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Date of Passing: Mar 06, 2004

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HELENE WINSTON Helene Winston died peacefully at the Motion Picture Home, Woodland Hills, CA, on March 6, 2004, after a long illness. Helene, the youngest daughter of the late Bertha and Montefiore Winston, was born and raised in Winnipeg, She was predeceased by her husbands, Nate Bershadsky and John Steiner; sister Evelyn Bursten; and brother Sid Winston. She is survived by her sister Marion (Billie) Edelman (Linden, NJ) her brother and sister-in-law, Arthur and Mamie Winston (Toronto) a niece, nephews and stepchildren. Helene was an actress and poet. Her acting career took her from the garages of Elmwood to Toronto, Stratford, New York, Los Angeles, most other major North American theatrical centres, and the Edinburgh Festival. Her career encompassed radio, stage, television, and film. Helene appeared at the Stratford Festival in its early years, and was a prominent and frequent face on CBC television in its early days during the 1950s. After an active career in Canada, Helene made her Broadway debut in "Milk and Honey". After touring with this production, Helene moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s. She appeared in many Hollywood films, including the cult classic "A Boy and His Dog". She also acted in countless television series. In 1974 Helene returned to Toronto to star as Gladys King in CBCs hit comedy, "King of Kensington". Helene was also a prize-winning poet, and did readings of her poetry in Los Angeles, Winnipeg and Toronto. She was a beloved wife, sister, aunt and friend, an avid and enthusiastic bridge and poker player, and a real trouper. A celebration of Helenes life will take place in Toronto at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Winnipeg Humane Society or to a charity of your choice. "Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air..."

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 20, 2004

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  • Fabulous actress and entertainer. Sadly missed. Rest in peace. D. - Posted by: Dorothy (Admirer) on: Aug 24, 2016

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