Shirley Douglas Bio – Wiki
Shirley Douglas was a Canadian television, film and stage actress and activist. Her acting career combined with her family name made her recognizable in Canadian film, television, and national politics.
She was born on 2 April 1934 in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada. Her birth name was Shirley Jean Douglas. Shirley died on 5 April 2020 at the age of 86.
Cause of Death
Actor Kiefer Sutherland has confirmed that his mother Shirley Douglas has died.
The 24 star tweeted the news, revealing that his mother, who was both a well-known actress and activist, had died due to pneumonia complications that were not related to COVID-19.
Kiefer Sutherland Statement
He said: “My mother was an extraordinary woman who led an extraordinary life. Sadly she had been battling for her health for quite some time and we, as a family, knew this day was coming.
“To any families who have lost loved ones unexpectedly to the coronavirus, my heart breaks for you. Please stay safe.”
— Kiefer Sutherland (@RealKiefer) April 5, 2020
She was the daughter of Irma May and Tommy Douglas, the late Scottish-born Canadian statesman, Premier of Saskatchewan and the first leader of the federal New Democratic Party
Shirley attended high school at Central Collegiate Institute (now closed) in Regina. Douglas attended the Banff School of Fine Arts.
Her acting career began in 1950 with a role in the Regina Little Theatre entry at the Dominion Drama Festival, where she won the best actress award.
In 1952 Shirley graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and stayed in England for several years, performing for theatre and television, before returning to Canada in 1957.
She continued to act; and her career encompassed several memorable roles on stages in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. She portrayed prominent feminist Nellie McClung, family matriarch and businesswoman May Bailey in the television series Wind at My Back, Hagar Shipley in Margaret Laurence’s The Stone Angel, and even characters in popular science fiction series like The Silver Surfer and Flash Gordon.
Douglas appeared on stage in 1997 with her son Kiefer Sutherland at the Royal Alexandra Theatre and at the National Arts Centre in The Glass Menagerie. In 2000, she performed on stage in The Vagina Monologues. In 2006, she portrayed former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in the ABC mini-series The Path to 9/11.
In 2003, for her contributions to the performing arts, she was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Husband & Children
Douglas was the mother of three children: Thomas Emil Sicks from her marriage to Canadian prairie brewery heir Timothy Emil Sicks and twins Rachel Sutherland and Kiefer Sutherland from her second marriage to Canadian actor Donald Sutherland (1966–70).