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Memorable Manitobans: Ann Maud Donnelly Henry (1914-2000)

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Ann Maud Donnelly Henry
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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.

Sources:

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.

“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

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