Shirley Douglas, an actress known for her work in Dead Ringers and the controversial Lolita has died at the age of 86 after a prolonged illness.
The actresses son, Kiefer Sutherland (The Lost Boys), announced the news on Twitter yesterday, saying:
— Kiefer Sutherland (@RealKiefer) April 5, 2020
Douglas was born on April 2, 1934 in Weyburn, Canada and graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic arts in London in 1952 after which she worked in several stage productions before taking on roles on television in the early 1960s which led to her big screen debut in Lolita.
In 1966 she married Donald Sutherland. The couple had twins Kiefer and Rachel Sutherland before divorcing in 1971.
She would later go on to appear in David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers opposite Jeremy Irons and in the psychological thriller Shadow Dancing. She also took on roles in the revamped 1980s version of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and did voice work for the animated Flash Gordon animated series.
A long time activist and advocate for equality and civil rights, the actress never shied away from a fight on screen or off, and it was this indomitable spirit that ultimately came to define her life.
Douglas was a member of the Friends of the Black Panthers and worked in Canada on issues concerning health coverage. In 2002, she was awarded the Officer of the Order of Canada for her work to promote the performing arts in the Canada.
iHorror offers our condolences to the family of Shirley Douglas.