Linda Griffiths (Linda Pauline Griffiths)

Linda Griffiths

Linda Griffiths was born in Montreal, Quebec. Following her studies at St. Thomas High School, she attended Dawson College, the National Theatre School for one year, and McGill University. She is best known for her 1980 one-woman play Maggie and Pierre, cowritten with Paul Thompson, in which she played both Pierre Trudeau and Margaret Trudeau as well as a fictional journalist named Henry. The play toured across Canada, including at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto, and also had an off-Broadway run in New York City. Best known as a stage actor, she has also done television and film work, including episodes of the TV series Empire, Inc., Friday the 13th: The Series, Street Legal, Katts and Dog, Beyond Reality, Due South, Traders and Twice in a Lifetime. She had the starring role in John Sayles’ 1983 film Lianna, and also appeared in the films Empire, Inc. and Overdrawn at the Memory Bank. In 1997, she formed her own company Duchess Productions, which produced a tour of Alien Creature, as well as developing and associate-producing The Duchess, Alien Creature, Chronic, and her last play, Age of Arousal. As co-author of The Book of Jessica (written with native author and activist Maria Campbell), Griffiths and Campbell created a new hybrid of theatre book, one which included the play Jessica, as well as the personal and political process of its creation. Griffiths has also created collective work (Paper Wheat, Les Maudits Anglais) and published short stories (The Speed Christmas, Spiral Woman). Sheer Nerve, a collection of seven of her plays, was published in 1999. Linda Griffiths died on the morning of 21 September 2014 at Toronto’s Bridgepoint Health centre. She had breast cancer. While public records gave her birth year as 1956, CBC quoted her friend and caretaker, Layne Coleman, as saying her actual birthdate was 7 October 1953.

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  • October, 07, 1953
  • Canada
  • Montreal, Quebec


  • September, 21, 2014
  • Canada
  • Toronto, Ontario

Cause of Death

  • breast cancer

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