Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

September 23, 2010 13:59 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Passing of Jackie Burroughs

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 23, 2010) - It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Jackie Burroughs, one of Canada's most renowned stage and screen actresses.

Taking on roles ranging from the Shakespearean to the avant-garde and from blushing ingénues to ancient crones, Jackie Burroughs appeared in several award-winning television series and made more than 75 feature films. Memorable television roles included Aunt Hetty in the popular television series Road to Avonlea, and Mother Mucca in Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City and Further Tales of the City. Ms. Burroughs was honoured for her body of work with both the 2001 Earle Grey Award at the Geminis and the 2005 Governor General's Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. Her fearless, focused artistry will be sadly missed by colleagues and audiences alike.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I extend my deepest sympathy to Ms. Burroughs' family and friends.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Jean-Luc Benoit
    Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    jean-luc.benoit@pch.gc.ca