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Cause of death  Breast cancer
Name  Linda Griffiths
Nationality  Canadian
Role  Actress
Occupation  Actress, playwright
Plays  Maggie & Pierre
Years active  1980–2014

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Full Name  Linda Pauline Griffiths
Born  7 October 1953 (1953-10-07) Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Alma mater  Dawson College National Theatre School McGill University
Died  September 21, 2014, Toronto, Canada
Movies  Lianna, Overdrawn at the Memory Bank, Sword of Gideon
Education  McGill University, Dawson College
Books  The Duchess - aka Wal, Alien Creature, The Darling Family, Sheer Nerve: Seven Pl, Maggie and Pierre & the Duc
Similar People  Paul Thompson, John Sayles, Michael Anderson, Charles Dennis, Martin Lavut

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Linda Pauline Griffiths (7 October 1953 – 21 September 2014) was a Canadian actress and playwright best known for writing and starring in the one woman play Maggie and Pierre in which she portrayed both Pierre Trudeau and his then-estranged wife Margaret. Among her cinematic work, she is best known for her acclaimed, starring role in Lianna.


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Early life

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Griffiths was born in Montreal, Quebec. Following her studies at St. Thomas High School in Pointe Claire, she attended Dawson College, the National Theatre School for one year, and McGill University. She is best known for her 1980 one-woman play Maggie and Pierre, cowritten with Paul Thompson, in which she played both Pierre Trudeau and Margaret Trudeau as well as a fictional journalist named Henry. The play toured across Canada, including at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, and also had an off-Broadway run in New York City.


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Best known as a stage actor, she also did television and film work, including episodes of the TV series Empire, Inc., Friday the 13th: The Series, Street Legal, Katts and Dog, Beyond Reality, Due South, Traders and Twice in a Lifetime. She had the starring role in John Sayles' 1983 film Lianna, and also appeared in the films Samuel Lount, Reno and the Doc and Overdrawn at the Memory Bank.

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In 1997, she formed her own company Duchess Productions, which produced a tour of Alien Creature, as well as developing and associate-producing The Duchess, Alien Creature, Chronic, and her last play, Age of Arousal.

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As co-author of The Book of Jessica (written with native author and activist Maria Campbell), Griffiths and Campbell created a new hybrid of theatre book, one which included the play Jessica, as well as the personal and political process of its creation. Griffiths has also created collective work (Paper Wheat, Les Maudits Anglais) and published short stories (The Speed Christmas, Spiral Woman).

Sheer Nerve, a collection of seven of her plays, was published in 1999.


Griffiths died on the morning of 21 September 2014 at Toronto's Bridgepoint Health centre. She had breast cancer.

While public records gave her birth year as 1956, CBC quoted her friend and caretaker, Layne Coleman, as saying her actual birthdate was 7 October 1953.


Griffiths garnered five Dora Mavor Moore Awards through her career, winning Outstanding New Play four times for Maggie and Pierre (1980), O.D. on Paradise (1983), Jessica (1986) and Alien Creature (2000), and Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role for Maggie and Pierre (1980). She was also a two-time winner of the Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award for Jessica and Alien Creature, and a two-time nominee for the Governor General's Award for English-language drama for The Darling Family (1991) and Alien Creature.

She was nominated for a Genie Award for Best Actress in 1985 for Reno and the Doc.


  • Maggie & Pierre (1980; with Paul Thompson)
  • O.D. on Paradise (1982)
  • Jessica (1986; with Maria Campbell)
  • The Darling Family (1991)
  • A Game of Inches (1991)
  • Brother André's Heart (1992)
  • Spiral Women and the Dirty Theatre (1993)
  • The Duchess a.k.a. Wallis Simpson (1997)
  • Alien Creature: A Visitation from Gwendolyn MacEwen (1999)
  • Chronic (2003)
  • Baby Finger (2005)
  • Age of Arousal (2007)
  • The Last Dog of War (2010)
  • Heaven Above, Heaven Below (2013)
  • References

    Linda Griffiths Wikipedia