Wendy Crewson

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Wendy Crewson
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Born Wendy Jane Crewson
(1956-05-09) May 9, 1956 (age 60)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Actress
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Michael Murphy (m. 1988; div. 2009)
Children 2

Wendy Jane Crewson (born May 9, 1956) is a Canadian actress and producer.

Career[edit]

Crewson appeared in many Canadian TV shows in 1980s, and appeared in a number of feature films in the early 1990s, like Night Heat, Hard Copy, Tanner '88 and Street Legal.[1]

In 1991, Crewson appeared in her first breakthrough role in the feature film The Doctor and in later years appeared in films, such as The Good Son (1993), as the mother of Eric Lloyd's character; The Santa Clause (1994) and its two sequels, The Santa Clause 2 (2002) and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006), as Tim Allen's ex-wife; To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996) as Peter Gallagher's unfortunate blind date; and Air Force One (1997) as Grace Marshall, First Lady to President James Marshall (Harrison Ford).[2]

Crewson co-starred in the science fiction films Bicentennial Man (1999) with Robin Williams, and The 6th Day (2000) opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger.[2] She has performed numerous other roles including an invasive television newscaster in Room (2015).[3]

On television, Crewson starred in the Canadian series ReGenesis as Dr. Rachel Woods from 2007 to 2008, and on Saving Hope as Dr. Dana Kinny in 2012. She also guest starred in the first eight episodes of the third season of 24, playing Dr. Anne Packard, personal physician and love interest to the President.

She also appears in the second season of ABC's primetime soap opera Revenge from 2012 to 2013.[4] In 2016 Crewson had a main role in the television series Slasher[5]

Awards[edit]

In 2013, Crewson won a Canadian Screen Award for her work on the television series Saving Hope[6] and in 2016, she received the Earle Grey Award, which recognizes actors for their contribution to the international profile of Canadian TV or for their significant body of work.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Crewson was born in Hamilton, Ontario, the daughter of June Doreen (née Thomas) and Robert Binnie Crewson. She attended John Rennie High School in Pointe Claire, Québec, as did her younger brother, Brad Crewson.[8] She attended Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, where she won the Lorne Greene Award for outstanding work in the theater. She then studied at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.[1]

She married actor Michael Murphy in 1988 and they have two children. They divorced in January 2009.

In December 2014, she revealed to the press that she had come out to her family as a lesbian several years ago.[9]

Crewson resides in Rosedale, a neighbourhood in Toronto.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1983 Skullduggery Barbara / Dorigen
1986 Whodunit? Elizabeth Video
1986 Mark of Cain Dale
1991 Doctor, TheThe Doctor Dr. Leslie Abbott
1992 Folks! Audrey Aldrich
1992 I'll Never Get to Heaven Cassie Stewart
1993 Good Son, TheThe Good Son Susan Evans
1994 Corrina, Corrina Jenny Davis
1994 Santa Clause, TheThe Santa Clause Laura Calvin Miller
1996 To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday Kevin Dollof
1997 Air Force One Grace Marshall
1997 Gang Related Helen Eden
1997 Eighteenth Angel, TheThe Eighteenth Angel Norah Stanton
1998 Where's Marlowe? Dr. Ninki Bregman
1998 Sleeping Dogs Lie Theresa Small
1999 Better Than Chocolate Lila
1999 Question of Privilege Gail Sterling
1999 Escape Velocity Billie
1999 Bicentennial Man Rachel "Ma'am" Martin
2000 Mercy Bernadine Mello
2000 What Lies Beneath Elena
2000 6th Day, TheThe 6th Day Natalie Gibson
2001 Suddenly Naked Jackie York
2002 Between Strangers Amanda Trent
2002 Perfect Pie Patsy Willets
2002 Santa Clause 2, TheThe Santa Clause 2 Laura Miller
2004 Clearing, TheThe Clearing Louise Miller
2004 Home at the End of the World, AA Home at the End of the World Isabel Morrow
2004 Pigeon Woman on Train Short film
2005 Niagara Motel Lily
2006 Eight Below Eve McClaren
2006 Covenant, TheThe Covenant Evelyn Danvers
2006 Away from Her Madeleine Montpellier
2006 Who Loves the Sun Mary Bloom
2006 Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, TheThe Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Laura Miller
2007 Seeker, TheThe Seeker Mary Stanton
2009 Formosa Betrayed Susan Kane
2010 Beginner's Guide to Endings, AA Beginner's Guide to Endings Goldie White
2011 Winnie Mandela Mary Botha
2012 Vow, TheThe Vow Dr. Fishman
2012 Antiviral Mira Tesser
2014 Fall Sheila
2015 Into the Forest Mom
2016 Tomorrow's Shadows Female G.O.D. Short film, completed

