Shirley Douglas, Canadian Actor and Activist, Dies of Pneumonia at 86

  • Shirley Douglas, Canadian Actor and Activist, Dies of Pneumonia at 86

Shirley Douglas, Canadian Actor and Activist, Dies of Pneumonia at 86

Shirley Douglas, a Canadian actress and mother of Kiefer Sutherland, died on Sunday, the Designated Survivor star announced on Twitter.

Douglas, a Canadian who celebrated her 86th birthday just this past Thursday, shared Kiefer and his twin sister Rachel with ex-husband Donald Sutherland. Sadly she had been battling for her health for quite some time and we, as a family, knew this day was coming, ' Kiefer, 53, wrote.

More terrible news continues to roll in as actress and Gemini Award victor Shirley Douglas has passed away at the age of 86.

Douglas, who was born on April 2, 1934, in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada, was the daughter of Canada medicare founder Tommy Douglas. To any families who have lost loved ones unexpectedly to the coronavirus, my heart breaks for you.

Our thoughts are with Shirley Douglas' loved ones during this hard time.

Douglas graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London in 1952 and performed on stage and TV for several years before returning to Canada in 1957. Douglas would also provide voices for the animated shows Flash Gordon and Silver Surfer, and narrated the children's TV series Franklin.

As an activist, she was part of the American Civil Rights Movement, which campaigned against the Vietnam War.

In 2013, Rick Mercer described Douglas as one of the greatest actresses Canada has ever produced.

"I know a lot of McCarthy-ite victims".

She helped to establish a fundraising group called Friends of the Black Panthers. In 1999, she and son Kiefer costarred in the drama film Woman Wanted, which also featured Holly Hunter.

In 1969, she was arrested and spent five days in prison for, "conspiracy to possess unregistered explosives". Her last film role was in the 2000 Canadian movie The Law of Enclosures, while her final TV appearance was in 2008's Degrassi: The Next Generation. She also had a starring role as the family matriarch in the comedy series Wind at My Back, which ran between 1996 and 2001.

In 1997, Douglas got to work onstage with son Kiefer in the Tennessee Williams play "The Glass Menagerie". Thank you for sharing her with us.