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Name: Colleen Dewhurst                                                             
Born: 3 June 1924 Montreal, Quebec, Canada                                         
Died: 22 August 1991 South Salem, New York, U.S.                                   
Colleen Dewhurst (June 3, 1924 – August 22, 1991) was a Canadian actress known   
for playing Marilla Cuthbert in the various Anne of Green Gables productions       
from Sullivan Entertainment.                                                       
Dewhurst was born in Montreal, Quebec, the only child of a hockey player turned     
businessman and his homemaker wife. Her mother was a practitioner of Christian     
Science. Dewhurst was raised in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, a suburb of               
Milwaukee, where she attended Whitefish Bay High School and the Milwaukee-Downer   
Her breakthrough stage role, which made her a major success, came in 1974 after     
27 years of acting, when she appeared in Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the           
Misbegotten as "Josie Hogan". She interpreted many roles in O'Neill plays. She     
also received great acclaim for her appearance opposite her then-husband, George   
C. Scott, in a 1971 television adaptation of Arthur Miller's The Price, on the     
Hallmark Hall of Fame. In 1977, Woody Allen cast her in his film Annie Hall as     
Annie's mother.                                                                     
She was president of the Actors' Equity Association from 1985 until her 1991       
death from cervical cancer at the age of 67. Dewhurst's Christian Science           
beliefs led to her refusal to countenance any kind of surgical treatment.           
Over the course of her 45 year career, Dewhurst won the 1974 Sarah Siddons Award   
for her work in Chicago theatre, two Tony Awards, two Obies and two Gemini         
Awards. In 1989 she won the Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a     
Supporting Role for her role in Hitting Home. She was nominated for an Emmy         
Award on twelve occasions, she won four:                                           
1989 & 1991 : "Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series" for Murphy Brown       
1989 : "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special" for Those     
She Left Behind                                                                     
1986 : "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special" for Between   
Two Women