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Jackie Burroughs

Jackie Burroughs
Born Jacqueline Burroughs
(1939-02-02)2 February 1939
Lancashire, England, UK
Died 22 September 2010(2010-09-22) (aged 71)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Cause of death Stomach Cancer
Occupation Actress
Years active 1966–2010
Spouse(s) Zal Yanovsky (1960s–1968)
Children 1 daughter

Jacqueline "Jackie" Burroughs (2 February 1939 – 22 September 2010) was an English-born Canadian actress.


  • Life and career 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Death 3
  • Filmography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Life and career

Born in Lancashire, England, Burroughs acted in live theatre at Ontario's Stratford Festival. Her film credits included The Dead Zone (1983), The Grey Fox (1982), and a voice-over stint in the legendary animated anthology Heavy Metal (1981), while her TV-series résumé includes the roles of Mrs. Amelia Evans in Anne of Green Gables (1985) and Hetty King in Road to Avonlea (1990). In 1987, Jackie Burroughs 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. She won a Genie award for best performance by an actress in a leading role for the film. She won several Genies and Geminis during her career. Her first award was the 1969 Canadian Film Award for best actress, for starring in the non-feature short film Duclima. In 2005, Burroughs received a Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Canada's highest honour in the performing arts.[1]

Burroughs played the voice of The Spirit in 1985's The Care Bears Movie. She also played teacher Nancy Galik in The Undergrads (1985) opposite Art Carney.

She was perhaps best known to American audiences for her portrayal of the fictional character, Hetty King, in the CBC Television series Road to Avonlea from 1990 to 1996. The series was based on the works of Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery and produced by Sullivan Entertainment. She also played Mother Mucca in the television adaptations of Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City and Further Tales of the City. Burroughs again played a mother role in 2003's Willard.

She appeared in the 2006 film The Sentinel. She also appeared in the Smallville season one episode "Hourglass" as the elderly prophetess Cassandra Carver.

Personal life

Burroughs was married to Zalman Yanovsky, co-founder (with John Sebastian) of The Lovin' Spoonful; they separated in 1968. They had one daughter, Zoe (a restaurant owner and author in Kingston).


