Martha Henry Passes Away at 83

American-Canadian actress Martha Henry has passed away at 83, just week after appearing at the Statford Festival.

Ms. Henry was born Martha Buhs on February 17th, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan to Kathleen and Lloyd Howard Buhs.

Martha Henry (courtesy of cbc.ca)

Ms. Henry graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology before moving to Canada in 1959.

She was best known for her long tenures at the Stratford Festival in Ontario (1962-1980 and 1994-2021) where she took on a large number of roles including Miranda in The Tempest (in 1962, opposite William Hutt during his first Prospero), Lady Macduff in Macbeth, Cordelia in King Lear, Viola in Twelfth Night, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Desdemona in Othello, Isabella in Measure for Measure, Olga in Three Sisters, Lady Anne in Richard III, Paulina in The Winter’s Tale, and Mary Tyrone in Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

Ms. Henry also worked in London’s West End, on Broadway, at the Manitoba Theatre Centre, at the Shaw Festival and at Lincoln Centre.

From 1988 to 2015, she was the Artistic Director of the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario.

In 2018, to mark her 40th season with the Stratford Festival, she appeared as Prospero in The Tempest.

Ms. Henry was married three times: first to Donnelly Rhodes (she took his legal surname), then to Douglas Rain (with whom she had one daughter, Emma), and then to Rod Beattie. All three marriages ended in divorce.

She passed away on October 21st, 2021 at 83, just weeks after completing a run as “A” in Three Tall Women at the Stratford Festival.

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