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March 8, 1945 |
|Years active||1969 – present|
Janet Wright (born March 8, 1945) is a Canadian actress and theatre director. She is best known for her role as Emma Leroy on the hit Canadian sitcom Corner Gas. Wright won a 2006 Canadian Comedy Award for Pretty Funny TV Female for her role on Corner Gas. She also won a 2003 Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for her role in Betrayed (2003). She also won the 1992 Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Bordertown Café (1992).
Wright is the eldest of four siblings (others being Susan, John, and Anne) who have all made their mark in Canadian theatre. Susan Wright was killed in a fire in 1991 in Stratford, Ontario, along with their parents, Jack and Ruth (Preston).
In January 2004, Wright's daughter Rachel Davis, 23, was shot to death while intervening for a stranger who was being beaten in front of the Purple Onion bar in Vancouver, BC. In July 2006, the shooter was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder, five counts of attempted murder and five counts of aggravated assault. His first degree murder conviction triggered an automatic sentence of life imprisonment with no chance of parole until 2029.
Wright and her husband Bruce Davis, along with the rest of their family, have started the Rachel Davis Foundation. The foundation will present an award to a young person (17–23 years of age) who has demonstrated an outstanding act of kindness or compassion.
|1971||McCabe & Mrs. Miller||Eunice|
|1974||Wolfpen Principle, TheThe Wolfpen Principle||Miss Mervin|
|1978||Wiz, TheThe Wiz||The Wiz Singers (voice)||Uncredited|
|1982||Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains||Brenda|
|1987||Home Is Where the Hart Is||J.P.'s Wife|
|1988||Cowboys Don't Cry||Pearl|
|2000||Perfect Storm, TheThe Perfect Storm||Ethel Shatford|
|2003||Arbor Vitae||Senior Nurse||Short film|
|2006||Love and Other Dilemmas||Jojo Ladro|
|2010||Ramona and Beezus||Grandma Kemp|
|2011||Tall Man, TheThe Tall Man||Trish||Post-production|
|1975||Peep Show||Lucy||Episode: "The Victim"|
|1978||Who'll Save Our Children?||television film|
|1979||Huckleberry Finn and His Friends||Mrs. Judith Loftus||Episode: "The Rains Come"|
|1979||King of Kensington||Evelyn||Episode: "Big Brother"|
|1983||Best Christmas Pageant Ever, TheThe Best Christmas Pageant Ever||Helen Armstrong||television film|
|1984||The Three Wishes of Billy Grier||Woman in Bar||television film|
|1985||Brotherly Love||Helen Neary||television film|
|1986||Girl Who Spelled Freedom, TheThe Girl Who Spelled Freedom||Woman Neighbor||television film|
|1987||Deadly Deception||Desk clerk||television film|
|1987||After the Promise||Waitress||television film|
|1987||Beachcombers, TheThe Beachcombers||Didee||Episode: "Disposable People"|
|1987||Christmas Comes to Willow Creek||Martha Jane||television film|
|1988||Laura Lansing Slept Here||television film|
|1988-1989||Wiseguy||Millicent/Mabel||Episodes: "Revenge of the Mud People" and "All or Nothing"|
|1993-1994||Street Legal||Doris Banachowska/Jessica Grant||Episodes: "The Price"
Episode: "Strange Bedfellows," "The Long and Winding Road," and "The Long and Winding Road"
|1994||Neon Rider||Michelle Pfeiffer||Episode: "Where the Buffalo Roam"|
|1996||My Mother's Ghost||television film|
|1996||Beyond the Call||Fran||television film|
|1996||We the Jury||Gladys McKenzie||television film|
|1997||Fast Track||Charlotte Scannel||Episode: "Triangle"|
|1998||Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension||Mrs. Floyd||Episode: "I'm Okay, You're Really Weird"|
|1998||Mr. Headmistress||Naomi Bascombe||television film|
|1998||Due South||Sgt. Sam Thorn||Episode: "Mountie on the Bounty: Part 2"|
|1998-1999||Emily of New Moon||Aunt Thom||Episodes: "A Shadow in His Dream," "When the Bough Breaks," and "Bred in the Bone"|
|1999||More Tales of the City||Vita Keating||TV miniseries|
|1999||Lexx||Lorca||Episode: "Love Grows"|
|2000||Redwall: The Movie||Constance||television film|
|2000||Mattimeo: A Tale of Redwall||Constance / Ghost of Martin (voice)||TV series|
|2001||Hostage Rescue Team||Simone||television film|
|2001||Lexx||First Lady Priest||Episode: "Texx Lexx"
Episode: "Stan Down"
|2001||Dark Angel||Annie||Episode: "Proof of Purchase"|
|2002||Chris Isaak Show, TheThe Chris Isaak Show||Evie||Episode: "Farm Boys"|
|2002||Taken||Patty||Episode: "God's Equation"|
|2003||Betrayed||Dr. Fleming||television film|
|2003||Jinnah: On Crime - White Knight, Black Widow||Frosty||television film|
|2003||Tale of Two Wives, AA Tale of Two Wives||Phyllis||television film|
|2003||Phenomenon II||Jeri||television film|
|2004||Kingdom Hospital||Liz Hinton||10 episodes|
|2004-2009||Corner Gas||Emma Leroy||107 episodes|
|2007||Whistler||Episode: "The Rules of Attachment: Part II"
Episode: "Last Run"
|2008||Wisegal||Patty Montanari's Mother||television film|
|2009||Memory Lanes||Sarah Duggen||television film|
Awards and nominations
|1992||Bordertown Café||Genie Awards||Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role||Won|
|2003||Betrayed||Gemini Awards||Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series||Won|
|2006||Herself||Canadian Comedy Awards||Pretty Funny TV Female||Won|
- Janet Wright at the Internet Movie Database
- Corner Gas official website - Janet Wright bio
- Janet Wright on Twitter