Diana Leblanc

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Diana Leblanc

Introduction

Diana Leblanc is a Canadian television and film actress, best known to US audiences for her portrayal of Frannie Halcyon in the TV miniseries More Tales of the City (1998) and its follow-up Further Tales of the City (2001).

Life & Career

Leblanc was born in Montreal in 1943 to an Anglo-Irish mother and a Francophone father. She began her studies in the National Theatre School’s French acting program, but switched to the English program after her first year. [1]

As an actress, she has appeared at the Shaw Festival, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, National Arts Centre, Soulpepper, Théâtre francais de Toronto, and Tarragon Theatre, in plays ranging from classics to contemporary works. Her film and television roles include Remedy, Murdoch Mysteries, This Is Wonderland, Snakes & Ladders, Trudeau II, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City, North of 60, and La Maison Suspendue.

She has directed for such leading companies as the Stratford Shakespeare Festival (notably her landmark 1994 production of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night), National Arts Centre, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Théâtre français de Toronto, Citadel Theatre, Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Mirvish Productions, and Tarragon Theatre, and for the Canadian Opera Company, Calgary Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, and the International Opera Centrum in Amsterdam.[2]

She is a founding member and artistic director with the Soulpepper Theatre Company, where she directed the summer 1999 production of A Streetcar Named Desire starring Fiona Reid; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf; The Real Thing; The Maids; The Zoo Story; Doc (summer 2010); and Glenn by David S. Young (2014). [3]In 1998 she received a grant from the Alliance française of Paris for her body of work toward building bridges between anglophone and francophone culture. In 2015, she received a Governor General's Performing Arts Award. [4]

Notable Productions

Actor

Heartbreak House, Shaw Festival (1968)
Lies My Father Told Me (1975)
The Swiss Family Robinson (1976-77)
Lady Killer (1994-95)
Armistead Maupin’s Further Tales of the City (2000-01)
The Pretender: The Island of the Haunted (2001-02)
Wet Bum (2013)[5]
The Last of Romeo and Juliet, Talk is Free Theatre (2014)

Director

The Rehearsal, Canadian Stage (1995)
Hamlet, Stratford Festival (1996)
Skylight, National Arts Centre & Citadel Theatre (1999)
A Streetcar Named Desire, Soulpepper Theatre Company (1999)
Madame Butterfly, Opera Ontario (2000)
Talking Shakespeare, Startford Festival (2013)
Glenn, Soulpepper Theatre Company (2014)

Awards

Nominations

Gemini Award for Best Guest Performance in a Series by an Actor or Actress, North of 60 – 1992
Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Guest Role Dramatic Series, Snakes & Ladders – 2004

Wins

Dora Mavor Moore Silver Ticket Award, 2014[6]
Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, 2015

On The Map

Name:Diana Leblanc
Location:Montreal
Category:Artists
Latitude:45.521744
Longitude:-73.564453

References

  1. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0495683/
  2. http://ggpaa.ca/award-recipients/2015/leblanc,-diana.aspx
  3. http://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Leblanc%2C%20Diana
  4. http://ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/local-arts/diana-leblanc-an-actors-life-for-she
  5. http://www.hollywood.com/celebrities/diana-leblanc-57475744/
  6. https://tapa.ca/blog/diana-leblanc-awarded-the-2014-silver-ticket-award/