Shirley Douglas, multimillionaire Donald Sutherland’s second wife, was an achiever with over five decades of acting career

Shirley Douglas won Gemini award for the 1999 television film Shadow Lake.


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Candian actress Shirley Douglas, who passed away four years back on April 5, 2020, achieved so much on her own as an actor. Her acting career lasted for over five decades.

Shirley began as a theatre artist in 1950, playing a character at the Dominion Drama Festival. Her debut project earned her the Best Actress award, and after that, she never looked back.

Over time, she slowly broadened her professional horizons, performing as a stage artist across the United States and the United Kingdom. In 1978, she shifted to television, portraying the character of influential Canadian author and social activist Nellie Letitia McClung in the TV movie Nellie McClung.

Likewise, Shirley played many other memorable characters like Hagar Shipley in The Stone Angel, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in The Path to 9/11, May Bailey in Wind at My Back, and Mrs. Starch in Lolita.

Well, portraying such a strong character helped her gain ground as an actor, eventually prolonging her career for about 58 years. She also correspondingly remained active as an activist.

While her estimated net worth is still a mystery, Shirley Douglas led a comfortable lifestyle out of her prolific career

Shirley Douglas lived a luxurious lifestyle since early childhood as she was born into an affluent family. Her father, Tommy, aka Thomas Clement Douglas, was an influential Canadian politician and Baptist minister.

Later, when she made movies early on, she started making money on her own. When she debuted, it is believed that actors were paid around $3000 to $4000.

With each year passing, the actors’ wages also increased, and so did Shirley’s, which made her life comfortable regarding financial matters.

In addition to her earnings, Shirley Douglas must have received some amount in alimony after divorcing her famous husband, Donald Sutherland, in 1970.

If this is true, it obviously contributed to her net worth. Further, she must have also inherited a good amount from her father.

Additional Information

  • Besides acting, Shirley Douglas was an activist who ‘campaigned against the Vietnam War, established a fundraising group called Friends of the Black Panthers, and co-founded the first chapter in Canada of the Performing Artists for Nuclear Disarmament.’
  • Shirley Douglas was married to the Canadian actor Donald Sutherland for four years, from 1966 to 1970.
  • Her ex-husband, Donald recently, passed away on June 20, 2024, in Miami at the age of 88. At the time of his passing, he had a net worth of $60 million.
  • With Donald, Shirley Douglas had three children, including Primetime Emmy award-winning actor Kiefer Sutherland, who owned a fortune of $100 million as of 2024.
Anuja Uprety
Anuja Uprety
Anuja Uprety is a content writer with almost two years of experience in the field. She is a passionate researcher and likes to use the skill to explore Hollywood trend. From hopping to the gossip train, to writing about the biggest scandals and exposes of Hollywood, Anuja can do it all. In her free time, she is immersed in books about dystopian realities and fairytales. Now, that explains the writing talent she got!


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