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Janet Wright

Highest Rated: 70% Ramona and Beezus (2010)

Lowest Rated: 3% Rollerball (2002)

Birthday: Mar 08, 1945

Birthplace: Farnborough, Hampshire, England, UK

Canadian actress Janet Wright was a highly respected figure on her country's stage scene, as well as a much-loved presence on television and in films, most notably the gently eccentric sitcom "Corner Gas" (CTV, 2004-2009). Born March 8, 1945 in the English town of Farnborough, she was the eldest of four siblings, all of whom would go on to perform on the Canadian theater circuit. She emigrated to Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her family in 1946 and eventually settled in the city of Saskatoon. There, she and her sister, Susan, founded the Persephone Theatre Company in 1974, which went on to become one of the most successful and critically acclaimed regional theater companies in Canada. Wright then forged a relationship with the Vancouver Arts Club Theatre, for which she served as lead actress in and director for numerous productions. The exposure afforded by her work with the Arts Club Theatre led to roles at major theaters across Canada, as well as a career in features and television, including supporting roles in Robert Altman's "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" (1971) and the cult favorite "Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains" (1982) for Lou Adler. She remained one of her country's leading stage talents well into the 1990s and beyond, though her film and television career began to reap its own laurels: Wright won a Genie - the Canadian equivalent of the Oscar - for her turn in the 1992 drama "Bordertown Café," and logged supporting turns in major American features like "The Perfect Storm" (2000) and "Rollerball" (2002). In 2003, she earned a Gemini Award for her performance as a doctor contending with a water contamination outbreak in "Betrayed" (CBC, 2003), but it was her five-year run as Emma Leroy on the well-loved sitcom "Corner Gas" that endeared her to the widest audiences. Cast as Emmy Leroy, the doting and occasionally domineering mother of series creator Brent Butt's alter ego, who owned the titular station, Wright won her second Gemini for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Program in 2007, as well as a Canadian Comedy Award that same year for Best Female TV Performance. When the series ran its course in 2009, Wright continued to work in features and on stage; though hampered by ill health and personal tragedy - her parents and sister Susan perished in a 1991 fire, and her daughter, Rachel Davis, was shot while intervening in an assault outside a bar in Vancouver in 2004 - Wright continued to act and direct until 2015. The following year, CTV, which aired "Corner Gas," confirmed her death on November 14, 2016, which inspired an outpouring of affectionate remembrances from castmates and fellow actors throughout Canada.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet 79% Corner Gas: The Movie Emma (Character) - 2014
41% 38% The Tall Man Trish (Character) - 2012
70% 71% Ramona and Beezus Grandma Kemp (Character) $26.2M 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love and Other Dilemmas Jojo Ladro (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Betrayed Dr. Fleming (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Tale of Two Wives Phyllis (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thoughtcrimes Zoya (Character) - 2003
57% 62% Emile Alice (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 32% Framed Unknown (Character) - 2003
3% 14% Rollerball Coach Olga (Character) $19M 2002
11% 10% Blackwoods Ma Franklin (Character) $1.5K 2002
No Score Yet 50% Lola Ma Keller (Character) $94.8K 2001
47% 64% The Perfect Storm Ethel Shatford (Character) $182.6M 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Headmistress Naomi Bascombe (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet We the Jury Gladys McKenzie (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond the Call Fran (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Mother's Ghost Unknown (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bordertown Cafe Maxine (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Helen Armstrong (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wolfpen Principle Miss Mervin (Character) - 1974


No Score Yet No Score Yet Corner Gas Unknown (Character) 2004-2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kingdom Hospital Unknown (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
91% 91% Monk Bonnie (Guest Star) 2002
65% 94% Dark Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Due South Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Danger Bay Unknown (Guest Star) 1986-1987


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