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1980 War Brides Kate TV film
1981 Littlest Hobo, TheThe Littlest Hobo Jenny "The Locket"
1982 Hangin' In Hilary "Barnum and Baby"
1982 Mazes and Monsters Kate Finch TV film
1984 Heartsounds Judy TV film
1984 Guardian, TheThe Guardian Marlee Kramer TV film
1985 Night Heat Prosecutor Dorothy Fredericks Recurring role
1985 Murder in Space Irene Tremayne TV film
1985 Murder: By Reason of Insanity Irene Tremayne TV film
1985 My Father, My Rival Hilah TV film
1986 Adderly Marge "Critical Mass"
1986 Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star Michelle Benti TV film
1987 Hard Copy Blake Calisher TV series
1987 CBS Summer Playhouse Dana "In the Lion's Den"
1987 Hobo's Christmas, AA Hobo's Christmas Laurie TV film
1987 Covert Action Jessica TV film
1988 Tanner '88 Joanna Buckley TV miniseries
1988 Spies, Lies & Naked Thighs Evelyn TV film
1989 Studio 5-B Gail Browning Main role
1990 Getting Married in Buffalo Jump Sophie Ware TV film
1990 Street Legal Wendy Nelson "Holy Thursday", "Spare Parts", "Double Agenda"
1994 To Save the Children Dorsie Young TV film
1994 Spenser: The Judas Goat Susan Silverman TV film
1994 Lives of Girls & Women Ada Jordan TV film
1994 Frostfire Victoria Renko TV film
1995 Ebbie Roberta 'Robbie' Cratchet TV film
1995 Spenser: A Savage Place Susan Silverman TV film
1997 Due South Janet Morse "The Bounty Hunter"
1997 Black Harbour Carolyn Bedford "Love's Labours Lost", "High Noon"
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Faye Stafford "The Original Wives Club"
1998 At the End of the Day: The Sue Rodriguez Story Sue Rodriguez TV film
1999 Summer's End Virginia Baldwin TV film
2000 Love and Murder Joanne Kilbourn TV film
2000 Deadly Appearances Joanne Kilbourn TV film
2001 Wandering Soul Murders, TheThe Wandering Soul Murders Joanne Kilbourn TV film
2001 Colder Kind of Death, AA Colder Kind of Death Joanne Kilbourn TV film
2001 Beast, TheThe Beast Maggie Steech Main role
2001 Last Brickmaker in America, TheThe Last Brickmaker in America Karen TV film
2002 Many Trials of One Jane Doe, TheThe Many Trials of One Jane Doe Jane Doe TV film
2002 Killing Spring, AA Killing Spring Joanne Kilbourn TV film
2002 Matthew Shepard Story, TheThe Matthew Shepard Story Sarah TV film
2002 Verdict in Blood Joanne Kilbourn TV film
2002 Elfkins First Christmas, TheThe Elfkins First Christmas Grazellda (voice) TV film
2003 Unexpected Love, AnAn Unexpected Love McNally 'Mac' Hays TV film
2003 Piano Man's Daughter, TheThe Piano Man's Daughter Ede Kilworth TV film
2003 Twelve Mile Road Angela Landis TV film
2003 24 Dr. Anne Packard Recurring role
2004 Sex Traffic Madeleine Harlsburgh "1.1", "1.2"
2004 Jack Elaine Burka TV film
2005 Hunt for Justice Louise Arbour TV film
2005 Stranger I Married, TheThe Stranger I Married Lorraine Evanshen TV film
2006 Path to 9/11, TheThe Path to 9/11 Valerie James TV miniseries
2006-10 Crimes of Passion Host - Narrator TV series
2007 Robber Bride, TheThe Robber Bride Roz Andrews TV film
2007-08 ReGenesis Rachel Woods Main role
2008 Summit, TheThe Summit Ellie Bruckner TV miniseries
2009 Flashpoint Catherine Graham "Eagle Two"
2010 Bridge, TheThe Bridge Mayor Kennedy Recurring role
2010 Rookie Blue Dana Kennedy "In Blue"
2011 Georgetown Sen. Caroline Wallace TV film
2011 Endgame Vivian Huxley "The White Queen"
2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Judy Robbins "Genetic Disorder"
2012 Beauty and the Beast: A Dark Tale Mara TV film
2012 Alcatraz Helen Campbell "Sonny Burnett"
2012 Fairly Legal Warden Sara Wilkes "Ripple of Hope"
2012-13 Revenge Helen Crowley Recurring role
2012-present Saving Hope Dr. Dana Kinney Main role
2013 Jack Anne McGrath TV film
2014 Murdoch Mysteries Cassie Chadwick "The Murdoch Sting"
2014 Working the Engels Mrs. Guernsey "Maid Amends", "Jenna vs. Big Pastry Part II"
2014 Ascension Katherine Warren TV miniseries
2015 We Are Disorderly Judy "Our Leather Jackets"
2015 Defiance Silora Voske "When Twilight Dims the Sky Above"
2015 Beauty & the Beast Helen Ellingsworth "Unbreakable", "Sins of the Fathers"
2015 Forgive Me Celeste "Full of Grace", "Amongst Women", "Pray for Us Sinners"
2016 Slasher Brenda Merritt Main role

