The loss of an icon

2016 has struck again, this time taking Canadian theatre and television icon, Janet Wright. Yesterday, CTV announced the passing of Wright, an award winning screen and stage actor.

Wright, born in England in 1945, settled in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with her family at a young age. It didn’t take long before the acting bug bit, leading Wright to act and direct in productions across the country. She has been associated with almost every major theatre company in Canada, including Vancouver Arts Club Theatre and Ontario’s Stratford Festival. In 1974, she co-found Saskatoon’s Persephone Theatre with her sister, Susan.

More recently, Wright was known for her role as Emma Leroy on CTV’s long running comedy series “Corner Gas”, which ran for six seasons until 2009 before returning with a movie in 2014. This role led her to win a 2006 Canadian Comedy Award.

Along with her family, Wright started the Rachel Davis Foundation in honour of her late daughter. The foundation awards young people who have demonstrated an outstanding act of kindness or compassion.

Those of us from Magnetic North Theatre Festival are mourning the loss of a wonderful Canadian talent today. We send thoughts and best wishes to Janet’s family and dear friends.

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