Huguette OLIGNY

Huguette OLIGNY

2003 Cultural Cultural

A native Montrealer, Huguette Oligny began her acting career at a very young age and probably owes her passion for the performing arts to her mother, Odette Oligny, a writer and journalist who frequently took her daughter along to the cultural events she covered for La Presse.

Equally comfortable on stage and on screen, Ms. Oligny has managed over her illustrious career to reach and touch audiences of all ages. Her talent as a performer and her ability to portray vastly different characters have earned her the admiration of the public and the respect of her peers.

In the theatre, Huguette Oligny has acted some of the greatest classical roles including Célimène in Le misanthrope de Molière, title roles in Schiller's Marie Stuart and Racine's Bérénice, Elmire and Toinette in Tartuffe and in Molière's Le malade imaginaire, Gabrielle in Schnitzler's Anatole, and Marguerite in La dame aux camélias, by Dumas fils.

She has also been involved in such remarkable Quebec theatrical creations as Le temps des lilas by Marcel Dubé; Tit-Coq and Hier les enfants dansaient by Gratien Gélinas; Yves Thériault's Le marcheur, which she directed; and Françoise Loranger's La dame de 100 ans, which she has performed more than a hundred times across the province. Moreover, since she can act in either French or English, her artistic career has taken her to the major stages in the country as well as to New York, Chicago, Paris, Brussels and several other European cities.

Ms. Oligny got her start in movies by dubbing for Metro Goldwin Mayer (Hollywood). She then obtained parts in several Canadian and foreign films such as Claude Jutra's Kamouraska and The book of Eve, an English feature film in which she played alongside Claire Bloom. Huguette Oligny has also been involved in television since its debut in this country. Viewers will remember her in such continuing series as Rue des Pignons, Le clan Beaulieu, and just recently, Emma, as well as in the T.V. dramas Adieu Françoise, Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Les dames du jeudi and Les violons de l'automne.

A member of the board of the Union des artistes from 1962 to 1964, she has also been involved in humanitarian causes such as les petits frères des Pauvres and the Canadian Cancer Society. Huguette Oligny was named best francophone actress in the country seven times. She was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada in 1984 and promoted to Companion in 1997.

Her step-son, filmmaker Pascal Gélinas, made a documentary entitled: Huguette Oligny, Le désir de vivre.