Raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; married; children: three. Avocational Interests: Painting.
Actress and voice performer. Second City (comedy group), Toronto, Ontario, Canada, member of the original company, beginning 1973; Women Fully Clothed (comedy group), member of the company. Participated in the workshop "Strategies for Women in the Arts," ACTRA Toronto's (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists Toronto) Really Big Winter Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2003.
Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists Toronto.
Canadian Film Award, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, outstanding performance by a lead actress, nonfeature category, 1975, for The Collaborators: Deedee; Genie Award nomination, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, best performance by an actress in a supporting role, 1988, for Night Friend; Gemini Award, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, best performance by an actress in a featured supporting role in a dramatic program or miniseries, 1998, for Dangerous Offender: The Marlene Moore Story; Earle Grey Award, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, 1999; Gemini Award, 1999, and Gemini Award nomination, 2000, both best performance in a preschool program or series, for Noddy; Gemini Award nomination, best individual performance in a comedy program or series, 2002, for The Endless Grind.
Betty, Goin' down the Road (also known as Le voyage chimerique), Chevron, 1970.
Isabella, My Pleasure Is My Business (also known as Die Heisseste Frau der Welt), Brian Distributing, 1976.
Alicia Brady, One Man (also known as Un homme), National Film Board of Canada, 1977, Billy Baxter, 1979.
Girl in bar, Tomorrow Never Comes, Cinepix Film Properties, 1978.
Narrator, Our Kinda Talk: An Introduction to Margaret Laurence (documentary short film), National Film Board of Canada, 1978.
Sheila, Drying Up the Streets, Vestron Video, 1978.
Voice, Margaret Laurence, First Lady of Manawaka (documentary short film), 1978.
Narrator, Arthritis: A Dialogue with Pain (documentary), National Film Board of Canada, 1981.
Woman caller, Videodrome (also known as Zonekiller), Universal, 1983.
Anna–Marie Biddlecoff, Finders Keepers, Warner Bros., 1984.
Voice of Funshine Bear, The Care Bears Movie (animated), Samuel Goldwyn, 1985.
Left Out, [Canada], 1985.
Jean Bollinger, Nowhere to Hide, New Century Vista, 1987.
Rita the bag lady, Night Friend, Cineplex–Odeon, 1987.
Annabelle Foster, Love at Stake (also known as Burnin' Love), TriStar, 1988.
Joan Talmage, Hostile Takeover (also known as The Devastator and The Office Party), MTI Home Video, 1988.
Lucille, Candy Mountain, International Film Exchange, 1988.
Mrs. Brockel, Cold Comfort, Republic, 1990.
Nurse, Stella, Buena Vista/Samuel Goldwyn, 1990.
Judy the waitress, The Santa Clause, Buena Vista, 1994.
Marie, The Circle Game, Shadowlife Film, 1994.
Agatha Rankin, Joe's Wedding, Astral, 1997.
Aunt Iris, That Old Feeling, Universal, 1997.
Connie, Where the Money Is (also known as Ein Heisser Coup), USA Films, 2000.
Mrs. Borusewicz, Chicago (musical), Miramax, 2002.
Mrs. White, My Big Fat Greek Wedding (also known as Mariage a la grecque), IFC Films, 2002.
Red Green: Duct Tape Forever, TVA International, 2002.
Granny Dowd, Snow on the Skeleton Key, Pine Tooth Pictures, 2003.
Mrs. Toussaint, How to Deal, New Line Cinema, 2003.
Lucy Decker, Welcome to Mooseport, Twentieth Century–Fox, 2004.
Norma, Dawn of the Dead, Universal, 2004.
Ramona Coogan, Moss, Pine Tooth Pictures, 2004.
Raymond Radcliffe (short film), 2004.
Television Appearances; Series:
That's Show Biz, CBC, beginning 1970.
Funny Farm, CTV, c. 1974–75.
Stay Tuned, CBC, c. 1976–77.
Louise Bates, High Hopes, CBC and syndicated, 1978.
Gwen Twining, King of Kensington, CBC and syndicated, c. 1979–80.
