Jackie Burroughs

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The Independent Online

Jackie Burroughs, who died on 22 September aged 71, was best known for her role as the schoolteacher Hetty King on the popular Canadian television series Road to Avonlea.

Born in Lancashire in February 1939, Burroughs moved to Canada when she was 13 and went on to attend the University of Toronto. Her acting career began in summer theatre after she graduated and later included runs at the Stratford Festival. She made more than 75 feature films and received multiple Genies, Geminis and a Governor General's award for her work.

On the screen, she won her first Genie for The Grey Fox and also went on to play Amelia Evans in the 1985 television film Anne of Green Gables. That role landed her a part on Road to Avonlea, where she became a familiar face in the eccentric role of Hetty King, taking home three Geminis.

Her marriage to Zal Yanovsky, a founder-member of The Loving Spoonful, ended soon after their daughter was born. Until recently Burroughs divided her time between a home in Mexico and an apartment in Toronto.