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Famous Canadians

You may be surprised at the number of popular entertainers and other public figures that hail from Canada.

  • Elizabeth Arden (born 1884, died 1966)

    Canadian-American businesswoman. Original name: Florence Nightingale Graham.

    • Born in Woodbridge, Ontario
  • Mary Pickford (born 1894, died 1979)

    Canadian actress. Original name: Gladys Mary Smith.

    • Born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Kathy Dawn ''k.d.'' Lang (born 1961)

    Canadian singer. One of the first prominent entertainers to ''come out'' as a lesbian.

    • Born in Alberta
  • Roberta L. Bondar

    Canadian astronaut.

    • First Canadian woman in space
  • Yvonne De Carlo (born 1922)

    Canadian actress. Original name: Peggy Yvonne Middleton.

    • Born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Marie Dressler (born 1869, died 1934)

    Canadian actress. Original name: Leila Marie Koerber.

    • Born in Cobourg, Ontario
  • Ann Rutherford (born 1920)

    Canadian actress.

    • Born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Norma Shearer (born 1904, died 1983)

    Canadian-born American actress.

    • Born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Fay Wray (born 1907)

    Canadian actress best known for her role in King Kong.

    • Born in Alberta
  • Anne Murray (born 1945)

    Canadian singer.

    • Born in Springhill, Nova Scotia
  • Emily Carr (born 1871, died 1945)

    Canadian painter and author whose main subjects were the natives of British Columbia.

    • Born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • Beatrice Lillie (born 1898, died 1989)

    Canadian-born English singer and comedian.

    • Born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Margot Kidder (born 1948)

    Canadian-born American actress.

    • Born in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
  • Deanna Durbin (born 1921)

    Canadian actress and singer.

    • Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Colleen Dewhurst (born 1926, died 1991)

    Canadian actress.

    • Born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Pamela Anderson Lee (born 1967)

    Canadian actress.

    • Born in Ladysmith, British Columbia
  • Alexis Smith (born 1921, died 1993)

    Canadian-born American actress.

    • Born in Penticton, British Columbia
  • Joni Mitchell (born 1943)

    Canadian musician, singer and songwriter. Original name: Roberta Joan Anderson.

    • Born in McLeod, Alberta
  • Geneviève Bujold (born 1942)

    Canadian actress.

    • Born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Tantoo Cardinal

    Native-Canadian actress.

    • Best known for her role in Dances with Wolves
  • Susan Clark (born 1944)

    Canadian actress.

    • Born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • Ruby Keeler (born 1909)

    Canadian-born American singer, tap dancer and actress. Original name: Ethel Hilda Keeler.

    • Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Mia Kirshner

    Canadian actress.

    • Born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Kate Nelligan (born 1951)

    Canadian actress.

    • Born in London, Ontario
  • Monika Schnarre (born 1971)

    Canadian model and actress.

    • Born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • Helen Shaver (born 1951)

    Canadian actress.

    • Born in St. Thomas, Ontario
  • Dorothy Stratten (born 1960, died 1980)

    Canadian actress and Playboy centerfold. Murdered by her estranged husband.

    • Born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Meg Tilly (born 1960)

    Canadian actress.

    • Born in Texada, British Columbia
  • Celine Dion

    Canadian musician.

    • Though she sings largely in French, her music has appealed to a wide audience in the United States and around the world
  • Loreena McKennitt (born 1957)

    Canadian musician and composer.

    • Born in Morden, Manitoba
  • Alanis Morissette (born 1975)

    Canadian musician, singer and songwriter.

    • Born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Teresa Stratas (born 1939)

    Canadian opera singer. Original name: Anastasia Strataki.

    • Born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Shania Twain

    Canadian musician.

    • Born in Ontario
  • Margaret Atwood (born 1939)

    Canadian novelist and poet.

    • Born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Margaret Laurence (born 1926, died 1987)

    Canadian author.

    • Born in Neepawa, Manitoba
  • Antonine Maillet

    Canadian writer.

    • Author of Acadian French novels
  • Gabrielle Roy (born 1909, died 1983)

    Canadian author best known for The Tin Flute.

    • Born in St. Boniface, Manitoba
  • Lucy Maud Montgomery (born 1874, died 1942)

    Canadian children's author. Best known for Anne of Green Gables.

    • Born in Clifton, Prince Edward Island
  • Natalie MacMaster

    Canadian Celtic fiddler.

    • Born in Troy, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

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