Wendy Crewson The Barbara Tipple Best Actress Award
Wendy Crewson Actress
One of Canada's premier actresses, Wendy Crewson has garnered extensive critical and popular acclaim for her performances in film and television. For her extensive body of work in films spanning both independent and major productions, Wendy Crewson is receiving TheWIFTS Foundation Barbara Tipple Best Actress Award 2011.
Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Wendy was raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she attended Westwood Collegiate, a senior years high school with a strong performing arts curriculum. Her first exposure to acting came in grade 10 when she was cast in a feature role in The Boy Friend, a comic musical pastiche of 1920's revues.
With her sights firmly set on a performance career, Wendy moved on to Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario where she won the Lorne Greene Award for outstanding work in the theater. Graduating with a degree in Drama, she moved to London, England where she attended the Weber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, a leading British drama school for those who intend to pursue a professional performance career.
On returning to North America, honed her versatile talent in a number of TV productions including Heartsounds, Murder By Reason of Insanity and Robert Altman's acclaimed political satire Tanner '88 .Though Crewson continued to do TV in the 1990s, including Alice Munroe's The Lives of Girls and Women, Tom Hanks' From the Earth to the Moon and At the End of the Day: The Sue Rodriguez Story she increasingly branched out into features.
Making her mark in The Doctor, Crewson moved on to larger roles as the mother of a psychotic Macauley Culkin in The Good Son Tim Allen's ex-wife in the comedy hit The Santa Clause and its subsequent franchise, and Peter Gallagher's unfortunate blind date in To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday. After playing a tough lawyer in the crime thriller Gang Related with Tupac Shakur, Crewson further displayed her ability to convey strength as Harrison Ford's undaunted First Lady in Wolfgang Petersen's summer blockbuster Air Force One.
Her filmography resumé features over 100 titles, including the indie feature, Sarah Polley's Away From Her; the made-for-TV movie based on Margaret Atwood's The Robber Bride; and the role of Dr. Anne Packard in multiple episodes of the hit drama series 24 with Kiefer Sutherland.
Crewson's many credits also include her Gemini-nominated performances in the television drama Sex Traffic, the title role in the Louise Arbour Story and Gemini winning performances in At the End of the Day, The Sue Rodriguez Story, The Many Trials of One Jane Doe and The Man Who Lost Himself. She played in Twelve Mile Road opposite Tom Selleck; and the title role in the Shaftesbury wheel of movies Criminal Instinct: The Joanne Kilbourne Mysteries, for which she was also Gemini nominated.
A few of her big screen credits include The Santa Clause trilogy opposite Tim Allen; A Home At The End Of The World with Colin Farrell and Sissy Spacek; Renny Harlin's action thriller The Covenant; A Beginners Guide To Endings which was a 2010 Toronto Film Festival selection also starring Harvey Keitel; the family adventure Eight Below; The Clearing with Robert Redford; Eduardo Ponti's Between Strangers with Sophia Loren; The Last Brickmaker In America, with Sidney Poitier; Bi-Centennial Man with Robin Williams and On the Sixth Day with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Crewson is also featured in the upcoming film The Vow with Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum. Most recently, Crewson played Mary Botha in the Winnie Mandela biopic Winnie shot in South Africa alongside Jennifer Hudson and Terrance Howard, which was a Toronto Film Festival selection in 2011. She is currently filming Brandon Cronenberg's first feature, Antiviral.
Wendy Crewson has won seven Gemini Awards and has being nominated many times in her outstanding career to date.
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