Barbara Hamilton (actress)

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Barbara Hamilton
Born(1926-12-11)11 December 1926
Died7 February 1996(1996-02-07) (aged 69)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Resting placeMount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
Years active1940s–1996

Barbara Hamilton (11 December 1926 – 7 February 1996) was a Canadian actress in film, television, theatre and radio.

Early life[edit]

Hamilton was born in Kingston, Ontario on 11 December 1926. After studies at Brockville Collegiate Institute, she attended the University of Toronto where her early performances were featured at the Hart House Theatre.


She is known for roles in films and television series such as Road to Avonlea. Her theatre performances have included the Spring Thaw review.[1] She is also known for originating the role of Marilla Cuthbert in both the Canadian and West End productions of Anne of Green Gables.

Personal life and death[edit]

Hamilton died as a result of breast cancer in 1996 at the age of 69. That year, the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts established the Barbara Hamilton Award to honour those who demonstrate excellence in the performing arts.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1948 A Song Is Born Woman at Dorsey Club (uncredited)
1950 The Lady Craved Excitement Chorus Girl
Come Dance with Me Kiki – Stage Girl
1994 Car 54, Where Are You? Mrs. Muldoon
1996 Bogus Mrs. Partridge Posthumous release


Year Title Role Notes
1952 Sunshine Sketches Poet's Wife
Stopwatch and Listen
1954–1959 Howdy Doody (Canadian version) Willow The Witch
1956 Is It a Woman's World?
Anne of Green Gables Shop Assistant TV movie
1957 On Camera Mother Episode: "Black Cats Are Good Cats"
1959 A Dangerous Age
1960 Encounter Episode: "How to Make More Money Than Men"
Just Mary
1961 One Plus One Segment: "Baby"
Razzle Dazzle Mother Mayonnaise
1964 The Forest Rangers Mrs. Aggie Apple 4 episodes
1970–1971 The Trouble With Tracy Maid
1972 The Year of the Yahoo! Barbara
Anne of Green Gables Marilla Cuthbert Miniseries
1973 Delilah Aunt Peggy
1974 And That's the News, Goodnight Various
The Naked Mind
1975 Anne of Avonlea Marilla Cuthbert 6 episodes
1978 Mathmakers
1979 Lost and Found Mrs. Bryce
1980 Archie Bunker's Place Woman #2 Episode: "The Wildcat Strike"
1981 B.C.: A Special Christmas Fat Broad (voice) TV movie
Sanford Old Woman Juror Episode: "Jury Duty"
1983 Gimme a Break! Lady Customer Episode: "Nell and the Kid"
1984 Today's Special Dr. Bennett Episode: "Hospitals"
1985 Today's Special Dr. Bennett Episode: "Muffy"
Check It Out Mrs. Cobb
Night Heat Irma Deutch Episode: "Secrets"
1986 Seeing Things Mrs. Coitart Episode: "Snow Blind"
Episode: "That Hang Dog Look"
1987 Diamonds Episode: "Here Comes the Bride"
1988 Diamonds Episode: "Where There's a Will"
Sharon, Lois & Bram's Elephant Show The Curio Shoppe Owner Episode: "Curio Shoppe"
Hot Paint TV movie
C.O.P.S. Additional Voices Episode: "The Case of the Stuck-Up Blimp"
1989 Glory! Glory! Selma TV movie
Babar Additional Voices 13 episodes
Street Legal Dr. Bernstein Episode: "Confession"
1990 Clarence Mrs. Duckworth TV movie
1990–1991 E.N.G. Christy Callwood 4 episodes
1991 Rin Tin Tin: K-9 Cop Mrs. Baker Episode: "Abused Child"
1991–1995 Shining Time Station Ginny Johnson 15 episodes
1992 Change of Heart Aunt Bea
1992–1996 Road to Avonlea Eulalie Bugle 23 episodes
1994 The Mighty Jungle Rose Hufnagel Episode: "Hairy Proposal"

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ Hale, Marjorie. "Spring Thaw". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Archived from the original on 4 December 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  2. ^ "Barbara Hamilton Award". Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts. Archived from the original on 18 April 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010.

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