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Colleen Dewhurst was a Canadian-American actress, best known for her role as Marilla Cuthbert in the films and TV series created by Kevin Sullivan.



Year Title Role
1957 Studio One
1958 Kraft Television Theatre Christine
Decoy Taffy
1958 - 1959 The DuPont Show of the Month Various Characters
1959 The Nun's Story Archangel Gabriel
1959 - 1961 Play of the Week Mordeen Saul / Woman
1959 - 1963 The United States Steel Hour Francie Broderick / Vera Brandon
1960 Man on a String Helen Benson
1961 The Foxes
Ben Casey Phyllis Anders
1962 Focus
The Virginian Celia Ames
The Nurses Grace Milo
The Eleventh Hour Joanne Novak
1963 The DuPont Show of the Week Karen Holt
1964 East Side / West Side Shirley Frost
1965 Dr. Kildare Eleanor Markham
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Nurse Ellen Hatch
Festival Winifred Hennessy
1966 The F.B.I. Amy Doucette
A Fine Madness Dr. Vera Kropotkin
The Big Valley Annie Morton
1967 The Crucible Elizabeth Proctor
1971 ITV Saturday Night Theatre Mrs Franz
The Price Mrs. Franz
The Last Run Monique
1972 The Cowboys Kate
The Hands of Cormac Joyce Molly Joyce
1973 The Wide World of Mystery Margery Landing
Legend in Granite Marie Lombardi
1974 Parker Adderson, Philosopher Hostess
The Music School Hostess
McQ Myra
The Story of Jacob and Joseph Rebekah
1975 A Moon for the Misbegotten Josie Hogan
1977 Annie Hall Mom Hall
1978 The Third Walker Kate Maclean
Ice Castles Beulah Smith
1979 Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story Mrs. O'Neil
Studs Lonigan Mary Lonigan
When a Stranger Calls Tracy
And Baby Makes Six Anna Kramer
Mary and Joseph: A Story of Faith Elizabeth
1980 Death Penalty Elaine Lipton
Escape Lily Levinson
Guayana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Mrs. Myrtle Kennedy
The Women's Room Val
A Perfect Match Meg Larson
Baby Comes Here Anna Kramer
A Final Assignment Dr. Valentine Ulanova
Tribute Gladys Petrelli
1981 A Few Days in Weasel Creek Aunt Cora
1982 Split Cherry Tree Mother
Quincy M.E. Dr. Barbara Ludow
Between Two Brothers
The Blue and the Gray Maggie Geyser
1983 Sometimes I Wonder Grandma
The Dead Zone Henrietta Dodd
1983 - 1984 Great Performances Olga Katrina / Red Queen
1984 Finders of Lost Loves Rachel Green
The Glitter Dome Lorna Dillman
The Love Boat Maud
1985 Anne of Green Gables

Marilla Cuthbert

A.D. Antonia
1986 Between Two Women Barbara Petherton
Johnny Bull Marie Kovacs
As Is Hospice Worker
The Boy Who Could Fly Mrs. Sherman
Sword of Gideon Golda Meir
1987 Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel Marilla Cuthbert
Disneyland Gladys
1988 Hitting Home Judge
The Twilight Zone Hallie Parker
1989 Moonlightning Betty Russell
Those She Left Behind Margaret Page
Termini Station Molly Dushane
Lantern Hill Hepzibah
1989 - 1990 Murphy Brown Avery Brown Sr.
1990 Woman in the Wind
The Exorcist III Satan
The Civil War Various Characters
Kaleidoscope Margaret
Road to Avonlea Marilla Cuthbert
1991 Dying Young Estelle Whittier
Bed & Breakfast Ruth
2000 Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story (archive footage) Marilla Cuthbert
2008 Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning (archive footage) Marilla Cuthbert

Behind the scenes[]

  • Colleen hated to wear a corset and her least favourite outfit in Anne of Green Gables was the green outfit when Marilla tells Matthew that they can't keep Anne.
  • Another fun fact from the first movie is that the lines "I'll forgive you if you forgive me" and "twenty pounds of brown sugar" was improvised.
  • Colleen was unavailable at the time of filming so Trudy Grant was used as a stand-in during the drive back to the orphanage. Grant was part of the production staff in Anne of Green Gables and the executive producer for later Sullivan adaptations.
  • Colleen was ill with food poisoning when they shot the scene in Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel where Marilla and Anne discusses Diana's engagement.


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