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Frances Hyland (II) (1927–2004)

Frances Hyland was born on April 25, 1927 in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, Canada. She was an actress, known for The Changeling (1980), Happy Birthday to Me (1981) and Hounds of Notre Dame (1980). She was married to George McCowan. She died on July 11, 2004 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. See full bio »
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 1997 I'll Be Home for Christmas (TV Movie)
Thelma Jenkins
 1997 A Prayer in the Dark (TV Movie)
 1996 PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (TV Series)
Catherine Cartwright
- Reptilian Revenge/Ghostly Voices (1996) ... Catherine Cartwright
 1995 Never Talk to Strangers
Mrs. Slotnick
 1995 When the Dark Man Calls (TV Movie)
Dr. Martha Petrie
 1995 Due South (TV Series)
Fraser's Grandmother
- Letting Go (1995) ... Fraser's Grandmother
 1990-1995 Avonlea (TV Series)
Nanny Banks / Louisa Banks
- Comings and Goings (1995) ... Louisa Banks
- Sara's Homecoming (1990) ... Nanny Banks
- The Journey Begins (1990) ... Nanny Banks
 1994 Lives of Girls & Women (TV Movie)
Aunt Grace
 1994 Tales from the Cryptkeeper (TV Series)
Aunt Melva
- The Haunted Mine (1994) ... Aunt Melva (voice)
 1994 Broken Lullaby (TV Movie)
 1993-1994 Street Legal (TV Series)
Caroline Diamond
- Persons Living or Dead (1994) ... Caroline Diamond
- Forgiveness (1993) ... Caroline Diamond
- Thicker Than Water (1993) ... Caroline Diamond
 1994 Lonesome Dove: The Series (TV Series)
Clementine Coffey
- Duty Bound (1994) ... Clementine Coffey
 1993 The Hidden Room (TV Series)
- After the Crash (1993) ... Rita
 1993 Survive the Night (TV Movie)
 1990 E.N.G. (TV Series)
- Division of Labour (1990) ... Thelma
 1989 Glory! Glory! (TV Movie)
 1988 Lonely Knights (TV Movie)
 1988 Night Heat (TV Series)
- No Regrets (1988) ... Marie
 1988 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Laura Kincaid
- Dream Me a Life (1988) ... Laura Kincaid
 1988 Liberace: Behind the Music (TV Movie)
Florence Bettray Kelly
 1987 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Edith Ferris
- The Impatient Patient (1987) ... Edith Ferris
 1986 Kay O'Brien (TV Series)
Dr. Sarah McDonovan
- Princess of the City (1986) ... Dr. Sarah McDonovan
 1985 The Sight (Short)
 1985 The Hearst and Davies Affair (TV Movie)
Rose Duras
 1983 Pygmalion (TV Movie)
Mrs. Higgins
 1981 Titans (TV Series)
Elizabeth I.
- Elizabeth I (1981) ... Elizabeth I.
 1981 Tales of the Haunted (TV Movie)
 1973-1980 The Beachcombers (TV Series)
- Sadie Is a Lady (1980) ... Sadie
- Sadie (1973) ... Sadie
 1980 Hounds of Notre Dame
Mother Therese
 1980 Matt and Jenny (TV Series)
Martha Jane
- A Woman's Place (1980) ... Martha Jane
 1979 The Albertans (TV Movie)
Marjanne Hardin
 1978 Home to Stay (TV Movie)
Aunt Martha
 1974 Drylanders Episode 1 (Short)
 1974 The Naked Mind (TV Series)
 1972 Another Smith for Paradise
Marie Smith
 1967 The Mystery Maker (TV Series)
 1966 Each Day That Comes (Short)
 1963 Drylanders
 1961-1962 Playdate (TV Series)
Ethel / Nellie Bancroft / Alice
- Love Story 1910 (1962) ... Ethel
- The Vigilante (1962) ... Nellie Bancroft
- The Salt of the Earth (1961) ... Alice
 1961 Salt of the Earth (TV Movie)
 1960-1961 Festival (TV Series)
- Julius Caesar (1960)
 1960 The Unforeseen (TV Series)
- Desire (1960)
 1960 Suspense (TV Series)
- Love Story (1960) ... Ethel
 1959-1960 R.C.M.P. (TV Series)
Lucy Dodds / Mrs.Phillips
- The Hunt (1960) ... Lucy Dodds
- The Replacement (1959) ... Mrs.Phillips
 1959 Folio (TV Series)
- The Master of Santiago (1959) ... Mariana
 1959 Hudson's Bay (TV Series)
Susan Murray
- Bosom Friends ... Susan Murray
 1958 First Performance (TV Series)
 1957/II Twelfth Night (TV Movie)
Lady Olivia
 1955 On Camera (TV Series)
- The Queen's Ring (1955)
 1950-1954 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Megan Owen / Sonia / Penelope Blessington / ...
- The Gift (1954) ... Megan Owen
- Crime and Punishment (1953) ... Sonia
- Adam's Apple (1952) ... Penelope Blessington
- Deep Are the Roots (1950) ... Genevra Langdon
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She acted in the play, "Freedom of the City", at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois with David Jenkins in the cast. William Woodman was the director. See more »

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Personal Quote:

[on actress Kate Reid]: We fought a lot, especially when she was drunk and I would have to sustain a long scene. For the audience, it didn't matter because she was so compelling, but once we had a serious rift over that and didn't really see or talk to each other very much for some years. But she was an extraordinary person. See more »


Her mother, Jessie Worden Hyland, a teacher, and her father, Thomas Hyland, a salesman, separated when she was a child and Frances never saw her father again. She has often indicated that she believes the split made her unusually shy and withdrawn. See more »

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