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Joan Orenstein

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Joan Orenstein December 4, 1923 – October 10, 2009 was a British-born Canadian actress, primarily on stage, although she performed in other media One of her best-known roles was in the 1997 film The Hanging Garden as the dotty old grandmother, Grace


  • 1 Acting career
  • 2 Family
  • 3 Awards
    • 31 Atlantic Film Festival
    • 32 Genie Awards
  • 4 Theatre work
  • 5 Filmography
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Acting career

Joan Travell was born in 1923 in London, and emigrated to Canada in the 1940s after World War II

She acted across Canada but mostly acted for Halifax's Neptune Theatre She also performed lead roles on most of the major Canadian stages, including the Centaur Theatre, the National Arts Centre, the Belfry Theatre, the Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Calgary, the Shaw Festival, the Canadian Stage and the Manitoba Theatre Centre She also performed on television, in film, on radio and in the recording industry


She was married to Henry Orenstein, an artist and CBC production designer They had five daughters, including actress Sarah Orenstein, a Dora Award winner, dancer Cia Tweel , designer Edie Orenstein, flutist Ruth Orenstein


Atlantic Film Festival

  • Atlantic Canadian Award Best Acting - Female winner for: The Hanging Garden 1997
  • Atlantic Canadian Award Outstanding Performance by an Actress winner for: The Event 2003

Genie Awards

  • Genie Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role nominated for: The Hanging Garden 1997

Theatre work

  • Centaur Theatre
    • Juno and the Paycock
    • People Are Living There
    • Stone Angel
    • Road to Mecca
    • Albertine in Five Times
    • La Sagouine
  • National Arts Centre
    • Waiting for the Parade
    • Mother Courage
    • Ghosts
  • Neptune Theatre
    • Forever Yours
    • Marie-Lou
    • Memories of You
  • Canadian Stage
    • Odd Jobs
  • Belfry Theatre
    • The Magnificent Voyage of Emily Carr
    • If We Are Women
  • Tarragon Theatre
    • Mrs Klein with daughter Sarah Orenstein
  • Theatre Calgary
    • Transit of Venus
  • Shaw Festival
    • Mrs Warren's Profession
    • Hedda Gabler
  • Manitoba Theatre Centre
    • night, Mother
  • Vancouver East Cultural Centre
    • Song of this Place with daughter Sarah Orenstein


  • Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion 2003
  • The Event, 2003
  • Hunger Point 2003
  • Baba's House 2002
  • Emily of New Moon: Eye of Heaven & Storms of the Heart, 1998
  • Emily of New Moon: Paradise Lost & The Enchanted Doll, 1998
  • Emily of New Moon: The Wild Rover, The Ghost of Whyther Grange & A Child Shall Lead Them, 1998
  • Emily of New Moon: A Winter's Tale & The Sound of Silence, 1998
  • The Hanging Garden, 1997
  • Never Too Late, 1997
  • Henry & Verlin, 1994


  1. ^ "Stage great Joan Orenstein dies" cbcca, October 19, 2009
  2. ^ Orenstein, Joan, Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia

External links

  • Joan Orenstein on IMDb

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