CELEBRITY TRAVEL COR­NER

Mary Walsh shares her ex­pe­ri­ences and dreams.

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MARY WALSH has been a fix­ture on Cana­dian tele­vi­sion for decades as a writer, pro­ducer and ac­tor. Most Cana­di­ans fondly re­mem­ber her as the en­ter­tain­ing re­porter Marg De­lahunty in CBC’S This Hour Has 22 Min­utes. No Cana­dian politi­cian was safe from Marg’s prob­ing ques­tions.

New­found­land has pro­duced many of Canada’s best comedic tal­ent, in­clud­ing Mary Walsh. It’s part of be­ing a New­found­lan­der. “Ev­ery­one in New­found­land is kind of funny. If you aren’t, you might as well hang your­self, be­cause they’re not go­ing to feed you,” jokes Walsh.

Monty Python was the first to tickle her funny bone. “I think Monty Python, specif­i­cally the ‘Dead Par­rot’ sketch, was the first time I laughed out loud.” The SCTV cast, Richard Pryor and Andy Jones were all part of Walsh’s comedic ad­mi­ra­tion club. To­day she is a big fan of Ricky Ger­vais.

Walsh is a tour de force. Whether she’s tak­ing on a lead or mi­nor role, Walsh doesn’t shy away from reach­ing into her act­ing ar­se­nal and play­ing tough fe­male roles. She cur­rently plays Sean Tucker, an an­drog­y­nous slum­lord who op­er­ates a box­ing gym in the CBC se­ries Lit­tle Dog.

She has earned nu­mer­ous Gem­ini awards over the years with an ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of TV and film cred­its, in­clud­ing Sen­si­tive Skin, Rookie Blue and Repub­lic of Doyle.

Pas­sion for act­ing ex­tends to her tire­less ad­vo­cacy for many char­i­ties and causes, es­pe­cially in the ar­eas of men­tal health and ad­dic­tion aware­ness. Her so­cial ac­tivism com­bined with a suc­cess­ful ca­reer has been rec­og­nized with the Or­der of Canada and the Governor Gen­eral’s Life­time Achieve­ment Award in the Per­form­ing Arts.

Walsh’s love for Canada is un­wa­ver­ing but she isn’t afraid to give it a Marg De­lahunty dress­ing down now and then.

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