Memorable Manitobans: Ann Maud Donnelly Henry (1914-2000)
Journalist, author, playwright.
Born at Winnipeg on 7 August 1914, daughter of Alexander Henry and Annie Donnelly (c1886-?), for many years she was a spirited and outspoken journalist and columnist with the Winnipeg Tribune, the first woman reporter to cover the Winnipeg Police Court and Manitoba Legislature. She was a founding board member of the Manitoba Centennial Corporation (1963).
Sometime before 1965, she married widower Max Smith (1916-1975). As a playwright, her Lulu Street was the first play written by a Manitoban to be performed at the Manitoba Theatre Centre (1967). She wrote several books, including a memoir Laugh Baby Laugh (1970) and a novel Its All Free - On The Outside (1975). In recognition of her community service, she received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977).
She died on 2 May 2000, survived by three children: Loa Henry, Donnelly Rhodes, and Timothy Donald “Tim” Henry.
Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1916 Canada census, Ancestry.
“These Manitobans will help plan centennial,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 September 1963, page 9.
Obituary [Alexander Henry], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 March 1966, page 26.
“Ann Henry and Lulu Street,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 October 1966.
“Group takes gamble on Winnipeg play,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 March 1967, page 21.
Obituary [Max Smith], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 December 1975, page 44.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 May 2000.
We thank Christian Cassidy and Kathleen Henry for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 1 February 2020