Shirley Douglas Biography, Shirley Douglas Wiki
Shirley Douglas, the mother of actor Kiefer Sutherland and ex-wife of Donald Sutherland, passed away on the morning of April 5. She was 86.
Kiefer revealed the news on Twitter on Sunday afternoon, writing, “Early this morning my mother, Shirley Douglas, passed away due to complications surrounding pneumonia (not related to COVID19.)”
— Kiefer Sutherland (@RealKiefer) April 5, 2020
He continued, “My mother was an extraordinary woman who led an extraordinary life. Sadly she had been battling for her health for quite some time and we, as a family, knew this day was coming. To any families who have lost loved ones unexpectedly to the Coronavirus, my heart breaks for you. Please stay safe.”
Quick Facts You Need to Know
Shirley Douglas Age
She was 86 years old.
Shirley Douglas Early Life
Born on April 2, 1934, Douglas showed an early interest in the arts as well as politics as she journeyed on the campaign trail with her father, who became premier of Saskatchewan, a federal NDP leader and a socialist icon.
Shirley Douglas Education
She attended the Banff School of Fine Arts and went on to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England, where she acted in theatre and TV and participated in anti-nuclear marches.
Shirley Douglas Career
Douglas was a theater and film actress and has appeared in a number of notable projects including Wind at My Back, The Stone Angel, The Silver Surfer, and Flash Gordon. In 1952, she graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
In 2013, Rick Mercer told The Star: “She is not only one of the greatest actresses this country has ever produced, but she is also one of her best gossips.”
Shirley Douglas Married, Husband
Douglas was married to Donald Sutherland from 1966 to 1970.
Speaking to The Star, Douglas shared of her marriage to the actor, “Well, we moved to Los Angeles, we lived there a while and then I moved back to Canada.”
Shirley Douglas Children
Together, she and Donald had two children, Kiefer and Rachel.
Shirley Douglas Death
Shirley Douglas, the impassioned Canadian activist and veteran actress who was mother to actor Kiefer Sutherland and daughter of medicare founder Tommy Douglas, has died.
Sutherland announced his mother’s death on Twitter, saying she succumbed to complications surrounding pneumonia on Sunday morning.
“My mother was an extraordinary woman who led an extraordinary life,” said Sutherland.
Shirley Douglas Son
In 1997 Douglas appeared with his son on stage in a production of The Glass Menagerie.
Shirley Douglas Against Vietnam War
In the ’60s and ’70s, while living in California, Douglas campaigned against the Vietnam War and protested for various political and social causes.
Shirley Douglas Black Panther
She also helped to establish a fundraising group called Friends of the Black Panthers. Her support for the group brought controversy, though — she was refused a U.S. work permit and arrested in 1969 on conspiracy charges of possessing unregistered explosives. The courts eventually dismissed the case and exonerated her.