Regular performer, Bizarre, Showtime, 1980–85.
Mrs. Whaley, Ramona (also known as Ramona Q and The Ramona Stories), PBS, 1988–89.
Bernice, Material World, CBC, beginning 1990.
Voice of Aunt Dolores, Monster by Mistake (animated), YTV, 1996—.
Gloria Wilkes, Riverdale, CBC, 1997–2000.
Aunt Agatha Flugelschmidt, Noddy (live action and animated), TVOnatrio and PBS, 1998–2000.
Voices of Cookie Fish and Joyce, Bob and Margaret (animated), Channel 4 and Comedy Central, 1998–2001.
Voice of Mrs. Dingle, For Better or for Worse (animated), Teletoon, 2000–2002.
Multiple roles, The Endless Grind, [Canada] and Comedy Central, beginning 2001.
Mrs. White, My Big Fat Greek Life, CBS, 2003.
Voice of Mrs. Kersplatski, JoJo's Circus (animated), The Disney Channel, 2003—.
Mother, The Shields Stories, W Network, beginning 2004.
Voice of Rabbit, Peep and the Big Wide World (animated), The Discovery Channel, beginning 2004.
Ronnie, This Is Wonderland, CBC, 2004—.
Television Appearances; Miniseries:
Mrs. Hammond, Anne of Green Gables, CBC and PBS, 1985.
Betty Vannort, Echoes in the Darkness, CBS, 1987.
Evelyn Slaven, Small Sacrifices, ABC, 1989.
Mrs. Miller, Undue Influence (also known as Steve Martini's Undue Influence), CBS, 1996.
Audrey, Widows, ABC, 2002.
Television Appearances; Movies:
Back to Beulah, 1974.
The Collaborators: Deedee (also known as Deedee), 1974.
Louise, Shades of Love: Indigo Autumn, 1987.
Mother Superior, "I'll Die Loving," Really Weird Tales, HBO, 1987.
(As Jane Eastwood) Blanche, Drop–Out Mother (also known as Goodbye, Supermom), CBS, 1988.
Diabolica the bad witch, Once upon a Giant, [Canada], 1988.
God Bless the Child (also known as Le choix tragique), ABC, 1988.
Jack's mother, Back to the Beanstalk, [Canada], 1990.
Heddy Taylor, Partners 'n Love, syndicated, 1992.
Pearl, Ghost Mom (also known as Bury Me in Niagara), Fox, 1993.
Marge, Against Their Will: Women in Prison (also known as Against Their Will and Caged Seduction: The Shocking True Story), ABC, 1994.
Ms. Newbound, Harrison Bergeron (also known as Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron), Showtime, 1995.
Margaret, Devil's Food, Lifetime, 1996.
Margie, Christmas in My Hometown (also known as A Holiday for Love), CBS, 1996.
Mrs. Moore, Dangerous Offender: The Marlene Moore Story, CBC, 1996.
Dolores Koontz, Resurrection, HBO, 1999.
Margie, A Holiday Romance (also known as One More White Christmas and A Song for the Season), CBS, 1999.
Mrs. Marsden, Deep in My Heart, CBS, 1999.
Police chief Roux, Mind Prey (also known as John Sanford's Mind Prey), ABC, 1999.
Beth Mirasty, The Wandering Soul Murders (also known as Criminal Instinct: The Wandering Soul Murders and Sur les traces de Littleflower), Lifetime, 2001.
Judge Shales, What Makes a Family, Lifetime, 2001.
Nurse Doris, Club Land, Showtime, 2001.
Just a Walk in the Park, ABC, 2002.
The Man Who Saved Christmas, CBS, 2002.
Alice and Donna Ingram, In the Family, 2003.
Marge Schott, Hustle: The Pete Rose Story, ESPN, 2004.
Sheila, Suburban Madness, CBS, 2004.
Brave New Girl, ABC Family Channel, 2004.
Appeared as a person with cancer in Last of the Four–Letter Words, CBC.
Television Appearances; Specials:
Marsha Martin, Andrea Martin … Together Again, Showtime, 1989.
