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Thibault, Olivette

Actor born in Montreal, Quebec, who was an integral part of Canadian theatre history.

She studied dance, acting and singing with some of Montreal's top private teachers before making her début on radio. By the age of 16, however, she was making her theatrical début.

She founded her own troupe in 1941 - Comoedia - which presented two works Kiki and Peg de mon coeur/Peg O' My Heart.

She participated in many revues afterwards, including those of Gratien Gélinas - Les Fridolinades - and played the love interest in the premiere of his Tit-Coq in 1948.

She then went on to star at the Variétés lyriques in several musical comedies, operettas and revues.

She also had a magnificent career on television and in film.

She said, about acting, "To amuse, to entertain, people is, I believe, the first mission of an actor. This entertainment can go a long way - to dramas of conscience, even - and is not necessarily synonymous with vaudeville and melodrama. But theatre that, first and foremost, addresses itself to the mind does not fall into my definition of theatre."

Last updated 2003-01-28