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Encyclopedia > Megan Follows
Megan Follows
Born March 14, 1968 (1968-03-14) (age 40)
Toronto, Ontario

Megan Elizabeth Laura Diana Follows (born March 14, 1968) is a Canadian/American actress. She is known to international audiences for her role as Anne Shirley in the acclaimed 1985 Canadian television miniseries Anne of Green Gables and its two sequels. If you hold the copyright to an image (e. ... Anne Shirley is a fictional character from the novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. ... is the 73rd day of the year (74th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the Canadian province. ... is the 73rd day of the year (74th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Anne Shirley is a fictional character from the novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. ... Anne of Green Gables is a book written by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery; it was first published in 1908. ...

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Biography

Early life

Follows was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to an acting family (sometimes referred to as "The Fighting Follows"). Her parents are noted Canadian theatre actor and director Ted Follows and his first wife, actress Dawn Greenhalgh.[1] Her siblings, Laurence, Edwina and Samantha Follows are also actors. Her first acting job came at age nine, when she landed a spot in a commercial. She was directed to make an impudent gesture out of a school bus window - like sticking out her tongue - but ended up making a rather obscene and adult gesture instead.[2] This article is about the Canadian province. ...


Career

After appearing in the kids tv show Matt and Jenny and a later stint in the Canadian series The Littlest Hobo, Follows was cast as Anne Shirley in the miniseries Anne of Green Gables, and subsequently appeared in the two sequels that followed. The part of "Anne" was a coveted role that she won over 3,000 other young girls. The miniseries, wholly produced in Canada, became successful around the world. Follows gained a substantial fan following for her portrayal of the popular literary character. Her performances earned her two Gemini awards as best actress for the first two miniseries, Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Green Gables-The Sequel. The Littlest Hobo is the title of a 1958 American film directed by Charles R. Rondeau, written by Dorrell McGowan, and starring Buddy Hart, Wendy Stuart, Carlyle Mitchell and Howard Hoffman. ... Anne Shirley is a fictional character from the novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. ... A miniseries (sometimes mini-series), in a serial storytelling medium, is a production which tells a story in a limited number of episodes. ... Anne of Green Gables is a 1985 television film, based on the novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. ...


Follows has made a number of appearances on Canadian television. She appeared in a popular made-for-TV movie, Hockey Night, around the time she appeared in Anne of Green Gables. She played the lead role of Cathy, a young girl who played hockey on a previously all-male team. Other Canadian television appearances included a role in the period drama Under the Piano, and a supporting role in Shania: A Life in Eight Albums. More recently, she appeared in the Canadian ensemble drama Robson Arms as one of the tenants of the Robson Arms apartment complex, and in the hospital drama Open Heart as a surgeon.[3] Robson Arms is a Canadian television series, that began airing on CTV Television Network on August 7, 2005. ...


Among the earliest American television appearances were roles in The Facts of Life (as a cousin of Jo Polniaczek in an episode that was intended as a backdoor pilot for a proposed spin-off) in 1982, and in the short-lived series Domestic Life as Martin Mull's TV daughter in 1984. A rarely recognized role played by Follows was Clara in the movie The Nutcracker Prince starring Kiefer Sutherland. In 1993-94 Follows was part of the ensemble in a short-lived CBS television series Second Chances with a then-unknown Jennifer Lopez. Follows has also appeared on ER, Law & Order, The X Files, Cold Case, and CSI:Crime Scene Investigation, among other TV guest roles. The Facts of Life is an American sitcom that originally ran on the NBC network from August 24, 1979 to September 13, 1988. ... Jo Polniaczek (Season 6) Joanna (Jo) Polniaczek was a fictional character on the sitcom The Facts of Life. ... A television pilot is the first episode of an intended television series. ... A spin-off (or spinoff) is a new organization or entity formed by a split from a larger one such as a new company formed from a university research group. ... Martin Mull (born August 18, 1943) is an American actor who has starred in his own TV sitcom and acted in prominent films. ... The Nutcracker Prince is a 1990 animated film made by Lacewood Productions, and released by Warner Bros. ... Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland (born December 21, 1966) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning British actor, well known for his lead role of Jack Bauer on the television series 24. ... For the meteorologist of The Weather Channel, see The Weather Channel (United States). ... ER is an Emmy-winning American serial medical drama created by novelist Michael Crichton and set primarily in the emergency room of fictional County General Hospital in Cook County, Chicago, Illinois. ... This article is about the original television series. ... X-Files intro from first 8 seasons The X-Files was a popular 1990s American science fiction television series created by Chris Carter. ... For other uses, see Cold case (disambiguation). ...


