Shirley Douglas blasts CBC as she picks up lifetime achievement award -

Shirley Douglas blasts CBC as she picks up lifetime achievement award


Shirley Douglas was recognized by friends, family and fans last evening during an ACTRA celebration in Toronto.

The star of stage and screen was honoured by the Toronto branch of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists with a lifetime achievement award.

Before receiving her award from Rick Mercer, Douglas made the case for change in the Canadian TV industry.

“CBC is in my line of fire,” the Canadian Press quotes the actress as saying. “I just cannot believe that that company has not recognized that they need name recognition. And I used to be told long ago that one of the reasons they didn’t is that they were afraid we would become well-known and then want more money. And I don’t know what the reason is, but even to this day there’s a poster for ‘Heartland’ with that poor woman standing there with the horse (and) miles of blue sky to write everyone’s name on. You don’t know even (know): Is it a car company? What is it?”

Douglas made the same case earlier in the week when she appeared on Global’s morning show. “Every country in the world has incredible talent,” she said Thursday, “but you’ve got to recognize it and you’ve got to develop it [and] look after it or it will go away.”

Shirley Douglas earns lifetime achievement award

Storified by Maclean’s Magazine· Sun, Feb 24 2013 04:57:32

Looking forward to the ACTRA awards this evening! More fun than the Oscars, because we don’t have to sit for four hours plus our thespians are naturally good-looking without plastic surgery…Dan Lyon
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Heading the the ACTRA awards to see Shirley Douglas pick up the Award of Excellence.Rick Mercer
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