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Gemini Awards
    • 1992 — Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for Getting Married in Buffalo Jump (Nominated)
    • 1994 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for I'll Never Get to Heaven (Nominated)
    • 1998 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role in a Dramatic Series for Due South
    • 1999 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for At the End of the Day: The Sue Rodriguez Story
    • 2002 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for A Killing Spring (Nominated)
    • 2002 — Humanitarian Award
    • 2003 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for The Many Trials of One Jane Doe
    • 2005 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for Sex Traffic (Nominated)
    • 2006 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for The Man Who Lost Himself
    • 2007 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for The Robber Bride (Nominated)
    • 2007 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for ReGenesis
    • 2008 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for ReGenesis (Nominated)
    • 2010 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for The Summit (Nominated)
    • 2013 — Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for Saving Hope
    ACTRA Award
    • 2007 - ACTRA Toronto Award of Excellence

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wendy Crewson Biography". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  2. ^ a b "Wendy Crewson- Biography". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  3. ^ Minow, Nell. "Interview: Brie Larson of "Room"". Beliefnet. Retrieved January 18, 2016. 
  4. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (August 28, 2012). "'Revenge' adds 'Air Force One' star Wendy Crewson". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  5. ^ "Katie McGrath, Brandon Jay McLaren, Wendy Crewson & More To Star In Chiller's Anthology Series 'Slasher' - TVWise". TVWise. 28 July 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "CTV Announces Start of Production on Season Four of Saving Hope - Broadcaster Magazine". Broadcaster Magazine. 2015-06-03. Retrieved 2016-05-06. 
  7. ^ 17, Jordan Pinto December; 2015. "Wendy Crewson to receive Earle Grey award". Retrieved 2016-05-06. 
  8. ^ "Wendy Crewson Biography (1959–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  9. ^ Kennedy, John R. (April 14, 2015). "Actress Wendy Crewson opens up about coming out as gay". Globalnews.com. Retrieved April 20, 2015. 
  10. ^ Zekas, Rita (July 6, 2012). "Wendy Crewson's home on the range". Toronto Star. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 

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