Burroughs died at her home in Toronto on 22 September 2010, aged 71, after suffering from stomach cancer.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1966 Notes for a Film About Donna & Gail
1966 Purse, TheThe Purse Short film
1967 Ernie Game, TheThe Ernie Game Gail
1971 Eat Anything
1974 Running Time The Old Lady
1974 Monkeys in the Attic Wanda
1974 125 Rooms of Comfort Bobbie Kidd
1975 My Pleasure Is My Business Old lady at pool Uncredited
1977 Twelve and a Half Cents Mother
1980 Kidnapping of the President, TheThe Kidnapping of the President Woman Agent
1981 Heavy Metal Katherine (voice) Segment: "Den"
1981 Intruder, TheThe Intruder Eleanor
1982 Grey Fox, TheThe Grey Fox Kate
1983 Chautauqua Girl Mrs. Ferguson
1983 Gentle Sinners Mrs. Smith
1983 Wars, TheThe Wars Miss Davenport
1983 Dead Zone, TheThe Dead Zone Vera Smith
1984 All the Years Short film
1984 Surrogate, TheThe Surrogate Woman at Anouk's
1985 Care Bears Movie, TheThe Care Bears Movie The Spirit (voice)
1986 Judgment in Stone, AA Judgment in Stone Joan Smith
1987 John and the Missus Missus
1988 Winter Tan, AA Winter Tan Maryse Holder
1989 Midday Sun, TheThe Midday Sun Lilian
1989 Food of the Gods II Dr. Treger
1990 Whispers Mrs. Yancey
1991 Elizabeth Smart: On the Side of the Angels Elizabeth Smart (Canadian author)
1992 Careful Frau
1997 Bleeders Lexie
1998 Last Night The Runner
1999 Have Mercy Lulu
2000 How Dinosaurs Learned to Fly Narrator (voice) Short film
2000 Washed Up Tosca
2001 Lost and Delirious Fay Vaughn
2001 On Their Knees Flora
2002 Night's Noontime Queen Victoria Short film
2003 Guy Thing, AA Guy Thing Aunt Budge
2003 Willard Mrs. Stiles
2003 Rhinoceros Eyes Mrs. Walnut
2003 Republic of Love, TheThe Republic of Love Betty
2004 Cavedweller Grandma Windsor
2004 Going the Distance Mother Libby
2004 Re-Generation Grandmother
2005 Bailey's Billion$ Constance Pennington
2005 Fever Pitch Mrs. Warren
2005 King's Ransom Grandma
2005 Leo Felicity Short film
2005 Heidi Frau Rottenmeier (voice)
2006 Sentinel, TheThe Sentinel Mrs. Miller Uncredited
2006 First Snow Maggie
2006 Deck the Halls Mrs. Ryor
2008 Into the Labyrinth Ariadne
2010 Small Town Murder Songs Olive
Year Title Role Notes
1966 Wojeck Heroin Addict Episode: "All Aboard for Candyland"
1970 Hart & Lorne Terrific Hour, TheThe Hart & Lorne Terrific Hour TV series
1970 Psychiatrist, TheThe Psychiatrist Jane Episode: "God Bless the Children"
1972 Norman Corwin Presents Episode: "The Discovery"
1978 Great Performances Maria Mitchell Episode: "Out of Our Father's House"
1980 Chairman of the Board TV film
1981 Chairman of the Board Prof. Hannah Cohen TV series
1985 Evergreen Dorothy TV miniseries
1985 Overdrawn at the Memory Bank Emmaline Ozmondo Fingal TV film. Aired 1985 on American Playhouse, Season 4, Episode 8. Produced 1983.
1985 Seduced Mrs. Riordan TV film
1985 Undergrads, TheThe Undergrads Nancy Galik TV film
1985-1986 Star Wars: Ewoks Morag the Tulgah Witch (voice) Recurring role (3 episodes)
1985 Anne of Green Gables Mrs. Amelia Evans TV film
1987 Taking Care of Terrific Mrs. Forbes TV film
1988 I Vant to be Alone TV short
1989 Carnival of Shadows TV film
1989 Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight Zone Jean Reed Episode: "Many, Many Monkeys"
1989 Final Notice TV film
1990-1996 Road to Avonlea Hetty King Main role (90 episodes)
1993 Night Owl Dr. Matthews TV film
1995 Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years Ozza Starks Episode: "The Hanging"
1997 O Canada Voices TV series
1997 Elvis Meets Nixon Dodger TV film
1997 Due South Gladys Caunce Episode: "Eclipse"
1997 Platinum Sir Ian Ball-Worthington TV film
1998 Heritage Minute Additional Cast Episode: "Rural Teacher"
1998 Evidence of Blood Granny Dollar TV film
1998 More Tales of the City Mona 'Mother Mucca' Ramsey TV miniseries
1998 Happy Christmas, Miss King Hetty King TV film
1999 Cover Me Caitlin Crawford TV film
1999 Angela Anaconda Grandma Lou (voice) TV series
2001 Further Tales of the City Mona 'Mother Mucca' Ramsey TV miniseries
2001 Smallville Cassandra Carver Episode: "Hourglass"
2002 Pilot's Wife, TheThe Pilot's Wife Julia TV film
2003 Just Cause Lily Zimmer Episode: "Death's Details"
2003 Made in Canada Helga Lemper Episode: "Beaver Creek Valentine"
2003 Mystery Ink True Crimes Performer TV series
2003 Dead Like Me Florence Episode: "Reaping Havoc"
2004 Eleventh Hour, TheThe Eleventh Hour Arlene Garwood Episode: "Georgia"
2004 Winning Season, TheThe Winning Season Mrs. Young TV film
2004 Snow Lorna TV film
2005 Walter Ego TV pilot
2005 Move or Die Mrs. Grimm (voice) Video game
2005 Slings and Arrows Moira Recurring role (3 episodes)
2005 Martha Behind Bars Big Martha TV film
2008 Skip Tracer Florence TV film
2009 Sophie Aunt Sheil Episode: "Stolen Kisses"
2010 Higglety Piggley Pop! or There Must Be More to Life Mother Goose (voice) Video short


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External links

  • Jackie Burroughs at the Internet Movie Database
  • (A publication of The Film Reference Library/a division of the Toronto International Film Festival Group)
  • Images of Jackie Burroughs from the Toronto Telegram fonds at the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections, York University
  • Jackie Burroughs(aveleyman)
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