Adrienne Clarkson Biography
Adrienne Clarkson born Adrienne Louise Clarkson is a Hong Kong-born Canadian journalist and stateswoman. She is a Chinese Canadian whose ancestry lies with the Hakka and Taishanese people in Guangdong, China. She was born in February 10, 1939. she arrived in Canada with her family in 1941, as a refugee from Japanese-occupied Hong Kong, and was raised in Ottawa.
In 1956, Clarkson graduated from Lisgar Collegiate Institute, afterwards enrolling at the University of Toronto’s Trinity College. During her time there, she won a Governor General’s Medal in English before graduating in 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours in the subject, and then travelling with her parents to East and Southeast Asia. She went on to obtain her master’s degree in English literature, also at the University of Toronto.
Adrienne Clarkson Career
In 1962, She began post-graduate work at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, with a thesis on the poems of George Meredith.After being introduced by a college friend in 1965 to the producers of Take 30, she was hired by the Crown corporation as a freelance book reviewer, and later promoted to co-host, thus becoming one of the first members of a visible minority to obtain a prominent position on Canadian television. Similarly, she wrote and published her own romantic fiction novels from 1968. In 1974, she began her own public affairs television show Adrienne at Large, though this was not successful.
In 1983, she ended her job with The Fifth Estate and was subsequently appointed by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, acting in this role as a cultural liaison between the province and the country, as well as promoting Ontario in several other European states. After five years at the post, she returned to private business, becoming president and publisher of McClelland and Stewart, at a time when the publisher was in financial difficulty. She was unsuccessful at improving the company’s fiscal problems and highly unpopular with employees, and resigned herself after 18 months that saw several protest resignations.
She opted to return to television, hosting through mid-1988 Adrienne Clarkson Summer Festival, which became popular enough to be picked up and repackaged as Adrienne Clarkson Presents, an arts show that was critically acclaimed, but which never received high ratings. After four years of hosting the show, Clarkson was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada for her long media career, which included hosting more than 3,500 television programmes, as well as assisting charitable organisations.
Adrienne Clarkson Award nominations
- 1992: Gemini Award: Best Host in a Light Information, Variety or Performing Arts Program
- 1993: Gemini Award: Best Performing Arts Program for Adrienne Clarkson Presents – shared with Gordon Stewart
- 1994: Gemini Award: Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program for
- 1994: Gemini Award: Best Host in a Lifestyle Information, Variety or Performing Arts Program
- 1995: Gemini Award: Best Performing Arts Program for Adrienne Clarkson Presents
- 1998: Gemini Award: Best Performing Arts Program or Series
- 1998: Gemini Award: Best Performing Arts Program or Series,
Adrienne Clarkson Marriage
She married Stephen Clarkson, a University of Toronto political science professor. Adrienne and Stephen divorced four years after the death of there child, Stephen was awarded full custody of the two surviving children, and subsequently, Stephen’s second wife, Christina McCall, adopted the two girls, who eventually became estranged from their mother for several decades.
Adrienne Clarkson Children
The couple had three daughters. Kyra, born in 1969, and twins Blaise and Chloe, born in 1971, at the age of nine months, however, Chloe died of sudden infant death syndrome.
Adrienne Clarkson Public School
Phone: (905) 709-3554, (647) 795-7581
Email: Fax:[email protected]
Bell Times: 8:05 AM – 2:35 PM
Address: 68 Queens College Dr, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1X3, Canada
Adrienne Clarkson Twitter
Adrienne Clarkson Books
- 2014; Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship
- 2013; All I Want to Say to You
- 2011; Room for All of Us
- 2011; Extraordinary Canadians – Norman Bethune
- 2009; Norman Bethune
- 2009; Penguin Celebrations – Heart Matters
- 2006; Heart Matters
- 2006; Heart Matters Slip Cased and Signed Edition
- 1971; True to You in My Fashion: A Woman Talks to Men about Marriage
Adrienne Clarkson Prize For Global Citizenship
The Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship is to be awarded annually to a leader whose life has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to the ideals of belonging and inclusion.
The symbolic importance of this prize has never been greater. It must involve upholding human rights, while both engendering inclusion and respect for each other, and celebrating the cultural differences that make us unique. This challenge of weaving together human rights and cultural differences will permit us to leave behind the old racial and religious divisions. It is the basis for true citizenship.
Adrienne Clarkson Presents
Adrienne Clarkson Presents is a Canadian cultural entertainment series broadcast on CBC Television beginning in 1988. The series ended in 1999, the year host Adrienne Clarkson was appointed Governor General of Canada.
First episode date: 1988
Adrienne Clarkson Belonging
Never has the world experienced greater movement of peoples from one country to another, from one continent to another. These seismic shifts in population have brought huge challenges for all societies, particularly in the developed world. Do changes in population present the possibility of a new model for the structures of society? Does the Canadian model, which emphasizes values, parliamentary democracy, and the rule of law, make a fitting model for countries who still rejoice in ethnic purity? Can belonging encompass difference and distrust, while maintaining standards of human rights