Linda Griffiths

  March 26, 2021  

Linda Griffiths was a Canadian actor, playwright and director. She first came to prominence with Maggie and Pierre (1980), which she co-wrote with director Paul Thompson and performed across the country. Maggie and Pierre played at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in 1981, where it transferred after its enormous success at Theatre Passe Muraille as part of the Toronto International Theatre Festival. Maggie and Pierre: A Fantasy of Love, Politics and the Media, to use the play’s full title, chronicled the relationship between Maggie Sinclair and Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, whose courtship, marriage and separation were as publicly lived as the lives of the Windsors. Griffiths played the titular characters and a newspaper reporter, whose sardonic and insightful commentary puts the famous couple’s antics into social and political context. As one critic wrote at the time, "Maggie and Pierre shows us how and why the media, which both serve and lead public perceptions, required that these two people play out an archetypal story of love, politics and media.” Griffiths would go on to have a prolific career as a playwright, often performing in her own work. Among her acclaimed plays are O.D. on Paradise, Jessica, The Darling Family, The Duchess, Alien Creature and Age of Arousal. She won five Dora Awards and two Chalmers. She was also a busy actor in film and TV, including playing the title role in John Sayles’ 1983 film Lianna. Tragically, she died of breast cancer in 2014 at the age of 60.