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Barbara Hamilton


B: December 11, 1926 in Kingston, Ontario
D: February 7, 1996 in Toronto, Ontario

Barbara Hamilton attended the University of Toronto and began her career at Hart House Theatre before starting her professional career in a production of Arsenic and Old Lace at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. She was known as the funniest woman in Canada, with a face that could cause hilarity and a voice that easily carried to the back of the hall as well as across the stage. Hamilton created the role of Marilla in the first Charlottetown Festival production of Anne of Green Gables. She was a recipient of the coveted Earle Grey Award in 1993. To honour her long contribution to the stage, the Dora Mavor Moore Awards created the Barbara Hamilton Memorial Award in 1996 to be given to those legends in Canadian Show Business who have demonstrated “excellence and professionalism in the performing arts.”

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Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

A Song is Born (1948)

The Lady Craved Excitement (1950)
Come Dance With Me (1950)
Is It a Woman’s World (1956, short)
Anne of Green Gables (TV-1956)
A Dangerous Age (1958)

How To Make More Money Than Men (TV-1960, General Motors Theatre)
One Plus One (1961)

The Year of the Yahoo! (1972)
Lost and Found (1979)

B.C.: A Special Christmas (TV-1981, short)
Hot Paint (TV-1988)
Glory! Glory! (TV-1989)
Clarence (TV-1990)

Change of Heart (1993)
Shining Time Station: Once Upon a Time (TV-1994)
Shining Time Station: One of the Family (TV-1994)
Shining Time Station: Queen for a Day (TV-1994)
Shining Time Station: Second Chances (TV-1994)
Car 54, Where Are You (1994)
Bogus (1996)

TV Series – Cast:
Anne of Green Gables (1972, mini-series)

Check It Out (1985-1986)
Shining Time Station (1989)
Babar (1989, voice)
Road to Avonlea (1989-1996)

TV Series – Guest Appearances:
Stopwatch and Listen (1952)
Sunshine Sketches (1952)
Howdy Doody (1954)
On Camera (1957)

Just Mary (1960)
Razzle Dazzle (1961)
The Forest Rangers (1964)

Delilah (1973)
And That’s the News, Goodnight (1974)
The Naked Mind (1974)
Mathmakers (1978)

Sanford (1981)
Gimme a Break! (1983)
Today’s Special (1984, 1985)
Night Heat (1985)
Seeing Things (1986)
Diamonds (1987, 1988)
The Elephant Show (1988)
C.O.P.S. (1988)
Street Legal (1989)

E.N.G. (1990, 1991)
Katts and Dog (1991)
The Mighty Jungle (1994)