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Francis Hyland


B: April 25, 1927 in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan
D: July 11, 2004 in Toronto, Ontario

Frances Hyland was born in Saskatchewan two years before the great stock market crash of 1929 and grew up in the dust bowl era of the so-called Dirty Thirties. While these times forced many to leave their homes and many more to leave school at an early age, she stayed in school, graduated, and went on to study at the University of Saskatchewan. Having exhibited quite a bit of talent, she received a scholarship sponsored by the Order of the Daughters of the Empire, the Regina Little Theatre and the Princess Patricia Club to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in England. She graduated with a silver medal and made her professional debut in London in A Streetcar Named Desire.

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