Monique Mercure

Marie Lise Monique Émond CC (born 14 November 1930), better known as Monique Mercure, is a Canadian stage and screen actress.[1][2] She is one of the country's great actors of the classical and modern repertory. In 1977, Mercure won a Cannes Film Festival Award and a Canadian Film Award for her performance in the drama film J.A. Martin Photographer.

Monique Mercure

Marie Lise Monique Émond

(1930-11-14) 14 November 1930
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Other namesMonique Émond
EducationCégep de Saint-Laurent
Years active1947–present
Pierre Mercure
(m. 1949; div. 1958)


Mercure was born Monique Émond in Montreal, Quebec. She was born to Eugene and Yvonne (née Williams) Emond. Her parents enrolled her as a young child in diction, tap dancing, musical theory and cello classes. She married Pierre Mercure in 1949; the couple had three children.[3]

She studied music and dance, before sampling the theater in the company of St. Lawrence College. In 1960 she held her first major role in replacing an Actress in The Threepenny Opera.


At the 1977 Cannes Film Festival she won the award for Best Actress for the film J.A. Martin Photographer.[4] She won the Canadian Film Award for Best Actress for the same film that same year.

In 1978, she received a Canadian Film Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 29th Canadian Film Awards for The Third Walker.[5]

In 1979, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 1993.

At the 4th Genie Awards in 1983, she was a Best Actress nominee for Beyond Forty (La Quarantaine).

In 1992 she won a Genie Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Fadela in Naked Lunch. In 1999, she won another Best Supporting Actress Genie for her role as Grace Gallagher in Conquest.[6]

Mercure has received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement,[7] the Prix Denise Pelletier and the Prix Gascon Roux du Théâtre du Nouveau Monde. In 2006, she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.Profile,; accessed August 27, 2015.


  1. "Monique Mercure". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  2. "Monique Mercure". Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  3. Profile,; accessed August 27, 2015.
  4. "Festival de Cannes: J.A. Martin Photographer". Retrieved 2009-05-10.
  5. "Four films nominated for Etrogs". The Globe and Mail, August 24, 1978.
  6. Biography Archived 2015-08-29 at the Wayback Machine,; accessed August 27, 2015.(in French)
  7. "Monique Mercure biography". Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation. Retrieved August 27, 2015.

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