Ann-Marie MacDonald

Ann-Marie MacDonald OC (born October 29, 1958) is a Canadian playwright, novelist, actress and broadcast host who lives in 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.[1]

Ann-Marie MacDonald

MacDonald at the Eden Mills Writers' Festival in 2015
Born (1958-10-29) October 29, 1958
CFB Baden-Soellingen, West Germany
OccupationPlaywright, novelist, actress, broadcast host
Notable worksGoodnight Desdemona
Fall on Your Knees
The Way the Crow Flies
Adult Onset
SpouseAlisa Palmer

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,[2] the Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award[3] and the Canadian Authors Association Drama Award[4] 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.

Her 2003 novel, The Way the Crow Flies, was partly inspired by the Steven Truscott case. Her novel Adult Onset was released in 2014 and is so far translated into five languages.

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".[5]

MacDonald is married to playwright and theatre director Alisa Palmer.[6][7]






Television (as actress or host)

Television (as writer)

See also


  1. Helen Chryssides, "Prose, plays and the joy of creating", The Canberra Times, April 9, 2000, p. 20
  2. Penfield III, Wilder (January 28, 1991). "The Winning Ann-Marie: From Gemini to Governor General's Award". Toronto Sun. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. p. 78.
  3. Crew, Robert (November 4, 1989). "All in a Goodnight's work for busy playwright/actor". Toronto Star. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. p. J3.
  4. Schiefer, Nancy (August 10, 1996). "Novel-Playwright's First Book Has Tremendous Appeal". The London Free Press. London, Ontario, Canada. p. D6.
  5. "Governor General Announces 103 New Appointments to the Order of Canada". Canada Newswire. December 27, 2018. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  6. 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.
  7. "Author Spotlight: Ann-Marie MacDonald". Archived from the original on January 12, 2012. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
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