Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Florence Castonguay

Actress, artistic director

1897-1992; born in Ottawa.

Important figure of franco-ontarian theatre, actress and founder/artistic director at Le Caveau.

PLayed her first important role in 1929 (one of Sainte-Thérèse de Lisieux's sisters).

Worked with Laurette Larocque-Auger, alias Jean Despréz in Hull; won a governor general award for best francophone actress for her role in L'Innocente, directed by Larocque-Auger in 1935.

Played her last role after the Second World World at age 50; she played a young 18 year old Maria Chapdeleine, and triumphed.

Founded La Comédie nouvelle in 1948 and committed herself full-time to artistic direction and teaching in Ottawa.

A 6-hour documentary film on her life was made by André Fortier - 30 ans de théâtre parisien à Ottawa; Florence Castonguay, comédienne et directrice de théâtre.


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