Friends of Gilda, 1993.
Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:
The 2000 Canadian Comedy Awards, 2000.
Television Appearances; Episodic:
General's wife, "Murder at SCTV," Second City TV (also known as SCTV), Global Television, CBC, and syndicated, 1976.
Alice, "CBC," SCTV Network 90 (also known as SCTV Comedy Network and SCTV Network), NBC and [Canada], NBC, 1982.
Felicity Patelli, "Rex Badger P.I.," The Littlest Hobo, syndicated, 1982.
Mrs. Braling, "Marionettes, Inc.," The Ray Bradbury Theater, HBO, 1985.
Mrs. Campbell, "Jane the Ripper," Night Heat, CBS, 1985.
Rita, "The Walls Have Eyes," Seeing Things, CBC, 1986.
Flora Frimble, "Ice Cream," Today's Special, Nickelodeon, 1987.
"Family Business," Diamonds, CBS, 1989.
Starting from Scratch, syndicated, 1989.
Elmira Brown, "Exorcism," The Ray Bradbury Theater, USA Network, 1990.
Grace, "Candle in the Night," War of the Worlds, syndicated, 1990.
Joni, "My Wife as a Dog," Friday the 13th (also known as Friday's Curse and Friday the 13th: The Series), syndicated, 1990.
Stella, "Budapest," Wish You Were Here, CBS, 1990.
"Beneath the Pacific," Mom P.I., CBC, 1990.
Avi's mother, "The Cliffhanger," Maniac Mansion, The Family Channel, 1991.
Katie, "The New Look," Maniac Mansion, The Family Channel, 1991.
Hildie Muckle, "Streetcar Named Idella," Maniac Mansion, The Family Channel, 1992.
"Transylvania Express," Tales from the Cryptkeeper (animated), ABC, 1994.
Woman in line, "A Night in Terror Tower: Parts 1 & 2," Goosebumps, Fox, 1996.
Nathan's mother, "I Look Like Joyce DeWitt," Twitch City, CBC and Bravo, 1998.
Emma, "For Love and Money," Twice in a Lifetime, PAX TV, 2000.
Lucy, "Dark of the Night," Cod Name: Eternity, syndicated, 2000.
Lulu, "Daddy's Girl," Twice in a Lifetime, PAX TV, 2001.
Miss Barnes, "Beaver Creek: Live," Made in Canada, CBC, 2001.
Mrs. Dunlap, "A Fine Balance," Screech Owls, YTV, 2001.
Multiple characters, Royal Canadian Air Farce, CBC, 2001.
Jeannie, "The Cheese Stands Alone," Wild Card, Lifetime, 2003.
Jeannie, "No Bull," Wild Card, Lifetime, 2003.
Janice, "The Kiss," Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye, PAX TV, 2004.
Mrs. Cameron, "Back in Black," Degrassi: The Next Generation (also known as Degrassi: TNG, Degrassi: La prochaine generation, and Degrassi: La proxima generacion), CTV and The N, 2004.
Voice for The Care Bears Family (animated), ABC and syndicated; appeared in The Industry, Bravo; voice for My Pet Monster (animated), ABC; as Mrs. Morrow, Night Heat, CBS; as a voice for Roboroach (animated; also known as RoboBlatte), Teletoon; and as Hilary, Secret Service, NBC.
Television Appearances; Pilots:
Helen, The World of Darkness, CBS, 1977.
Jeannie, Wild Card, Lifetime, 2003.
Television Additional Voices; Series:
Alf Tales (animated; also known as AlfTales), NBC, 1989–90.
Godspell (musical), Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, beginning c. 1972.
You're Gonna Be Alright, Jamie Boy, Tarragon Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1975.
Thelma, 'Night, Mother, Eclectic Theatre, Artword Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2001.
Understudy for the role of Parthy, Showboat (musical), Toronto, Ontario, Canada and Philadelphia, PA.
Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows; A Behind–the–Scenes Look, Alliance Atlantis Communications, 2002.
Reader for Sightlines 10, Unit 3: Stepping Out, Prentice Hall Literature.
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