
My Pleasure Is My Business~1974 - (uncredited) Old lady at pool
Running Time~1974 - The Old Lady
125 Rooms of Comfort~1974 - Bobbie Kidd
Monkeys in the Attic~1974 - Wanda
If Wishes Were Horses~1972 -
Eat Anything~1971
Three Guesses~1971 (V doc) - Herself
Duclima~1969 - Ingénue Duclima
Ernie Game, The~1966 - Gail
Notes for a Film About Donna & Gail~1966 - Factory Worker
Purse, The~1966

Film Producer
Winter Tan, A~1987

Film Writer
Winter Tan, A~1987

Film Director
Winter Tan, A~1987

Sophie~2009 - Aunt Sheil in Stolen Kisses
Skip Tracer~2008 - Florence
Martha Behind Bars~2005 - Big Martha
Slings and Arrows~2005 - Moira in:
    Birnam Wood
    Fallow Time
    Season's End
Walter Ego~2005 -
Mary Walsh: Open Book~2004  Herself in By Grand Central Station I Sat down and Wept
The Call~2004 - Herself/Narrator
Snow~2004 - Lorna
The Winning Season~2004 - Mrs. Young
Bury the Lead~2004
The Eleventh Hour~2004 - Arlene Garwood in Georgia
Nip/Tuck~2003 - Talking Head in Adelle Coffin
Dead Like Me~2003  - Florence in Reaping Havoc
Mystery Ink~2003 - True Crimes Performer
The Industry~2003 - Helga Lemper in Beaver Creek Valentine
Just Cause~2003 - Lily Zimmer in Death's Details
Made In Canada~2003 -  Helga Lemper in  Beaver Creek Valentine  (see Actor Connections - TV)
The Pilot's Wife~2002 - (uncredited) Julie
Further Tales of the City~2001 (mini)  - Mona 'Mother Mucca' Ramsey in:
    Episodes 1.1 - 1.3
Smallville~2001 - Cassandra Carver in  Hourglass
Cover Me~1999 (mini) - Caitlin Crawford
Angela Anaconda~1999 -
Evidence of Blood~1998  - Granny Dollar
Happy Christmas, Miss King~1998  - Hetty King
More Tales of the City~1998 (mini)  - Mona 'Mother Mucca' Ramsey (6 episodes)
Evidence of Blood~1998 - Granny Dollar
Platinum~1997  - Sir Ian Ball-Worthington
Elvis Meets Nixon~1997  - Dodger
O Canada~1997  - Voices
Due South~1997 - Gladys Caunce in  Eclipse
Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years~1995 -  Ozza Starks in  The Hanging
Night Owl~1993  - Dr. Matthews
Just Cause~1993 - in Death's Details
Heritage Minutes~1992 - Narrator of Rural Teacher
Final Notice~1989 -
Road to Avonlea~1989  - Hetty King (90 episodes)
Carnival of Shadows~1989 -
I Vant to be Alone~1988 -
Twilight Zone, The~1988 -  Jean Reed in  Many, Many Monkeys
Taking Care of Terrific~1987 - Mrs. Forbes
Ewoks~1985-1986 - voice of Morag the Tulgah Witch
American Playhouse: Overdrawn at the Memory Bank~1985  - Emmaline Ozmondo Fingal, Fingal's Mother
Anne of Green Gables~1985  - Mrs. Amelia Evans
Undergrads, The~1985  - Nancy Galik
Seduced~1985  - Mrs. Riordan
Evergreen~1985 (mini) - Dorothy in:
    Episodes 1.1 & 1.2
Chairman of the Board~1981 (series) - Prof. Hannah Cohen
Chairman of the Board~1980 (movie) - Prof. Hannah Cohen
Great Performances: Out of Our Father's House~1978  - Maria Mitchell
Norman Corwin Present~1972 - in The Discovery
Vicki~1979 - Vicki
Psychiatrist: God Bless the Children, The~1970  - Jane, a Therapy Group Member
Hart & Lorne Terrific Hour, The~1970
Wojeck~1966 -  Heroin Addict in All Aboard for Candyland
Twelve and a Half Cents~1963 -

