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26 February 1928 |
|Occupation||singer and actress|
|Awards||Order of Canada
National Order of Quebec
Governor General's Performing Arts Award
She was born Monique Tremblay on 26 February 1928 in Montreal, Quebec. Using her natural gifts of music and drama she started her acting career on radio in 1943. In 1965 she won the grand prizes at the international festival of Song in Sopot, Poland and at the Festival de la Chanson at Ostende, Belgium. In the 1980s she began to write and stage one-woman shows where she sang and acted. She was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1967 and received the 1979 Prix de musique Calixa-Lavallée. In 1997, Leyrac received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award, Canada's highest honour in the performing arts. She helped introduce the music of Gilles Vigneault and Claude Léveillée to English-speaking Canada. In 1998, she was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec.
In 1965 she won the Sopot International Song Festival.
- "Do You Share a Birthday with a Famous Canadian Woman - February". Famouscanadianwomen.com. Retrieved 2012-01-07.
- "Monique Leyrac biography". Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
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