Walsh in 2008
Mary Cynthia Walsh
May 13, 1952
|Occupation||Actress, comedian, writer|
|Awards||Best writing in a comedy or variety program 2006 Hatching, Matching and Dispatching|
Walsh was born in St. John's, [[Newfoundland and Labrador]], the daughter of Mary and Leo Walsh, a merchant marine turned firefighter on commercial vessels. She is the seventh of eight children, and is of Irish ancestry. She is a past member of Girl Guides of Canada.
Walsh studied theatre in Toronto at Ryerson University but dropped out to work with the CODCO comedy troupe on a series of stage shows, which eventually evolved into a sketch comedy series. The CODCO series ran from 1987 to 1992 on CBC Television.
This Hour Has 22 Minutes
In 1992, she began to work with former co-star Rick Mercer and former CODCO co-stars Cathy Jones and Greg Thomey to create a new television series called This Hour Has 22 Minutes. The show would be a parody of the nightly news and would poke fun at Canadian and international politics. 22 Minutes received strong ratings during its earlier seasons and Walsh's character Marg Delahunty became famous for buttonholing politicians and submitting them to satirical interviews. Usually Marg Delahunty would recite a scripted piece intended to humiliate the politician, often by providing criticism and "grandmotherly" advice. Sometimes Marg appeared as "Marg, Princess Warrior", a parody of the title character of Xena: Warrior Princess portrayed by Lucy Lawless. Walsh is also noted for her comical segment chronicling the Canadian Auto Workers Union's tense blockade of the Volvo Halifax Assembly plant in 1998. In 2007, she revived Marg Delahunty for the Royal Canadian Air Farce's 300th episode. On October 24, 2011, Walsh was once again in the spotlight as she reprised the role of Marg Delahunty conducting an ambush interview of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford at his home. Ford's reaction and alleged verbal abuse directed at 911 operator made national headlines. She also reprised her role as Marg, Princess Warrior for an episode of 22 Minutes' 25th season in December 2017.
Walsh's other television work included the short-run sitcoms Dooley Gardens in 1999, Hatching, Matching and Dispatching and she had a guest starring role as Miranda Cahill on the CBC television series, Republic of Doyle. She currently has a recurring role on CBC's Little Dog. She created the CBC program Mary Walsh: Open Book, a talk show about books and literature, in 2003. Walsh revived the Fury family from Hatching, Matching, and Dispatching by writing and starring in A Christmas Furyin 2017.
Besides TV acting, she has worked on movies such as Mambo Italiano, Geraldine's Fortune, Rain, Drizzle and Fog, Buried on Sunday, The Divine Ryans, Young Triffie, Violet,and The Grand Seduction.
2004 saw Walsh host a segment on the CBC documentary series The Greatest Canadian, in which she championed the case for Sir Frederick Banting (the Nobel prize-winning discoverer of insulin) as the greatest Canadian who ever lived.
In June 2007, she hosted the Pride Toronto Gala & Awards ceremony.
On December 15, 2007, Walsh made national news with a story about her upcoming special, Nudity, Sexuality, Violence and Coarse Language, in which a large group of people who went and stripped naked standing next to St. John's Harbour in −11° Celsius (12.2° Fahrenheit) temperature to be filmed as a part of the show's closing. Walsh herself did not go nude.
In 2017, Walsh published her debut novel, Crying for the Moon.
Walsh has battled alcoholism. The Toronto Star reported that the end of CODCO coincided with the end of Walsh's active alcoholism, with Walsh stating "which was a damn good thing because I could have never done This Hour Has 22 Minutes if I'd been drinking."
Charity and activism
In 1994, Walsh addressed the United Nations Global Conference on Development in New York. She has also served as a spokesperson for Oxfam, Canada's human rights campaign, and in 2010 received Oxfam's Spirit of Change Award, in recognition of her years of dedication to eradicating poverty and ensuring public services for all.
|1986||The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood||Heady Nolan|
|1992||Secret Nation||Oona Vokey|
|1999||New Waterford Girl||Cookie Pottie|
|2003||Mambo Italiano||Lina Paventi|
|2006||The Wind in the Willows||Washerwoman|
|2007||Young Triffie||Aunt Millie Bishop||Director|
|2013||The Grand Seduction||Vera|
|2014||How To Be Deadly||Dot Power|
|2016||The Inn Of Olde||Sadie||Short Film|
|2017||A Christmas Fury||Mamie Lou Fur|
|1978||The Root Seller||Various||6 Episodes|
|1993–2013||This Hour Has 22 Minutes||Various||34 Episodes|
|1999||Dooley Gardens||Marilyn Benoit||7 Episodes|
|2005–2006||Hatching, Matching and Dispatching||Mamie Lou Furey||9 Episodes|
|2010–2014||Republic of Doyle||Miranda Cahill||2 Episodes|
|2014–2016||Sensitive Skin||Sarah Thorn||2 Episodes|
|2020||Canada's Drag Race||Herself (Guest Host)||1 Episode|
|1978||The Root Seller||Writer||6 Episodes|
|1998–1999||The Rosie O'Donnell Show||Writer||193 Episodes|
|2003–2004||Mary Walsh: Open Book||Writer||13 Episodes|
|2005–2006||Hatching, Matching and Dispatching||Writer||6 Episodes|
|1993–2004||This Hour Has 22 Minutes||Head Writer/Writer||31 Episodes|
|2017||Crying for the Moon: A Novel||Writer|
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