October 20, 1933 - June 7, 2019
Griffin, Lorna Margaret (Nonnie), Canadian actress, playwright, author, passed away on Friday,
June 7, 2019, at the age of 85.
Nonnie was a daughter, sister, aunt, mentor and friend to many and Grande Dame of the
theatre community. Predeceased by her mother Catherine (Woywitka), father Gilbert, brother
John and sisters Mary and Catherine, Nonnie will be fondly remembered by her siblings Bill
(Anne), Sandy (Sussi), Tony (Jackie), Pat (Angela), Tita (Paul), and Huffy (Gillie) and her many
nieces and nephews (Michele, John, Joe, Jacquie, Catherine, Colleen, Kathy, Jennifer,
Brawnwin, Jennifer, Heather, Victor, Dominic and Amelia) and their families.
Nonnie was a force of nature who lived life on her own terms. She studied at the Toronto
Conservatory and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England, and was highly
regarded for her roles on stage, screen and radio across Canada and beyond, including CBC
radio, Stratford, Toronto, Edinburgh and Broadway. Her talent was showcased in decades of
productions such as Hello Dolly, Anne of Green Gables, Polka Dot Door, The Sea (Best Actress
1977-Toronto Star), Carebears, and Bizarre.
In her later years, she had a creative flowering, publishing her memoir Showbiz and Other
Addictions, at age 69, and writing one-woman plays, Sister Annunciata’s Secret, which she took
to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, at age 78, and Marilyn-After, which she performed at the
United Solo Festival in New York, at age 81, where it won Best International Show. At the time
of her death, she was preparing to perform in two other plays she wrote, The Piper’s Son and
Before Scarlett. Nonnie was also proud to receive her 40-year medallion from A.A.
A Celebration of Nonnie’s life will be held at Heliconian Hall (35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto) on
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.. Please join us as we sing, perform and
recite poetry, in Nonnie’s honour.
A Memorial service will also be held at Jubilee United Church (40 Underhill Drive, Toronto) on
June 27, 2019. (Visitation starting at 10:30 a.m., Service at 12:00, Refreshments in Sanctuary
and Garden to follow).
Memorial donations may be made to firstname.lastname@example.org,
stephenlewisfoundation.org or support.peta.org.