Although Follows has been more prolific in television appearances, she has appeared in a number of feature films, including Termini Station, which reunited her with Anne of Green Gables co-star Colleen Dewhurst, Christmas Child, A Foreign Affair, and two movie adaptations of Bernice Thurman Hunter's "Booky" series, Booky Makes Her Mark and Booky and the Secret Santa in which she appears with her real life husband, Stuart Hughes. Follows also co-starred with Corey Haim and Gary Busey in the 1985 film adaptation of Stephen King's novella Silver Bullet. Termini Station is a Canadian drama film, released in 1989. ... Colleen Dewhurst (born June 3, 1924; died August 22, 1991) was a Canadian-born actress best known for playing Marilla Cuthbert in the various Anne of Green Gables productions from Sullivan Entertainment. ... Born in Toronto, Ontario, Hunter spent her adult years as an Eatons employee, and did not publish her first book, That Scatterbrain Booky (1981), until she was a grandmother. ... Stuart Hughes (born in Toronto, Ontario, August 9, 1959) is a Canadian actor well known for his leading roles on the stages of Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, Soulpepper (of which he is a founding member), and many other Canadian theatre companies. ...


On the stage, Follows has starred in Romeo and Juliet at the Stratford Festival, as well as Ibsen's A Doll's House at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Recent years has seen the return of Follows on stage as a regular of the Toronto-based Soulpepper Theatre Company. In 2005, she had the leading role of May in their production of Fool for Love by Sam Shepard.[4] The following year, she took on the role of Annie in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing which ran from May 11 to May 27 at Ottawa's National Arts Centre as a coproduction between Soulpepper and NAC English Theatre. Following this run, the play also made its way to Toronto as part of Soulpepper's 2006 season from June 10 to July 29 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. In 2007, she played the role of Marlene in the summer production of Caryl Churchill's Top Girls, running from June 25 to August 4, again with the Soulpepper Theatre Company. The show was extended to August 18 after much critical acclaim from the Toronto press. Following this, she starred in Soulpepper's 2007 production of Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters, which ran from August 30 to September 29 and which was also extended to October 13. Soulpepper's 2008 season, marking the company's 10-year anniversary, signals the continuation of Megan's prolific theatre career. She is scheduled to appear in two plays. The first play, running from May 13 to June 28, is Marsha Norman's 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama 'night, Mother in which she will co-star with her real-life mother, Dawn Greenhalgh. The second play will be Soulpepper's revival of its critically acclaimed 2007 production of Caryl Churchill's Top Girls. The show will feature the same cast and director, and will run from October 25 to November 22. For other uses, see Romeo and Juliet (disambiguation). ... Henrik Johan Ibsen (March 20, 1828–May 23, 1906) was an extremely influential Norwegian playwright who was largely responsible for the rise of the modern realistic drama. ... Cover page to manuscript of A Dolls House, Henrik Ibsen, 1879 For other uses, see A Dolls House (disambiguation). ... The Guthrie Theater is a venue for staging plays in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... This article is about the city in Minnesota. ... Soulpepper Theatre Company is a Toronto theater company dedicated to presenting classic plays. ... Fool for Love may refer to: Fool for Love (play), a play by Sam Shepard Fool for Love (film), a 1985 Robert Altman movie, adapted by Shepard from his play of the same name Fool for Love (Buffy episode), an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Fools for Love, an... Sam Shepard (born November 5, 1943) is a unique American artist whose talents have been expressed in many different areas. ... Sir Tom Stoppard, OM, CBE (born as Tomáš Straussler on July 3, 1937)[1] is an Academy Award winning British playwright of more than 24 plays. ... 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Caryl Churchill (born September 3, 1938) is an English writer of stage plays known for her use of non-realistic techniques and feminist themes. ... Top Girls is a 1982 play by Caryl Churchill. ... is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 326th day of the year (327th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Personal life

In 1991, Follows married Canadian Christopher Porter, a gaffer and photographer, and was for a time credited as Megan Porter Follows. The couple divorced in 1995. They had two children: Lyla, who is dating the sexy Sean Winnik, and Russell Porter-Follows. Follows is now married to fellow actor Stuart Hughes, a founding member of the Soulpepper Theatre Company. She and Hughes (and her children) divide their time between residences in Los Angeles and Toronto. Follows is now a dual citizen of the United States and Canada. Stuart Hughes (born in Toronto, Ontario, August 9, 1959) is a Canadian actor well known for his leading roles on the stages of Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, Soulpepper (of which he is a founding member), and many other Canadian theatre companies. ... Soulpepper Theatre Company is a Toronto theater company dedicated to presenting classic plays. ...


Follows championed A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry in the 2002 edition of Canada Reads. She has also served as a spokesperson for the relief organization World Vision. A Fine Balance is the second book by Rohinton Mistry. ... Rohinton Mistry (born 3 July 1952) is considered to be one of the foremost authors of Indian heritage writing in English. ... Canada Reads is an annual battle of the books competition organized and broadcast by Canadas public broadcaster, the CBC. Overview During Canada Reads, five personalities champion five different books, each champion extolling the merits of one of the titles over a series of five programs. ...


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NAME Follows, Megan
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION Actor
DATE OF BIRTH 1968-3-14
PLACE OF BIRTH Toronto, Ontario
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH
For the in-memory database management system, see In-memory database. ... Soulpepper Theatre Company is a Toronto theater company dedicated to presenting classic plays. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... This article is about the Canadian province. ...

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