Ann-Marie MacDonald (born October 29, 1958) is a Canadian playwright, novelist, actress and broadcast host who lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The daughter of a member of Canada's military, she was born at an air force base near Baden-Baden, West Germany. She is of Lebanese descent through her mother.
MacDonald at the Eden Mills Writers' Festival in 2015
October 29, 1958 |
CFB Baden-Soellingen, West Germany
|Occupation||Playwright, novelist, actor, broadcast host|
|Notable works||Goodnight Desdemona
Fall on Your Knees
The Way the Crow Flies
MacDonald won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for her first novel, Fall on Your Knees, which was selected as a "pick" for Oprah Winfrey's Book Club. She received the Governor General's Award for Drama, the Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award and the Canadian Authors Association Award for her play, Goodnight Desdemona.
MacDonald hosted the CBC documentary series Life and Times for seven seasons and CBC's flagship documentary program, Doc Zone for eight. She appeared in the films I've Heard the Mermaids Singing and Better Than Chocolate, among others.
She was the inaugural Mordecai Richler Reading Room Writer in Residence at Concordia University, and she coaches students in the Acting and Playwriting Programs at the National Theatre School of Canada.
- Goodnight Desdemona – 1988 (play)
- The Arab's Mouth – 1990 (play)
- Nigredo Hotel – 1992 (opera libretto)
- The Attic, the Pearls and Three Fine Girls – 1995 (play, co-authored with 5 others)
- Anything That Moves – 2000 (book and lyrics for musical)
- Belle Moral – 2004 (play; a substantially revised version of The Arab's Mouth (above))
- Where the Spirit Lives (1989)
- Helen Chryssides, "Prose, plays and the joy of creating", The Canberra Times, April 9, 2000, p. 20
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