Janet Wright

Janet Wright (born March 8, 1945 in England) is a Canadian actress and theatre director. She is best known for her role as Emma Leroy on the hit Canadian sitcom "Corner Gas". She won a 2003 Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for her role in "Betrayed" (2003). She also won the 1992 Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for "Bordertown Café" (1993).

Family

Janet is the eldest of four siblings (others being Susan, John, and Anne) who have all made their mark in Canadian theatre. Susan Wright was killed in a fire in 1991 in Stratford, Ontario, along with their parents, Jack and Ruth (Preston).

Her sister Anne, has three children named Robin, Jack and Emma.

Murder of daughter

In January 2004, Janet's daughter Rachel Davis, 23 was shot to death while intervening for a stranger who was being beaten in front of the Purple Onion bar in Vancouver, BC. In July 2006, the shooter was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder, five counts of attempted murder and five counts of aggravated assault. His first degree murder conviction triggered an automatic sentence of life imprisonment with no chance of parole until 2029. [http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2006/07/27/gastown-sharif.html]

Rachel Davis Foundation

Janet and her husband Bruce Davis, along with the rest of their family, have started the Rachel Davis Foundation. The foundation will present an award to a young person (17-23 years of age) who has demonstrated an outstanding act of kindness or compassion. [http://www.racheldavis.ca]

Filmography

* "Corner Gas" (2004-2009) ... as Emma Leroy
* "Kingdom Hospital" (2004) (mini) ... as Liz Hinton
* "Thoughtcrimes" (2003) ... as Zoya
* "Arbor Vitae" (2003) ... as Senior Nurse
* "Double Bill" (2003) (TV) ... as Phyllis
**... aka A Tale of Two Wives (USA)
* "Emile" (2003) ... as Alice
**... aka Émile (Canada: French title)
* "Betrayed" (2003) (TV) ... as Doctor Fleming
**... aka Abus de confiance (Canada: French title)
* "Taken" (2002) (mini) ... as Patty
**... aka Steven Spielberg Presents Taken (USA: complete title)
* "Monk" (2002) (TV) ... as Bonnie
**... aka Mr. Monk and the Candidate (USA)
* "Framed" (2002) (TV)
* "Blackwoods" (2002) ... as Ma Franklin
* "Rollerball" (2002) ... as Coach Olga
**... aka Rollerball (Germany)
* "Lola" (2001) ... as Ma Keller
* "Chasing Cain" (2001) ... as Sonia
* "HRT" (2001) ... as Simone
* "The Perfect Storm" (2000) ... as Ethel Shatford
**... aka Sturm, Der (Germany)
* "" (2000) (voice) ... as Constance/Voice of 'ghost of Martin'
**... aka Brian Jacques' Mattimeo: A Tale of Redwall (Canada: English title: complete title)
* "" (2000) (TV) ... as Constance
* "The Boondock Saints" (1999)(scenes deleted)
* "Lexx" (1999) (TV) .. as Lorca, First Lady
**... aka Lexx: The Series
**... aka Tales from a Parallel Universe (USA: first season title)
* "Redwall" (1999) (voice) ... as Constance
**... aka Brian Jacques' Redwall (Canada: English title: complete title)
**... aka Redwall (France)
* "More Tales of the City" (1998) (mini) ... as Vita Keating
**... aka Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City
* "Mr. Headmistress" (1998) (TV) ... as Naomi Bascombe
* "We the Jury" (1996) (TV) ... as Gladys McKenzie
* "Beyond the Call" (1996) (TV) ... as Fran
* "My Mother's Ghost" (1996) (TV)
* "Bordertown Café" (1993) ... as Maxime
* "Bingo" (1991) ... as Emma Lois, Duke's waitress
* "American Gothic" (1988) ... as Fanny
**... aka Hide and Shriek
* "Laura Lansing Slept Here" (1988) (TV)
* "Cowboys Don't Cry" (1988) .... as Pearl
* "Christmas Comes to Willow Creek" (1987) (TV) .... Martha Jane
* "Home Is Where the Hart Is" (1987) ... as J.P.'s Wife
* "After the Promise" (1987) (TV) ... as Waitress
* "Deadly Deception" (1987) (TV) ... as Desk clerk
* "The Girl Who Spelled Freedom" (1986) (TV) ... as Woman Neighbor
* "Loyalties" (1986) ... as Audrey Sawchuk
**... aka Double allégeance (Canada: French title: TV title)
* "Brotherly Love" (1985) (TV) ... as Helen Neary
* "The Three Wishes of Billy Grier" (1984) (TV) ... as Woman in Bar
* "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" (1983) (TV) ... as Helen Armstrong
* "Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains" (1981) ... as Brenda
**... aka All Washed Up
* "Who'll Save Our Children?" (1978) (TV)
* "The Wiz" (1978/I) (voice) (uncredited) ... as The Wiz Singers Adult Choir
* "The Wolfpen Principle" (1974) ... as Miss Mervin
* "McCabe & Mrs. Miller" (1971) ... as Eunice

External links

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* [http://www.cornergas.com/whoswho/?bio=4 Corner Gas official website - Janet Wright bio]


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