Jackie Burroughs

Jacqueline "Jackie" Burroughs (2 February 1939 22 September 2010) was an English-born Canadian actress.[1]

Jackie Burroughs
Jacqueline West Burroughs

(1939-02-02)2 February 1939
Died22 September 2010(2010-09-22) (aged 71)
Years active1966 – 2010
Zal Yanovsky
(m. 1961; div. 1968)

Early life

Born in Southport, Lancashire (now Merseyside), England, she emigrated to Canada on August 26, 1948 with her mother Edna, her father Harry and younger brother Gary.


Burroughs started acting in live theatre at Ontario's famous Stratford Festival, including starring as Portia in The Merchant of Venice in 1976.[2] Her film credits included The Dead Zone (1983), The Grey Fox (1982), and a voice-over stint in the legendary animated anthology Heavy Metal (1981), while her TV-series resume includes the roles of Mrs. Amelia Evans in Anne of Green Gables (1985) and Hetty King in Road to Avonlea (1990).

In 1987, Jackie Burroughs produced, directed, co-wrote, and starred in A Winter Tan, a film based on the letters of Maryse Holder, published in 1979 as the book Give Sorrow Words – Maryse Holder's Letters from Mexico, later receiving a Genie Award for best performance by an actress in a leading role for the film, and won several more Genies and Geminis during her career.

Her first award was the 1969 Canadian Film Award for best actress, for starring in the television film Dulcima.

In 2001, she was awarded the Earle Grey Award for her contributions to arts and entertainment over the years by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

In 2005, Burroughs received a Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Canada's highest honour in the performing arts.[3]

Burroughs played the voice of The Spirit in 1985's The Care Bears Movie. She also played teacher Nancy Galik in The Undergrads (1985) opposite Art Carney.

She was perhaps best known to American audiences for her portrayal of the fictional character, Hetty King, in the CBC Television series Road to Avonlea from 1990 to 1996. The series was based on the works of Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery and produced by Sullivan Entertainment. She also played Mother Mucca in the television adaptations of Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City and Further Tales of the City. Burroughs again played a mother role in 2003's Willard.

She appeared in the 2006 film The Sentinel. She also appeared in the Smallville season one episode "Hourglass" as the elderly blind prophetess Cassandra Carver.

Personal life

Burroughs was married to Zalman Yanovsky, co-founder (with John Sebastian) of The Lovin' Spoonful; they separated in 1968. They had one daughter, Zoe (a restaurant owner and author in Kingston).


Burroughs died at her home in Toronto on 22 September 2010, aged 71, after suffering from stomach cancer.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
1966 Notes for a Film About Donna & Gail
1967 The Ernie Game Gail
1970 Twelve and a Half Cents Mother
1971 Eat Anything
1972 A Fan's Notes Betty Blind
1974 Monkeys in the Attic Wanda
1974 125 Rooms of Comfort Bobbie Kidd
1975 My Pleasure Is My Business Old lady at pool Uncredited
1980 The Kidnapping of the President Woman Agent
1981 Heavy Metal Katherine Voice, (segment "Den")
1981 The Intruder Eleanor
1982 The Grey Fox Katherine 'Kate' Flynn
1983 The Wars Miss Davenport
1983 The Dead Zone Vera Smith
1983 Gentle Sinners Mrs. Smith
1983 Chautauqua Girl Mrs. Ferguson
1984 The Surrogate Woman at Anouk's
1985 The Care Bears Movie The Evil Spirit Voice
1986 A Judgment in Stone Joan Smith
1987 A Winter Tan Maryse Holder
1987 John and the Missus Missus
1989 Food of the Gods II Dr. Treger
1989 The Midday Sun Lilian
1990 Whispers Mrs. Yancey
1991 Elizabeth Smart: On the Side of the Angels Elizabeth Smart
1992 Careful Frau Teacher
1997 Bleeders Lexie
1998 Last Night The Runner
1999 Have Mercy Lulu
2000 Washed Up Tosca
2000 How Dinosaurs Learned to Fly Narrator Voice, Short
2001 Lost and Delirious Fay Vaughn
2001 On Their Knees Flora
2002 Night's Noontime Queen Victoria Short
2003 A Guy Thing Aunt Budge
2003 Willard Henrietta Stiles
2003 Rhinoceros Eyes Mrs. Walnut
2003 The Republic of Love Betty Avery
2004 Cavedweller Grandma Windsor
2004 Going the Distance Mother Libby
2004 Re-Generation Grandmother
2005 Fever Pitch Mrs. Warren
2005 King's Ransom Grandma
2005 Bailey's Billion$ Constance Pennington
2005 Leo Felicity Short
2005 Heidi Frau Rottenmeier Voice
2006 The Sentinel Mrs. Miller Uncredited
2006 First Snow Maggie
2006 Deck the Halls Mrs. Ryor
2008 Into the Labyrinth Ariadne
2010 Higglety Pigglety Pop! Mother Goose Voice, Video short
2010 Small Town Murder Songs Olive


Year Title Role Notes
1969 Dulcima Dulcima Gaston Canadian Film Award winner for Best Actress
1970 The Psychiatrist Jane Episode: "God Bless the Children"
1978 Great Performances Maria Mitchell Episode: "Out of Our Father's House"
1981 Chairman of the Board Prof. Hannah Cohen TV series
1985 Evergreen Dorothy TV miniseries
1985 American Playhouse Emmaline Ozmondo Fingal Episode: "Overdrawn at the Memory Bank"
1985 Seduced Mrs. Riordan TV film
1985 The Undergrads Nancy Galik TV film
1985 Star Wars: Ewoks Morag Voice, 13 episodes
1985 Anne of Green Gables Mrs. Amelia Evans TV miniseries
1987 Taking Care of Terrific Mrs. Forbes TV film
1989 The Twilight Zone Jean Reed Episode: "Many, Many Monkeys"
1990-1996 Road to Avonlea Hetty King Main role
1992 Heritage Minutes Narrator Episode: "Rural Teacher"
1993 Night Owl Dr. Matthews TV film
1994 The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon Aggie Recurring role
1995 Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years Ozza Starks Episode: "The Hanging"
1997 Elvis Meets Nixon Dodger TV film
1997 Due South Gladys Caunce Episode: "Eclipse"
1997 Platinum Sir Ian Ball-Worthington TV film
1998 Evidence of Blood Granny Dollar TV film
1998 More Tales of the City Mother Mucca TV miniseries
1998 Happy Christmas, Miss King Hetty King TV film
1999 Cover Me Caitlin Crawford TV miniseries
2001 Further Tales of the City Mother Mucca TV miniseries
2001 Smallville Cassandra Carver Episode: "Hourglass"
2003 Just Cause Lily Zimmer Episode: "Death's Details"
2003 Made in Canada Helga Lemper "Beaver Creek Valentine"
2003 Dead Like Me Florence Episode: "Reaping Havoc"
2004 The Eleventh Hour Arlene Garwood Episode: "Georgia"
2004 The Winning Season Mrs. Young TV film
2004 Snow Lorna TV film
2005 Slings & Arrows Moira 3 episodes
2005 Martha Behind Bars Big Martha TV film
2008 Skip Tracer Florence TV film
2009 Sophie Aunt Sheil Episode: "Stolen Kisses"


  1. "Obituary: Jackie Burroughs dead at 71". The Globe and Mail. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  2. Clive Barnes, "Stage Two at Stratford." New York Times, June 10, 1976.
  3. "Jackie Burroughs - biography". Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  4. "Jackie Burroughs of Road to Avonlea dies". CBC.ca. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
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