Ann-Marie MacDonald Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The daughter of a member of Canada's military, she was born at an air force base near Baden-Baden, West Germany. She is of Lebanese descent through her mother.(born October 29, 1958) is a Canadian playwright, novelist, actress and broadcast host who lives in
MacDonald at the Eden Mills Writers' Festival in 2015
|Born||October 29, 1958|
CFB Baden-Soellingen, West Germany
|Occupation||Playwright, novelist, actress, broadcast host|
|Notable works||Goodnight Desdemona|
Fall on Your Knees
The Way the Crow Flies
MacDonald won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for her first novel, Fall on Your Knees, which was selected as a "pick" for Oprah Winfrey's Book Club. She received the Governor General's Award for Drama, the Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award and the Canadian Authors Association Drama Award for her play, Goodnight Desdemona. MacDonald hosted the CBC documentary series Life and Times for seven seasons and CBC's flagship documentary program, Doc Zone for eight. She appeared in the films I've Heard the Mermaids Singing and Better Than Chocolate, among others.
She was the inaugural Mordecai Richler Reading Room Writer in Residence at Concordia University, and she coaches students in the Acting and Playwriting Programs at the National Theatre School of Canada.
In December 2018, MacDonald was named as an Officer of the Order of Canada, in recognition of "her multi-faceted contributions to the arts in Canada and for her advocacy of LGBTQ+ and women's rights".
MacDonald is married to playwright and theatre director Alisa Palmer.
- This is For You, Anna - 1983 (play, collective creation)
- Nancy Drew, The Case of the Missing Mother - 1984 (play, co-authored with Beverley Cooper)
- Clue in the Fast Lane - 1985 (play, co-authored with Beverley Cooper)
- Goodnight Desdemona – 1988 (play)
- The Arab's Mouth – 1990 (play)
- Nigredo Hotel – 1992 (opera libretto)
- The Attic, the Pearls and Three Fine Girls – 1995 (play, co-authored with 5 others)
- Anything That Moves – 2000 (book and lyrics for musical)
- Belle Moral – 2004 (play; a substantially revised version of The Arab's Mouth (above))
- The Wars (1983)
- Unfinished Business (1984)
- I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987)
- Where the Spirit Lives (1989)
- Where the Heart Is (1990)
- Paint Cans (1994)
- Getting Away with Murder (1996)
- Better Than Chocolate (1999)
- The Girlfriend Interviews (short, 2001)
- Interviews with My Next Girlfriend (short, 2002)
Television (as actress or host)
- Rubberface (TV movie, 1981)
- Mafia Princess (TV movie, 1986)
- Hot Shots (TV series, 1986)
- Airwolf (TV series, 1987)
- Adderly (TV series, 1987)
- Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future (TV series, 1987)
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV series, 1987–1989)
- Diamonds (TV series, 1988)
- Rin Tin Tin: K-9 Cop (TV series, 1988–1991)
- Street Legal (TV series, 1990)
- Beyond Reality (TV series, 1991–1992)
- E.N.G. (TV series, 1992–1993)
- Shattered Trust: The Shari Karney Story (TV movie, 1993)
- The Babymaker: The Dr. Cecil Jacobson Story (TV movie, 1994)
- Due South (TV series, 1995)
- Friends at Last (TV movie, 1995)
- Her Desperate Choice (TV movie, 1996)
- Life and Times (TV documentary series host, 1996–2006)
- Too Close to Home (TV movie, 1997)
- A Taste of Shakespeare (TV series, 1997)
- The Industry (TV series, 2003)
- The Unsexing of Emma Edmonds (TV movie, 2004)
- The L Word (TV series, 2006)
- Slings & Arrows (TV series, 2006)
- Doc Zone (TV documentary series host, 2009–2015)
- Helen Chryssides, "Prose, plays and the joy of creating", The Canberra Times, April 9, 2000, p. 20
- Penfield III, Wilder (January 28, 1991). "The Winning Ann-Marie: From Gemini to Governor General's Award". Toronto Sun. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. p. 78.
- Crew, Robert (November 4, 1989). "All in a Goodnight's work for busy playwright/actor". Toronto Star. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. p. J3.
- Schiefer, Nancy (August 10, 1996). "Novel-Playwright's First Book Has Tremendous Appeal". The London Free Press. London, Ontario, Canada. p. D6.
- "Governor General Announces 103 New Appointments to the Order of Canada". Canada Newswire. December 27, 2018. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
- Cole, Susan G. (September 25 – October 1, 2003). "Ann-Marie MacDonald". Now Toronto. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved September 7, 2007.
- "Author Spotlight: Ann-Marie MacDonald". Archived from the original on January 12, 2012. Retrieved October 28, 2019.