The actress Viola Léger is no longer
Acadian actress Viola Léger passed away on Saturday, January 28 at the age of 92. She was known to the general public in particular for having interpreted the character of La Sagouine by Antonine Maillet, for more than 50 years.
Since 2017, the actress had retired from public life, following of a stroke. It was her press secretary Carol Doucet who announced her death yesterday on Facebook.
In addition to her career on the boards, Viola Léger had served as a senator from 2001 to 2006, taking advantage of of this role to support minorities and defend Acadian culture. Her various accomplishments have been rewarded with several awards including the Order of Canada, the New Brunswick Excellence in the Arts Award and the Order of New Brunswick.
Violet Léger was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts on June 29, 1930.
“French had to be spoken in the house. We were surrounded by French Canadians, yes, but a lot of Acadians too,” she recalled.