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Faith Susan Alberta Watson
March 6, 1955
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Died||March 23, 2015 60) (aged|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Faith Susan Alberta Watson (March 6, 1955 – March 21, 2015), better known as Alberta Watson, was a Canadian film and television actress.
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Watson was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1955.She grew up in Toronto with her mother Grace, a factory worker, and her brother. She began performing with a local Toronto theater group, T.H.O.G. (Theater House of God), of the Bathurst Street United Church at age 15.
Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario and the most populous city in Canada, with a population of 2,731,571 in 2016. Current to 2016, the Toronto census metropolitan area (CMA), of which the majority is within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), held a population of 5,928,040, making it Canada's most populous CMA. Toronto is the anchor of an urban agglomeration, known as the Golden Horseshoe in Southern Ontario, located on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. A global city, Toronto is a centre of business, finance, arts, and culture, and is recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world.
Watson took a workshop for the Hair musical.While doing this workshop she did Hamlet, which was directed by René Bonnière who later directed her in La Femme Nikita .
Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical is a rock musical with a book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado and music by Galt MacDermot. A product of the hippie counterculture and sexual revolution of the late 1960s, several of its songs became anthems of the anti-Vietnam War peace movement. The musical's profanity, its depiction of the use of illegal drugs, its treatment of sexuality, its irreverence for the American flag, and its nude scene caused much comment and controversy. The musical broke new ground in musical theatre by defining the genre of "rock musical", using a racially integrated cast, and inviting the audience onstage for a "Be-In" finale.
René Gabriel Bonnière is a French Canadian film director and editor. He has had a prolific career, working in television and film in both French and English productions.
Watson got her first role at age 19 in a CBC movie called Honor Thy Father.Early in her career she portrayed the role of Mitzi in George Kaczender's In Praise of Older Women (1978), for which she received a Genie nomination. A year later she received the Best Actress award at the Yorkton Film Festival for "Exposure". She moved to Los Angeles, California, and later to New York City.
George Kaczender was a Hungarian-born Canadian film director. He directed 26 films between 1963 and 2001.
In Praise of Older Women is George Kaczender’s twelfth feature film. It was written by Stephen Vizinczey (novel), Paul Gottlieb and Barrie Wexler. The story happens in Hungary during and after World War II but the movie was shot in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The film was premiered at the Toronto Festival of Festivals on September 14, 1978.
The City of New York, usually called either New York City (NYC) or simply New York (NY), is the most populous city in the United States and thus also in the state of New York. With an estimated 2017 population of 8,622,698 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles (784 km2), New York is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 20,320,876 people in its 2017 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 23,876,155 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, fashion, and sports. The city's fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.
Watson lived in New Jersey for eight yearswith her husband until they divorced. She then returned to Toronto and focused on finding roles in independent films. She worked with director Colleen Murphy on the film Shoemaker (1996), for which she received a second Genie nomination for Best Actress.
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Shoemaker is a 1996 Canadian drama film. It was directed by Colleen Murphy, written by Jaan Kolk and produced by Elizabeth Yake by Subjective Eye and the Canadian Film Centre.
Among her well-known film roles are the bed-ridden mother Susan Aibelli in the 1994 American independent film Spanking the Monkey , Lauren Murphy (the mother of Jonny Lee Miller's character Dade, aka "Crash Override"/"Zero Cool") in the 1995 cult film Hackers , and Risa in the 1997 Academy Award nominated Canadian film The Sweet Hereafter , directed by Atom Egoyan.
Spanking the Monkey is a 1994 American black comedy film written and directed by David O. Russell. The title is a slang phrase for masturbation and is used in the film by one of the teenage characters. It was filmed in Pawling, New York.
Hackers is a 1995 American crime film directed by Iain Softley and starring Jonny Lee Miller, Angelina Jolie, Renoly Santiago, Laurence Mason, Matthew Lillard, Jesse Bradford, Lorraine Bracco, and Fisher Stevens. The film follows a group of high school hackers and their involvement in a corporate extortion conspiracy. Made in the 1990s when the Internet was unfamiliar to the general public, it reflects the ideals laid out in the Hacker Manifesto quoted in the film: "This is our world now... the world of the electron and the switch [...] We exist without skin color, without nationality, without religious bias... and you call us criminals. [...] Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity." Hackers has achieved cult classic status.
The Sweet Hereafter is a 1997 Canadian drama film written and directed by Atom Egoyan, starring Ian Holm, Sarah Polley and Bruce Greenwood and adapted from the novel of the same name by Russell Banks. The film tells the story of a school bus accident in a small town that results in the deaths of numerous children. A class-action lawsuit ensues, proving divisive in the community and becoming tied with personal and family issues.
In Spanking the Monkey, Watson plays her favorite character,a mother who has an incestuous relationship with her son. The role was turned down by several actresses such as Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange and others. Watson said:
|“||I took it because it was a heck of a challenge. And I'm not a name with an image to protect. The subject was incest. It didn't scare me at all. I seized the character and made her something. She was a deeply disturbed woman with a roller coaster of emotions. Her son visits for the summer and she's laid up in a cast with a broken leg and things get out of hand.||”|
She played the role of Madeline in La Femme Nikita for four seasons from 1997 to 2001 (with guest appearances in the short fifth season). During the show's second season (in 1998), Watson was diagnosed with lymphoma, for which she had to undergo chemotherapy treatment which caused her to lose her hair.Producers at La Femme Nikita worked around her treatment and limited her appearances. Watson wore wigs in the show when she lost her hair. When her hair started to regrow, she sported the short haircut in her role as Madeline in the show's third season.
