Fonds F0205 - Mira Friedlander fonds

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Mira Friedlander fonds

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  • 1948-2000 (Creation)

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2.85 m of textual records
16 audio cassettes
4 video cassettes
ca. 400 photographs

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Mira Friedlander was a theatre critic and writer. She was born in Jaffna, Israel in 1944 and graduated from York University with a B.A. in Theatre History and Criticism in 1975. As a regular contributor, features writer or critic, she wrote for numerous publications including The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Financial Post, Seniors, Performing Arts in Canada, Canadian Theatre Review, Scene Changes and American Variety. She championed Canadian theatre drawing attention, notably, to the work 2 Pianos, 4 Hands. Friedlander was the winner of the Canadian Theatre Critics' Association's Nathan Cohen Award twice and served as the Association's president for 1998-1999, in addition to being a member of numerous theatre or arts organizations. She also reported for CBC Radio. Friedlander was filmed for the Barbra Ames' documentary, 'Wars: Dispatches From the Front' during Friedlander's treatment for breast cancer. She died on 10 May 2000 in Toronto, Canada.

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Fonds consists of material which documents Friedlander's career as a theatre critic and writer. It includes selected clippings, research material, interview transcripts, yearbooks, personal papers, press photographs, and other materials related to her life's work. The fonds is arranged in the following series:

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Donated by Mira Friedlander's husband, Wayne Fairhead, in 2000.


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The fonds comprises the following accession: 2000-026. Further accruals may be expected.

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2003/01/20 Sean Smith:. WordPerfect (Creation)
2003/01/20 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2003/01/21 Shannon MacDonald.
2003/01/22 Ken Hernden. Updated biographical sketch and provenance and subject access points.
2003/01/23 Ken Hernden. Updated immediate source of acquisition and scope and content.
2003/04/08 Shannon MacDonald. Added URL for online finding aid.
2014/07/22 Migrated to AtoM.
2020/03/26 KCP, N. Somerset. Added subject access points.

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