|Born||October 29, 1958|
CFB Baden-Soellingen, West Germany
|Occupation||Playwright, novelist, actress, broadcast host|
|Notable works||Goodnight Desdemona|
Fall on Your Knees
The Way the Crow Flies
Ann-Marie MacDonald Canadian playwright, author, actress, and broadcast host who lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. MacDonald is the daughter of a member of Canada's military; she was born at an air force base near Baden-Baden, West Germany. She is of partial Lebanese descent through her mother.(born October 29, 1958) is a
Life and career
MacDonald won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for her first novel, Fall on Your Knees (1996), which was selected for Oprah Winfrey's Book Club in January 2002. MacDonald received the Governor General's Award for Drama, the Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award, and the Canadian Authors Association Drama Award for her play, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet). MacDonald hosted the CBC documentary series Life and Times for seven seasons. MacDonald also hosted CBC's flagship documentary program, Doc Zone for eight seasons. She appeared in the films I've Heard the Mermaids Singing and Better Than Chocolate, among others.
MacDonald's 2003 novel, The Way the Crow Flies, was partly inspired by the Steven Truscott case. Her third novel Adult Onset was released in 2014 and has been translated into five languages. Her fourth novel Fayne was published in 2022.
She was the inaugural Mordecai Richler Reading Room Writer in Residence at Concordia University, and she coaches students in the Acting and Playwriting Programs at the National Theatre School of Canada.
In May 2015, MacDonald was the "big-name author" and "public face" of the inaugural Canadian Authors for Indies Day, organized to bring attention to independent bookstores across the country. Nearly 100 stores and 270 authors participated in the nationwide event.
In December 2018, MacDonald was named as an Officer of the Order of Canada, in recognition of "her multi-faceted contributions to the arts in Canada and for her advocacy of LGBTQ+ and women's rights".
- This is For You, Anna - 1983 (play, collective creation)
- Nancy Drew, The Case of the Missing Mother - 1984 (play, co-authored with Beverley Cooper)
- Clue in the Fast Lane - 1985 (play, co-authored with Beverley Cooper)
- Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) – 1988 (play)
- The Arab's Mouth – 1990 (play)
- Nigredo Hotel – 1992 (opera libretto)
- The Attic, the Pearls and Three Fine Girls – 1995 (play, co-authored with Jennifer Brewin, Martha Ross, Leah Cherniak, and Alisa Palmer)
- Anything That Moves – 2000 (book and lyrics for musical)
- Belle Moral – 2005 (play; a substantially revised version of The Arab's Mouth (above))
- The Wars (1983)
- Unfinished Business (1984)
- I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987)
- Where the Spirit Lives (1989)
- Where the Heart Is (1990)
- Paint Cans (1994)
- Getting Away with Murder (1996)
- Better Than Chocolate (1999)
- The Girlfriend Interviews (short, 2001)
- Interviews with My Next Girlfriend (short, 2002)
Television (as actress or host)
- Rubberface (TV movie, 1981)
- Mafia Princess (TV movie, 1986)
- Hot Shots (TV series, 1986)
- Airwolf (TV series, 1987)
- Adderly (TV series, 1987)
- Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future (TV series, 1987)
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV series, 1987–1989)
- Diamonds (TV series, 1988)
- Rin Tin Tin: K-9 Cop (TV series, 1988–1991)
- Street Legal (TV series, 1990)
- Beyond Reality (TV series, 1991–1992)
- E.N.G. (TV series, 1992–1993)
- Shattered Trust: The Shari Karney Story (TV movie, 1993)
- The Babymaker: The Dr. Cecil Jacobson Story (TV movie, 1994)
- Due South (TV series, 1995)
- Friends at Last (TV movie, 1995)
- Her Desperate Choice (TV movie, 1996)
- Life and Times (TV documentary series host, 1996–2006)
- Too Close to Home (TV movie, 1997)
- A Taste of Shakespeare (TV series, 1997)
- The Industry (TV series, 2003)
- The Unsexing of Emma Edmonds (TV movie, 2004)
- The L Word (TV series, 2006)
- Slings & Arrows (TV series, 2006)
- Doc Zone (TV documentary series host, 2009–2015)
Television (as writer)
- Helen Chryssides, "Prose, plays and the joy of creating", The Canberra Times, April 9, 2000, p. 20
- "Fall On Your Knees wins Commonwealth first-book prize". The Hamilton Spectator. Hamilton, Ontario. May 3, 1997. p. W2.
- "Fall on Your Knees, by Ann-Marie MacDonald". oprah.com. January 24, 2002. Retrieved May 8, 2020.
- Penfield III, Wilder (January 28, 1991). "The Winning Ann-Marie: From Gemini to Governor General's Award". Toronto Sun. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. p. 78.
- Crew, Robert (November 4, 1989). "All in a Goodnight's work for busy playwright/actor". Toronto Star. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. p. J3.
- Schiefer, Nancy (August 10, 1996). "Novel-Playwright's First Book Has Tremendous Appeal". The London Free Press. London, Ontario, Canada. p. D6.
- Grubisic, Brett Josef (October 13, 2022). "Ann-Marie MacDonald's new book 'Fayne' a triple-decker Victorian spoof". Toronto Star. Retrieved December 1, 2022.
- McGillis, Ian (September 25, 2015). "Concordia names first Richler resident writer; MacDonald eager to offer support for an often 'very lonely' art". Montreal Gazette (Early ed.). Montreal, Quebec. p. B7.
- "Honorary degree recipient's novel selected as Book of the Week". The Lance. University of Windsor. March 30, 2015. p. 1.
- Godfrey, Laura (February 24, 2015). "First-Ever Canadian Authors for Indies Day Set for May". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved May 25, 2020.
- "Governor General Announces 103 New Appointments to the Order of Canada". Canada Newswire. December 27, 2018. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
- Cole, Susan G. (September 25 – October 1, 2003). "Ann-Marie MacDonald". Now Toronto. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved September 7, 2007.
- "Author Spotlight: Ann-Marie MacDonald". Archived from the original on January 12, 2012. Retrieved October 28, 2019.