Jackie Burroughs

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Jackie Burroughs
Jackie Burroughs.jpg
BornJacqueline Burroughs
(1939-02-02)2 February 1939
Lancashire, England, UK
Died22 September 2010(2010-09-22) (aged 71)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Years active1966–2010
Spouse(s)Zal Yanovsky (1960s–1968)
Children1 daughter
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Jackie Burroughs
Jackie Burroughs.jpg
BornJacqueline Burroughs
(1939-02-02)2 February 1939
Lancashire, England, UK
Died22 September 2010(2010-09-22) (aged 71)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Years active1966–2010
Spouse(s)Zal Yanovsky (1960s–1968)
Children1 daughter

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


Life and career

Born in Lancashire, England, Burroughs acted in live theatre at Ontario's Stratford Festival. Her film credits included The Dead Zone (1982), The Grey Fox (1982), and a voice-over stint in the legendary animated anthology Heavy Metal (1981), while her TV-series résumé 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. She won a Genie award for best performance by an actress in a leading role for the film. She won several Genies and Geminis during her career. Her first award was the 1969 Canadian Film Award for best actress, for starring in the non-feature short film Duclima.

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 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.[1]


1966Notes for a Film About Donna & Gail
1966Purse, TheThe PurseShort film
1967Ernie Game, TheThe Ernie GameGail
1971Eat Anything
1974Running TimeThe Old Lady
1974Monkeys in the AtticWanda
1974125 Rooms of ComfortBobbie Kidd
1975My Pleasure Is My BusinessOld lady at poolUncredited
1977Twelve and a Half CentsMother
1980Kidnapping of the President, TheThe Kidnapping of the PresidentWoman Agent
1981Heavy MetalKatherine (voice)Segment: "Den"
1981Intruder, TheThe IntruderEleanor
1982Grey Fox, TheThe Grey FoxKate
1983Chautauqua GirlMrs. Ferguson
1983Gentle SinnersMrs. Smith
1983Wars, TheThe WarsMiss Davenport
1983Dead Zone, TheThe Dead ZoneVera Smith
1984All the YearsShort film
1984Surrogate, TheThe SurrogateWoman at Anouk's
1985Care Bears Movie, TheThe Care Bears MovieThe Spirit (voice)
1986Judgment in Stone, AA Judgment in StoneJoan Smith
1987John and the MissusMissus
1988Winter Tan, AA Winter TanMaryse Holder
1989Midday Sun, TheThe Midday SunLilian
1989Food of the Gods IIDr. Treger
1990WhispersMrs. Yancey
1991Elizabeth Smart: On the Side of the AngelsElizabeth Smart
1998Last NightThe Runner
1999Have MercyLulu
2000How Dinosaurs Learned to FlyNarrator (voice)Short film
2000Washed UpTosca
2001Lost and DeliriousFay Vaughn
2001On Their KneesFlora
2002Night's NoontimeQueen VictoriaShort film
2003Guy Thing, AA Guy ThingAunt Budge
2003WillardMrs. Stiles
2003Rhinoceros EyesMrs. Walnut
2003Republic of Love, TheThe Republic of LoveBetty
2004CavedwellerGrandma Windsor
2004Going the DistanceMother Libby
2005Bailey's Billion$Constance Pennington
2005Fever PitchMrs. Warren
2005King's RansomGrandma
2005LeoFelicityShort film
2005HeidiFrau Rottenmeier (voice)
2006Sentinel, TheThe SentinelMrs. MillerUncredited
2006First SnowMaggie
2006Deck the HallsMrs. Ryor
2008Into the LabyrinthAriadne
2010Small Town Murder SongsOlive
1966WojeckHeroin AddictEpisode: "All Aboard for Candyland"
1970Hart & Lorne Terrific Hour, TheThe Hart & Lorne Terrific HourTV series
1970Psychiatrist, TheThe PsychiatristJaneEpisode: "God Bless the Children"
1972Norman Corwin PresentsEpisode: "The Discovery"
1978Great PerformancesMaria MitchellEpisode: "Out of Our Father's House"
1980Chairman of the BoardTV film
1981Chairman of the BoardProf. Hannah CohenTV series
1985EvergreenDorothyTV miniseries
1985American PlayhouseEmmaline Ozmondo FingalEpisode: "Overdrawn at the Memory Bank"
1985SeducedMrs. RiordanTV film
1985Undergrads, TheThe UndergradsNancy GalikTV film
1985-1986Star Wars: EwoksMorag the Tulgah Witch (voice)Recurring role (3 episodes)
1985Anne of Green GablesMrs. Amelia EvansTV film
1987Taking Care of TerrificMrs. ForbesTV film
1988I Vant to be AloneTV short
1989Carnival of ShadowsTV film
1989Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight ZoneJean ReedEpisode: "Many, Many Monkeys"
1989Final NoticeTV film
1990-1996Road to AvonleaHetty KingMain role (90 episodes)
1993Night OwlDr. MatthewsTV film
1995Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw YearsOzza StarksEpisode: "The Hanging"
1997O CanadaVoicesTV series
1997Elvis Meets NixonDodgerTV film
1997Due SouthGladys CaunceEpisode: "Eclipse"
1997PlatinumSir Ian Ball-WorthingtonTV film
1998Heritage MinuteAdditional CastEpisode: "Rural Teacher"
1998Evidence of BloodGranny DollarTV film
1998More Tales of the CityMona 'Mother Mucca' RamseyTV miniseries
1998Happy Christmas, Miss KingHetty KingTV film
1999Cover MeCaitlin CrawfordTV film
1999Angela AnacondaTV series
2001Further Tales of the CityMona 'Mother Mucca' RamseyTV miniseries
2001SmallvilleCassandra CarverEpisode: "Hourglass"
2002Pilot's Wife, TheThe Pilot's WifeJuliaTV film
2003Just CauseLily ZimmerEpisode: "Death's Details"
2003Made in CanadaHelga LemperEpisode: "Beaver Creek Valentine"
2003Mystery InkTrue Crimes PerformerTV series
2003Dead Like MeFlorenceEpisode: "Reaping Havoc"
2004Eleventh Hour, TheThe Eleventh HourArlene GarwoodEpisode: "Georgia"
2004Winning Season, TheThe Winning SeasonMrs. YoungTV film
2004SnowLornaTV film
2005Walter EgoTV pilot
2005Move or DieMrs. Grimm (voice)Video game
2005Slings and ArrowsMoiraRecurring role (3 episodes)
2005Martha Behind BarsBig MarthaTV film
2008Skip TracerFlorenceTV film
2009SophieAunt SheilEpisode: "Stolen Kisses"
2010Higglety Piggley Pop! or There Must Be More to LifeMother Goose (voice)Video short


  1. ^ "Jackie Burroughs of Road to Avonlea dies". CBC.ca. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-22. 

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