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Joan Orenstein

Joan Orenstein
Born Joan Travell
(1923-12-04)December 4, 1923
London, England, UK
Died October 10, 2009(2009-10-10) (aged 85)
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Henry Orenstein; five daughters

Joan Orenstein (December 4, 1923 – October 10, 2009)[1] was a British-born Canadian actress, primarily on stage, although she performed in other media. One of her best-known roles was in the 1997 film The Hanging Garden as the dotty old grandmother, Grace.


  • Acting career 1
  • Family 2
  • Awards 3
    • Atlantic Film Festival 3.1
    • Genie Awards 3.2
  • Theatre work 4
  • Filmography 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Acting career

Joan Travell was born in 1923 in London, and emigrated to Canada in the 1940s after World War II.[2]

She acted across Canada but mostly acted for Halifax's Neptune Theatre. She also performed lead roles on most of the major Canadian stages, including the Centaur Theatre, the National Arts Centre, the Belfry Theatre, the Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Calgary, the Shaw Festival, the Canadian Stage and the Manitoba Theatre Centre. She also performed on television, in film, on radio and in the recording industry.


She was married to Henry Orenstein, an artist and CBC production designer. They had five daughters, including actress Sarah Orenstein, a Dora Award winner, dancer Cia Tweel and designer Edie Orenstein.


Atlantic Film Festival

  • Atlantic Canadian Award Best Acting - Female (winner) for: The Hanging Garden (1997)
  • Atlantic Canadian Award Outstanding Performance by an Actress (winner) for: The Event (2003)

Genie Awards

  • Genie Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (nominated) for: The Hanging Garden (1997)

Theatre work

  • Centaur Theatre
    • Juno and the Paycock
    • People Are Living There
    • Stone Angel
    • Road to Mecca
    • Albertine
    • In Five Times
    • La Sagouine
  • Neptune Theatre
    • Forever Yours
    • Marie-Lou
    • Memories of You
  • Belfry Theatre
    • The Magnificent Voyage of Emily Carr
    • If We Are Women
  • Vancouver East Cultural Centre
    • Song of this Place (with daughter Sarah Orenstein)


  • Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion (2003)
  • The Event, (2003)
  • Hunger Point (2003)
  • Baba's House (2002)
  • Emily of New Moon: Eye of Heaven & Storms of the Heart, 1998
  • Emily of New Moon: Paradise Lost & The Enchanted Doll, 1998
  • Emily of New Moon: The Wild Rover, The Ghost of Whyther Grange & A Child Shall Lead Them, 1998
  • Emily of New Moon: A Winter's Tale & The Sound of Silence, 1998
  • The Hanging Garden, 1997
  • Never Too Late, 1997
  • Henry & Verlin, 1994


  1. ^ "Stage great Joan Orenstein dies"., October 19, 2009.
  2. ^ Orenstein, Joan, Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia.

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