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|Born||Linda Pauline Griffiths
October 7, 1956
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Griffiths studied at 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 some television and film work, including episodes of the TV series 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 latest 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.
She has won five Dora Mavor Moore Awards through her career, winning Outstanding New Play four times for Maggie and Pierre (1980), O.D. in Paradise (1983), Jessica (1986) and Alien Creature (2000), and Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role for Maggie and Pierre (1980). She is also a two-time winner of the Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award for Jessica and Alien Creature, and a two-time nominee for the Governor General's Award for English-language drama for The Darling Family (1991) and Alien Creature.
- Maggie & Pierre (1980; with Paul Thompson)
- O.D. in Paradise (1982)
- Jessica (1986; with Maria Campbell)
- The Darling Family (1991)
- A Game of Inches (1991)
- Brother André's Heart (1992)
- Spiral Women and the Dirty Theatre (1993)
- The Duchess a.k.a. Wallis Simpson (1997)
- Alien Creature: A Visitation from Gwendolyn MacEwen (1999)
- Chronic (2003)
- Baby Finger (2005)
- Age of Arousal (2007)
- The Last Dog of War (2010)
- Heaven Above, Heaven Below (2013)