Somewhere in the world, my elementary school friend Armando is doing the open-mouthed silent cry while slowly falling against the nearest wall. Armando used to make me watch Anne of Green Gables over and over again. Then we would practice making out by putting a pillow between our faces and moving our heads around. Yeah, life was weird before booze, puberty and drugs.
Well, I can pretty much feel Armando’s pain over this news. Jackie Burroughs, the actress who played Mrs. Amelia Evans in Anne of Green Gables and later went on to play Aunt Hetty in the TV series Road to Avonlea, passed away yesterday afternoon at the age of 71.
The Globe & Mail says that Jackie died of stomach cancer at her home in Toronto. Jackie is survived by her daughter, two grandchildren and brother.
Rest in Peace, Jackie…. I will pay tribute to Anne of Green Gables by making out with a bed pillow (although, I was planning on doing that anyways).