A cold demeanour that covers up a heart of gold, Marilla became the mother she yearned to be after adopting Anne Shirley. Though initially reluctant to keep Anne, as she and her brother had planned to adopt a boy to help them with chores on their farm, Marilla grew to care for Anne and years later admitted that she was like her own ‘flesh and blood’. Marilla is also the sister of Matthew Cuthbert and best friend of Rachel Lynde.
“You set your heart too much on frivolous things and then come crashing down into despair when you don’t get them.”Marilla Cuthbert
COLLEEN DEWHURST SCORED ONE SUCCESS AFTER ANOTHER in a career which ranged from Broadway to motion pictures and television. Dewhurst starred on Broadway in All the Way Home where she won her first Tony, The Queen and the Rebels, An Almost Perfect Person and A Moon for the Misbegotten, for which she won her second Tony Award. Dewhurst’s films include Dead Zone, Tribute (with Jack Lemmon), Annie Hall and McQ (with John Wayne). Dewhurst won three Emmy Awards and received two Emmy nominations for her reprisal of the role of Marilla Cuthbert on Road to Avonlea. Colleen Dewhurst passed away on August 22, 1991. She was 67 years old.