Chéri~1999 - (Tarragon Theatre, Toronto, )

Master Class~1997 - Maria Callas (National Arts Centre, Canada)

The Faraway Nearby~1996 - Georgia O'Keefe (Saidye Bronfman Centre, )
The Jane Bowles Project~1992 - Jane Bowles (Factory Theatre Studio Cafe, Toronto, Canada)
ENCORE! ENCORE!~1986 - Dancer (Expo '86, Vancouver, Canada)
There's Always Been Dance~1986 - Dancer
Jackie Burroughs in There's Always Been Dance (1986) - Photo by Cylla von Tiedermann via
Coward's Blithe Spirit~1979 - Elvira (Shaw Festival, Shaw Theatre,
Jackie Burroughs playing Elvira in Coward's Blithe Spirit (1979) - Photo from @shawtheatre (twitter)
Uncle Vanya~1978 - (Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto, Canada)
Jackie Burroughs with Peter O'Toole as Uncle Vanya
Present Laughter~1978 - (Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto, Canada) (also with Peter O'Toole)
A Thread of Sand
The Recitation
Merchant of Venice~1976 - Portia (Stratford Festival, Canada)
Measure for Measure~1976 - (Stratford Ontario Shakespeare Festival, Ontario, Canada)
Two Gentlemen of Verona~1975 - Silvia (Shakespeare at Stratford, Ontario, Canada)
The Volpe Sisters
How the Company Went To An Island, What Happened and Who Came Back~1970 - (see Actor Connections - Theatre)
Two for the SeeSaw~1962 - (Hart House Theatre, Toronto, Canada)
A Resounding Tinkle~1960-1961 - (Hart House Theatre, Toronto, Canada)

Roots~ - Beatie Bryant (?)

Man and Superman~197? - Ann

Awards, Honors, and Nominations
ACTRA Awards:
Rec'd 1970 Best Actress in a Lead Role for Vicki (CBC production)
Cable Ace Awards:
Nom 1995 Best Actress in a Dramatic Series for Road to Avonlea
Nom 1992 Best Actress in a Dramatic Series for Road to Avonlea
Nom 1991 Best Actress in a Dramatic Series for Road to Avonlea
Canadian Film Awards:
Rec'd 1973 Performance by a Lead Actress (Non - Feature) for Duclima
Rec'd 1969 Performance by a Lead Actress (Non - Feature) for Vicky
Etrog Award:
Rec'd `973 - for her performance in Twelve and a Half Cents
Creteuil Woman's Film Festival (France):
Rec'd 1988 Best Actress for A Winter Tan
Gemini Awards:
Rec'd 2002 Gemini Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for Further Tales of the City
Rec'd 2001 Earle Grey Award for her contributions over the years
Nom 2000 Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series for Cover Me
Nom 1999 Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series for More Tales of the City
Nom 1995 Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for Road To Avonlea
Nom 1994 Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series The Adventures of Dudley Dragon
Rec'd 1994 Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for Road to Avonlea
Rec'd 1992 Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for Road to Avonlea
Rec'd 1990 Best Performance by a Lead Actress in a Continuing Dramatic Role for Road to Avonlea
Genie Awards:
Rec'd 1989 Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for A Winter Tan
Nom 1989 Best Achievement in Direction for A Winter Tan
Nom 1989 Best Adapted Screenplay for A Winter Tan
Nom 1989 Best Motion Picture for A Winter Tan
Nom 1987 Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for John and the Missus
Nom 1985 Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for The Surrogate
Rec'd 1984 Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for The Wars
Rec'd 1983 Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for The Grey Fox
Golden Satellite Awards:
Nom 1999 Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for More Tales of the City
Toronto Arts - Governor General's Performing Arts Awards:
Rec'd 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award
Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean, right, laughs as Jackie Burroughs reacts to going the wrong way after receiving the lifetime achievement award for the performing arts during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Nov. 4, 2005. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)
Yorktown Film Award:
Rec'd 1972 - Best Actress in a Lead Role for If Wishes Were Horses

Was playing much older women at the age of 35

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