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April 25, 1927|
Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Died||July 11, 2004
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Hyland studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, making her professional debut in London as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, opposite John Gielgud. In 1954, she returned to Canada, becoming a regular at the Stratford Festival in Ontario. Her roles there included Isabella (in Measure for Measure), Portia (in The Merchant of Venice), Olivia (in Twelfth Night), Perdita (in The Winter's Tale), Desdemona (in Othello) and Ophelia in (in Hamlet). She appeared in movies and on television, including a role on Road to Avonlea.
Personal life and awards
Hyland was born in 1927 in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, a small town south-west of Swift Current, to Jessie (née Worden), a teacher, and Thomas Hyland, a salesman. Her parents separated, reconciled, and finally parted permanently during the first decade of Hyland's life. She never saw her father again.
In 1970, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 1994, Hyland received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award, Canada's highest honour in the performing arts, for her lifetime contribution to Canadian theatre.
She was married once, to George McCowan; the couple had one child, a son, Evan.