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PostSubject: Hetty King Jackie Burroughs    Thu Sep 23, 2010 12:50 pm

Our Dear Hetty King as Died at the Age of 71 Blue i think there are some Peopel that Know her from Road to Avonlea and she also played Amelia Evans in Anne of Green Gables









By Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press




TORONTO - Actress Jackie Burroughs, best known for her role as schoolteacher Hetty King on popular television series "Road to Avonlea", has died. She was 71.


The British-born Canadian died in her Toronto home Wednesday afternoon while surrounded by family and friends. She had been suffering from gastric cancer.


"To her fans who are missing her, I would say we are all missing her," said daughter Zoe Yanovsky.


"She was an amazing actress and she developed her craft and took it very seriously and was also a very real private person with a wonderful life and a family."


Yanovsky, who is an only child, said her mother was very close to her family, which included a brother and two grandsons.


"She had an incredible life that was so artistic, and generous and kind and interesting," said the 42-year-old. "She was full of life."


Goddaughter Maggie Gilmour said Burroughs passed peacefully and wasn't in any pain in her last moments.


"She was endlessly, boundlessly, generous," said 32-year-old Gilmour. "And extremely, achingly, painfully, funny."


Gilmour said Burroughs was actually nothing like the strict school maa'rm she portrayed in "Road to Avonlea."


"A week ago, I visited her and she was ill, not feeling well, but she still told me stories and made me laugh," said Gilmour. "She always made me feel adored."


Burroughs who appeared on the stage and the screen, made more than 75 feature films and received multiple Genies, Geminis and a Governor General's award for her work.


Shirley Douglas, who has known Burroughs for the past 32 years, said the veteran actress left an impression on the people she worked with.


"She was a tremendous volcano to work with," Douglas said with a chuckle. "She could drive people crazy, but the result was so extraordinary."


Douglas also remembers Burroughs as one who gave back to not just the artistic community, but anyone who she felt could use a helping hand. The 76-year-old remembers her friend often giving quiet words of encouragement to young performers one day and stopping to help a person on the street the next.


"She had tremendous humanity," said Douglas. "The longer you knew her the more you realized it."


Douglas said much of Burroughs' hands-on compassion stemmed from her own troubles with alcoholism 25 years ago.


"She recognized people who were going through trouble," she said. "She gave support, and that's not easy to find."

Born in Lancashire, England, Burroughs moved to Canada when she was 13 and went on to attend the University of Toronto. Her acting career began in summer theatre after she graduated and later included runs at the Stratford Festival.

On the screen, she won her first Genie for "The Grey Fox" and also went on to play Amelia Evans in the 1985 television movie "Anne of Green Gables."

That role landed her a part on "Road to Avonlea", where she became a familiar face in the eccentric role of Hetty King, taking home three Gemini's for her performances.

Her marriage to Zal Yanovsky, founding member of musical group "The Loving Spoonful", ended soon after their daughter was born. Until recently Burroughs divided her time between a home in Mexico and an apartment in Toronto.

A funeral for Burroughs will be held in the St. James Cathedral in Toronto next week.

"She was a unique person and a unique artist," said Douglas. "I, like so many other people, will be grateful to have known her, and will miss her terribly."


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PostSubject: Re: Hetty King Jackie Burroughs    Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:09 pm

Aw, that's sad to hear that she died of cancer. It sounds like she lived quite a vibrant, full life, though! I loved her portrayal of Hetty King - even though Hetty drove me bonkers sometimes. But that was what Hetty was supposed to do, so she played her part well.
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PostSubject: Re: Hetty King Jackie Burroughs    Thu Sep 23, 2010 4:57 pm

Awww, I am sorry to hear that news. Jackie was great on Avonlea. I agree with you Savannah, you loved to hate Hetty. But in the later seasons she softened up quite a bit.
I'll have to watch my local newscast tonight to see if they mention her.


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PostSubject: Re: Hetty King Jackie Burroughs    Fri Sep 24, 2010 1:41 am

Her role in the "Anne" movie; wasn't she the lady that recited her poetry piece right before Anne did hers, "The Highwayman?"



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PostSubject: Re: Hetty King Jackie Burroughs    Fri Sep 24, 2010 1:58 am

Yes, Misti, she was.

I'm so sad to hear this. I loved her work on RTA.


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PostSubject: Re: Hetty King Jackie Burroughs    Fri Sep 24, 2010 10:37 am

71 is just too young. So sorry to hear this. Blue
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PostSubject: Re: Hetty King Jackie Burroughs    Fri Sep 24, 2010 12:09 pm

Oh wow, I remember her Blue


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PostSubject: Re: Hetty King Jackie Burroughs    Sat Sep 25, 2010 6:55 pm

I googled her to find out more info and found some pictures of her. 71 may be young but she looked really old in the photos that I saw. The poor dear will be greatly missed.


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PostSubject: Re: Hetty King Jackie Burroughs    Sat Sep 25, 2010 7:34 pm

Would you please post the Pictures Marilyn?


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PostSubject: Re: Hetty King Jackie Burroughs    Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:44 pm



This is from 2005.



This is from September 2009.


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PostSubject: Re: Hetty King Jackie Burroughs    Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:10 pm

Yup, those are the ones that I saw. Poor dear. It has been quite awhile since Avonlea was filmed but I think her sickness must have aged her too.


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