Wendy Crewson is one of Canada’s leading women in the entertainment industry. Over the years, she has been active on both the small and the big screen, appearing alongside Hollywood’s top actors. She starred alongside Harrison Ford as the U.S. First Lady in 1997’s Air Force One and another of her early successes was the role of Tim Allen’s ex-wife in three The Santa Clause movies.
After that, she appeared in top American television shows like 24, Revenge, and Saving Hope. In recent years Wendy Crewson has become an advocate for gender equality on television. In early 2018, she began starring Fiona Currie in the female lead in the series The Detail. Let’s talk about her career over the years as well as her private life.
Wendy Crewson Bio
Wendy Jane Crewson was born on May 9, 1956, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She is the daughter of Robert Binnie Crewson and June Doreen (née Thomas). She has a brother named Brad Crewson, and together they decided to attend John Rennie High School in Pointe-Claire, Quebec.
Crewson fell in love with acting as a child and had her first acting experience in the 10th grade when she appeared in The Boy Friend. After graduating from high school, Crewson decided to attend Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Her cousin had graduated in 1924, at a time when women were not really going to university. Crewson said she was inspired by her cousin’s boldness and chose to go to school.
This actress made great strides in Queens. She appeared in several school productions and received the Lorne Greene Award for outstanding work in the theater. She graduated in 1977 and then moved to London where she attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
In the early 1980s, Wendy Crewson became a frequent face on Canadian television and starred in numerous television films. Her first breakthrough came in 1991 when she starred in the film The Doctor. Crewson quickly built her resume by appearing in a number of top Hollywood movies, while maintaining a reasonable level of visibility on the small screen.
Among her other well-known films are: To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996), Bicentennial Man (1999) alongside Robin Williams, and The 6th Day (2000) opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Wendy Crewson has won at least 6 twin awards out of 12 nominations. She has won 2 Canadian Screen Awards and the 2007 ACTRA Toronto Award of Excellence.
Family, Children, Husband, and Divorce
In recent years, Wendy Crewson has remained largely silent about who she has a romance with. In the past, however, she was married for over two decades to the American film, television, and stage actor Michael Murphy. They became a couple in 1988 and remained married for exactly 21 years before divorcing in 2009.
Their marriage was blessed with two children: a daughter born in 1989, Maggie Murphy, and a son born in 1992, Jack Murphy. Both children played with them in the 1998 film Sleeping Dogs Lie, and although the reason for their divorce was not made public in the media, it was clearly a friendly one, as the ex-pair remained friends and even continued to work together. They worked together on the Canadian film Fall 2014.
In December 2014, Wendy Crewson revealed to the media during an appearance on a talk show that she had revealed herself as gay to her family a few years earlier. After her revelation, many quickly speculated that this may have been one of the reasons for her divorce from Murphy. Crewson said the most horrible part of her coming out was the fear of rejection by her children. To their surprise, they both accepted her, although it was not necessarily easy.
Michael Murphy, who was born on May 5, 1938, is known for playing authoritative and morally ambiguous characters. He also frequently works with the legendary filmmaker Robert Altman. Among his most famous roles are Martin, the adulterous husband of Jill Clayburgh in An Unmarried Woman (1978), and the enigmatic lawyer Alan Kligman in Magnolia (1999). Perhaps his most famous role on the small screen is his title role in Tanner ’88.
Wendy’s Height and Body Stats
Wendy Crewson stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches, which is about 1.7 m. She weighs an estimated 60 kg. The stunning actress has a pair of green eyes and a chest measurement of 34-25-34 inches.