2007 Cultural Cultural

The grande dame of Quebec’s film and theatre industries Denise Filiatrault is one of the province’s best known stars. She first made her mark with her comedic talent, appearing in the television series Les belles histoires des pays d’en haut by Claude-Henri Grignon in 1956; Moi et l’autre in 1964; Les Plouffe in 1981; and Le crime d’Ovide Plouffe in 1984.

In 1968, Ms. Filiatrault interpreted the role of Rose Ouimet in Michel Tremblay’s Les bellessoeurs. She has appeared in numerous films, including La mort d’un bûcheron (G. Carle, 1973), Il était une fois dans l’Est (A. Brassard, 1973) and such France-Quebec co-productions as Par le sang des autres (Simenon, 1974), Au revoir… à lundi (Dugowson, 1979), and Mado (C. Sautet, 1976).

Writer, actress, comedienne, and director, Ms. Filiatrault pursued her career in the theater, where she directed Les Fridolinades by Gratien Gélinas, Les fourberies de Scapin, Demain matin Montréal m’attend by Michel Tremblay, Les leçons de Maria Callas, Les palmes de M. Schutz, Cabaret by Joe Masteroff, My Fair Lady, an adaptation of the play by George Bernard Shaw, and, more recently, Neuf inspired by Fellini’s 8 1/2, at Théâtre du Rideau Vert. With her customary drive and determination, she then tackled the world of film direction with C’t’à ton tour Laura Cadieux I and II , L’odyssée d’Alice Tremblay, and Ma vie en cinémascope. Returning to television, she then both wrote and directed the series Le petit monde de Laura Cadieux I, II , and III .

Denise Filiatrault was named Officer of the Ordre national du Québec as well as of the Order of Canada and has received many awards, including the Prix Gémeaux-Hommage in 1995 in honour of her entire career, the Prix Victor-Morin in 1991 for her entire body of work, and the Masque (Prix du public), which she received twice, in 1995 and 1996. In 1999, she was presented with the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award; in 2005, she received the Advancement of Women Grand Prize; and, in March 2006, she was awarded the Prix Jutra-Hommage.