Jun 07, 2019
By Christine Ross
Toronto actress and playwright Nonnie Griffin has died less than two weeks before debuting a new one-woman show.
The 85-year-old passed away Fridayin hospital of an aortic aneurysm that ruptured earlier this week. Griffin was a seasoned stage performer known for roles on TV, radio, theatre and Zoomers of a certain age will remember her many classic TV commercial appearances.
Griffin began writing her own parts while in her 70s, starting with “Sister Annunciata’s Secret,” in which she played six different characters. She followed that with 2014’s “Marilyn After,” which imagined what Marilyn Monroe would have been like if she were alive 50 years after her death. Griffin had been preparing to return to the stage June 19 with the self-financed production “Before Scarlett,” in which she was to portray “Gone with the Wind” author Margaret Mitchell. Friends say Griffin lived her life with gusto, joy and was a radiant beauty. She’d been preparing to return to the stage in just over a week with “Before Scarlett,” in which she was to portray “Gone with the Wind” author Margaret Mitchell.