Shirley Douglas, the actress and winner of the Gemini Prize, passed away at the age of 86. The news was revealed by her son, actor Kiefer Sutherland, with a heartbreaking post on his Twitter account. "Early this morning, my mother, Shirley Douglas, passed away from complications related to pneumonia," writes Sutherland. He also adds: My mother was an extraordinary woman who led an extraordinary life. Unfortunately, she had been fighting for her health for quite some time and we as a family knew that this day would come. "
Born in Saskatchewan in 1934, Douglas celebrated her 86th birthday just a few days ago. She is the daughter of former Saskatchewan Prime Minister Tommy Douglas, although Shirley was attracted to acting like a girl. Officially, she began working as an actress in 1950 with a role in the Dominion Drama Festival, managing to win a best actress award with her debut performance. She further honed her craft at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, where she graduated in 1952, and then appeared on various television and theater shows in England with her early career.
In 1962, Douglas assumed one of his most memorable early roles when he appeared in the famous Stanley Kubrick film. Lolita. In the film, he played the piano teacher, Mrs. Starch. She also had a starring role as a family matriarch in the comedy series. Wind on my back, which ran from 1996 to 2001. Some of her other known roles include playing the titular feminist in the television movie. Nellie McClung, Mayor Riley in the Canadian legal drama Legal streetand grandma in the children's movie Barney's great adventure. Douglas would also provide voices for the animated shows. Flash Gordon Y Silver surferand narrated the children's television series Franklin. In 2000, he won the Gemini Prize for his role in the television movie. Lake of shadows.
Douglas is also famous for her activism that dates back several decades, following her move to Los Angeles in the late 1960s. She was one of the first advocates of the United States Civil Rights Movement and spoke out against the War of Vietnam. She is known for her work with the Black Panthers, which led to her arrest in 1969 for allegedly attempting to purchase hand grenades for use by the group. Although Douglas professed her innocence and said she was accused, the United States government denied her work permit, essentially forcing her to leave the country and return to Canada with her children. More recently, Douglas had expressed his support for Canada's universal health system, which was appropriate since his late father had been the one who brought Medicare to Canada.
Douglas' survivors include sons Thomas Sicks and Kiefer Sutherland; daughter Rachel Sutherland; and granddaughter Sarah Sutherland. We send your condolences at this difficult time. Clearly a talented woman with a good heart, her passing causes a great loss to the world, and she will be deeply missed. Rest in peace. This news comes to us from Kiefer Sutherland on Twitter.