Shirley Douglas

television and film actress from Canada (1934-2020)

Shirley Jean Douglas OC (April 2, 1934 – April 5, 2020) was a Canadian actress and activist. She was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. Her career began in 1950 and she retired in 2013. She played Mrs. Starch in the 1962 movie Lolita. Her father was Premier of Saskatchewan Tommy Douglas.

Shirley Douglas

Shirley Jean Douglas

(1934-04-02)April 2, 1934
DiedApril 5, 2020(2020-04-05) (aged 86)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Cause of deathPneumonia-related problems
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
OccupationActress, activist
Years active1950—2013
Spouse(s)Timothy Emil Sicks
(m. 19??; div. 19??)
Donald Sutherland
(m. 1966; div. 1970)
Children3, including Kiefer Sutherland
Parent(s)Tommy Douglas
Irma Dempsey

Douglas was married to Donald Sutherland from 1966 through 1970. They had three children, including Kiefer Sutherland.[1]

Douglas died in Toronto of pneumonia-related problems three days after her 86th birthday on April 5, 2020.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1955 Joe MacBeth Patsy
1962 Lolita Mrs. Starch
1983 The Wars Mrs. Lawson
1988 Dead Ringers Laura
1988 Shadow Dancing Nicole
1992 Passage of the Heart Katherine Ward
1992 The Shower Marie
1994 Mesmer Duchess DuBarry
1998 Barney's Great Adventure Grandma
2000 Woman Wanted Peg
2000 The Law of Enclosures Myra
2000 Franklin and the Green Knight Narrator Video


  1. Ouzounian, Richard (2013-02-09). "Shirley Douglas fondly remembers her famous father, Tommy Douglas". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  2. Actress-activist Shirley Douglas, daughter of medicare's Tommy Douglas, dies

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