Jackie Burroughs, the stage and screen actress best known for her role as schoolteacher Hetty King on TV's Road to Avonlea, has died at the age of 71.
The British-born Canadian actor died at home in Toronto Wednesday afternoon, CBC News has confirmed. She had been suffering from stomach cancer.
As the stiff but kindly Hetty King, Burroughs brought both dignity and comedy to Road to Avonlea. The CBC family series, adapted from Lucy Maud Montgomery's books, ran from 1990 to 1996 in Canada and the U.S.
She worked with Canadian actress Sarah Polley, then just a teen, on the program. Polley played Hetty's niece Sara Stanley, who moved in with her aunt after the death of her mother.
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RIP, there's got to be other ONTDers that are fans of Road to Avonlea and Anne of Green Gables?