Shirley Douglas

Born Apr 2, 1934

Shirley Jean Douglas, OC is a Canadian television, film and stage actress and activist. Her acting career combined with her family name has made her recognisable in Canadian film, television and politics.

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1934 Birth Born on April 2, 1934.


1950 16 Years Old Douglas's 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. … Read More


1969 35 Years Old …  In 1969, she was arrested in Los Angeles, for Conspiracy to Possess Unregistered Explosives, after she allegedly attempted to purchase hand grenades for the Black Panthers. She claimed that the FBI was trying to frame her and spent five days in jail 3. Subsequently, the U.S. government denied her a work permit based on this incident. Douglas, by then divorced from Sutherland, was forced to leave the U.S. in 1977. … Read More


1997 63 Years Old In 1997, Douglas appeared on stage with her son Kiefer Sutherland at the Royal Alexandra Theatre and at the National Arts Centre in The Glass Menagerie.
2000 66 Years Old In 2000, she performed on stage in The Vagina Monologues. … Read More
2003 69 Years Old In 2003, for her contributions to the performing arts, she was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.
2006 72 Years Old In the Canadian federal election, 2006, Douglas campaigned on behalf of the federal New Democratic Party.
2012 78 Years Old In 2012, she supported Brian Topp for that party's leadership. … Read More
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