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
Years active1940s–1996

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

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.

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
1950 Come Dance with Me Kiki - Stage Girl
1952 Sunshine Sketches Poet's Wife TV series
1952 Stopwatch and Listen TV series
1954-1959 Howdy Doody (Canadian version) Willow The Witch TV series
1956 Is It a Woman's World?
1956 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"
1960 Just Mary TV series
1961 One Plus One Segment: "Baby"
1961 Razzle Dazzle Mother Mayonnaise TV series
1964 The Forest Rangers Mrs. Aggie Apple 4 episodes
1970-1971 The Trouble With Tracy Maid TV series
1972 The Year of the Yahoo! Barbara
1972 Anne of Green Gables Marilla Cuthbert TV miniseries
1973 Delilah Aunt Peggy TV series
1974 And That's the News, Goodnight Various TV series
1974 The Naked Mind TV series
1975 Anne of Avonlea Marilla Cuthbert 6 episodes
1978 Mathmakers TV series
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
1981 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"
1985 Check It Out Mrs. Cobb TV series
1985 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"
1988 Sharon, Lois & Bram's Elephant Show The Curio Shoppe Owner Episode: "Curio Shoppe"
1988 Hot Paint TV movie
1988 C.O.P.S. Additional Voices Episode: "The Case of the Stuck-Up Blimp"
1989 Glory! Glory! Selma TV movie
1989 Babar Additional Voices 13 episodes
1989 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"
1994 Car 54, Where Are You? Mrs. Muldoon
1996 Bogus Mrs. Partridge

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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