Frances Hyland Canadian stage, film and television actress. She earned recognition for roles on stage (including ten seasons with Stratford Festival) and screen (including her performance as Nanny Louisa on Road to Avonlea). Honoured with the Governor General's Performing Arts Award in 1994, she was called "the first lady of Canadian theatre".(April 25, 1927 – July 11, 2004) was a
|Born||April 25, 1927|
Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Died||July 11, 2004 (aged 77)|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Early life and educationEdit
Hyland was born in 1927 in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, a small town south-west of Swift Current, to Jessie (née Worden), a teacher, and Thomas Hyland, a salesman. She lived there until her parents divorced when she was one year old. She was raised by her mother's family in Ogema, Saskatchewan. When she was seven, she moved to Regina when her parents tried, and failed, to save their marriage. She had no relationship with her father after 1937.
Her mother put herself through teacher's college to support her daughter's acting career. Hyland's dreams were clouded because her family did not have a great deal of money, thus she was unable to get an adequate education. Nevertheless, she always believed that she could achieve her dreams.
In 1954, she returned to Canada to perform as Isabella in the Stratford Festival production of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure. She became a regular at the festival, performing in ten seasons. Her roles there included Isabella (in Measure for Measure), Portia (in The Merchant of Venice), Olivia (in Twelfth Night), Perdita (in The Winter's Tale), Desdemona (in Othello) and Ophelia in (in Hamlet). She directed the Stratford Festival's 1979 production of Othello. She also performed with the Shaw Festival and on Broadway (opposite Tony Perkins in Look Homeward, Angel).
Hyland was considered a "champion" of Canadian actors' campaign for higher status and pay.
Awards and honoursEdit
In 1970, Hyland was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 1994, Hyland received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award, Canada's highest honour in the performing arts, for her lifetime contribution to Canadian theatre.
|1966||Each Day That Comes||Short|
|1972||Another Smith for Paradise||Marie Smith|
|1980||The Changeling||Mrs. Grey|
|The Hounds of Notre Dame||Mother Therese|
|1981||Happy Birthday to Me||Mrs. Patterson|
|1993||The Lotus Eaters||Flora Kingswood|
|1995||Never Talk to Strangers||Mrs. Slotnick|
|1950-54||Sunday Night Theatre||Megan Owen / Sonia / Penelope Blessington||4 Episodes: Deep Are the Roots, Adam's Apple, Crime and Punishment, The Gift|
|1955||Scope||1 Episode: Prelude to Marriage|
|On Camera||1 Episode: The Queen's Ring|
|1955-61||Encounter||Nellie / Shevawn Flaherty / Melissa Turner||6 Episodes|
|1957||Twelfth Night||Lady Olivia||TV Movie|
|1957-59||Folio||Zuzushka / Mariana / Frances||3 Episodes: Proud Passage, The Master of Santiago, Ivanov|
|1958||Till Death Do Us Part||1 Episode: Panic at Parth Bay|
|1959||Hudson's Bay||Susan Murray||1 Episode: Bosom Friends|
|1959-60||The Unforeseen||Martha||3 Episodes: The Storm, The Wreath, Desire|
|R.C.M.P.||Lucy Dodds / Mrs.Phillips||2 Episodes: The Replacement, The Hunt|
|1960||Suspense||Ethel||1 Episode: Love Story|
|Startime||Miss Miller / Catherine Stockmann||2 Episodes: An Enemy of the People, An Enemy of the People|
|1960-62||Festival||Margot / Duchess / Olga||5 Episodes|
|1962||First Person||1 Episode: My Home Is Here|
|Salt of the Earth||TV Movie|
|1961-62||Playdate||Ethel / Nellie Bancroft / Alice||3 Episodes: The Salt of the Earth, The Vigilante, Love Story 1910|
|1967||The Mystery Maker||1 Episode|
|1973-80||The Beachcombers||Sadie||4 Episodes: Sadie, Keep Your Shirt On, The Sasquatch Walks by Night, Sadie is a Lady|
|1974||The Naked Mind||1 Episode|
|1978||Home to Stay||Aunt Martha||TV Movie|
|1979||The Albertans||Marjanne Hardin||TV Movie|
|The Great Detective||Mrs. Eglantyne||1 Episode: Death Takes a Curtain Call|
|1980||Matt and Jenny||Martha Jane||1 Episode: A Woman's Place|
|1981||Tales of the Haunted||Dody||TV Movie|
|Titans||Elizabeth I.||1 Episode: Elizabeth I.|
|1983||Pygmalion||Mrs. Higgins||TV Movie|
|1985||The Hearst and Davies Affair||Rose Duras||TV Movie|
|1986||Kay O'Brien||Dr. Sarah McDonovan||1 Episode: Princess of the City|
|1987||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Edith Ferris||1 Episode: The Impatient Patient|
|1988||Liberace: Behind the Music||Florence Bettray Kelly||TV Movie|
|The Twilight Zone||Laura Kincaid||1 Episode: Dream Me a Life|
|Night Heat||Marie||1 Episode: No Regrets|
|Lonely Knights||Maggie||TV Movie|
|1989||Glory! Glory!||Velma||TV Movie|
|1990||E.N.G.||Thelma||1 Episode: Division of Labour|
|1990-95||Avonlea||Nanny Louisa Banks||3 Episodes: The Journey Begins, Sara's Homecoming, Comings and Goings|
|1993||Survive the Night||TV Movie|
|The Hidden Room||Rita||1 Episode: After the Crash|
|1993-94||Street Legal||Caroline Diamond||3 Episodes: Thicker Than Water, Forgiveness, Persons Living or Dead|
|1994||Lonesome Dove||Clementine Coffey||1 Episode: Duty Bound|
|Broken Lullaby||Maria||TV Movie|
|Tales from the Cryptkeeper||Aunt Melva||2 Episodes: The Avenging Phantom/Myth Conceptions, The Haunted Mine|
|Lives of Girls & Women||Aunt Grace||TV Movie|
|1995||Due South||Fraser's Grandmother||1 Episode: Letting Go|
|When the Dark Man Calls||Dr. Martha Petrie||TV Movie|
|1996||Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal||Catherine Cartwright||1 Episode: Reptilian Revenge/Ghostly Voices|
|1997||A Prayer in the Dark||Anna||TV Movie|
|I'll Be Home for Christmas||Thelma Jenkins||TV Movie|
|1996||Moonlight Becomes You||Nuala Moore||TV Movie|
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