Watson's first name inspired the character Alberta Green in the first season of 24 .[ citation needed ] In 2005, Watson joined the cast of 24, playing CTU Director Erin Driscoll for 12 episodes of the show's fourth season.
During 2007 and 2008, Watson played a supporting role in the Canadian television series The Border as the Minister of Public Safety.
In 2010, Watson guest-starred in Heartland , a series on CBC Television, and she won a 2011 Gemini Award for her portrayal of Sarah Craven.
In a nod to her La Femme Nikita role, Alberta played recurring character Madeline Pierce in Nikita, the CW's 2010-2013 reboot of the film and TV series.
Watson died on March 21, 2015, due to complications from cancer at Kensington Hospice in Toronto fifteen days after her 60th birthday.
|1978||In Praise of Older Women||Mitzi|
|1979||Stone Cold Dead||Olivia Page|
|1980||Virus||Litha||AKA, Day of Resurrection|
|1982||The Soldier||Susan Goodman|
|1983||The Keep||Eva Cuza|
|1987||White of the Eye||Ann Mason|
|1989||Destiny to Order||Thalia / Marla / Nicole|
|1991||The Hitman||Christine De Vera|
|1994||Spanking the Monkey||Susan Aibelli|
|1995||What's His Face||Woman||Short film|
|1996||Sweet Angel Mine||Megan|
|1997||The Sweet Hereafter||Risa|
|1998||Seeds of Doubt||Jennifer Kingsley|
|1999||The Life Before This||Nita|
|2001||Hedwig and the Angry Inch||Hansel's Mom|
|2001||Chasing Cain||Denise McGoogan|
|2001||The Art of Woo||Caterin|
|2002||The Wild Dogs||Natalie|
|2004||The Prince and Me||Amy Morgan|
|2004||My Brother's Keeper||Helen Woods|
|2004||Vendetta: No Conscience, No Mercy||Anne Phelan|
|2004||Some Things That Stay||Liz Anderson|
|2006||Citizen Duane||Bonnie Balfour|
|2006||Away from Her||Dr. Fischer|
|2006||A Lobster Tale||Martha Brewer|
|2007||The Lookout||Barbara Pratt|
|2009||The Spine||Mary Rutherford||Short film|
|1980||King of Kensington||Mitzi||Episode: "War and Peace"|
|1980||War Brides||Norma||TV film|
|1983||I Am a Hotel||Suzanne||TV short|
|1984||Hill Street Blues||Prostitute||Episode: "Fuched Again"|
|1984||Deadly Nightmares||Jill Friedlander||Episode: "Remembering Melody"|
|1985||Murder in Space||Dominica Mastrelli||TV film|
|1985||The Equalizer||Carla Holden||Episode: "The Distant Fire"|
|1985||Kane & Abel||Zofia Rosnovski||TV miniseries|
|1986||Fortune Dane||Amy Steiner||TV series|
|1986||Women of Valor||Lt. Helen Prescott||TV film|
|1987||Street Legal||Mercedes Puentes||Episode: "Tango Bellarosa"|
|1987–1988||Buck James||Dr. Rebecca Meyer||Main role (19 episodes)|
|1989||The Equalizer||Taffy Gould||Episode: "The Caper"|
|1989||Shannon's Deal||Terry Lomax||TV film|
|1989||Street Legal||Maria Lopez||Episode: "Partners and Other Strangers"|
|1990||Island Son||Nina Delaney||Episode: "Separations"|
|1990||Grand||Andrea||Episode: "The Return of Yale Pinhaus"|
|1991||Law & Order||Miss Hanley||Episode: "His Hour Upon the Stage"|
|1992||Law & Order||Angela Brandt||Episode: "Skin Deep"|
|1993||Relentless: Mind of a Killer||Ellen Giancola||TV film|
|1993||Matrix||Marie Sands||Episode: "Conviction of His Courage"|
|1994||Jonathan Stone: Threat of Innocence||Deborah Walsh Bradford||TV film|
|1995||The Outer Limits||Lynda Tillman||Episode: "If These Walls Could Talk"|
|1995||A Child Is Missing||Agent Lynette Graham||TV film|
|1996||Giant Mine||Peggy Witte||TV film|
|1996||Gotti||Victoria Gotti||TV film|
|1997–2001||La Femme Nikita||Madeline||Main role (89 episodes)|
Nominated - Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series
|1998||The Girl Next Door||Mary Bradley||TV film|
|2000||Soul Food||Judge Olivia Delaney||Episode: "The More Things Stay the Same"|
|2001||After the Harvest||Amelia Gare||TV film|
|2002||Guilt by Association||Angie||TV film|
|2002||Chasing Cain: Face||Det. Denise McGoogan||TV film|
|2003||The Risen||Amanda Knowles||TV film|
|2003||Penguins Behind Bars||Babs (voice)||TV film|
|2003||Missing||Mrs. Mastriani||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2003||Choice: The Henry Morgentaler Story||Chava Rosenfarb-Morgentaler||TV film|
|2004||Puppets Who Kill||Judge||Episode: "Bill Sues"|
|2004||The Newsroom||Susan||Recurring role (4 episodes)|
|2004||Show Me Yours||Toni Bane||Recurring role (8 episodes)|
|2004–2005||24||Erin Driscoll||Regular role (13 episodes)|
|2005||Million Dollar Murder||Ted's Lawyer||TV film|
|2006||At the Hotel||Camille||Recurring role (4 episodes)|
|2006||Angela's Eyes||Lydia Anderson||Recurring role (6 episodes)|
|2008||The Border||Minister Suzanne Fleischer||Recurring role (10 episodes)|
|2010||Heartland||Sarah Craven||Episode: "Where the Truth Lies"|
|2011–2012||Nikita||Senator Madeline Pierce||Recurring role (9 episodes)|
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