A prominent figure in the defining post-World War II years of the American theatre, Colleen Dewhurst paid her dues in so many low-pay and no-pay New York productions that friends and colleagues began calling her "the Queen of off-Broadway. " On the Great White Way by 1952, the 28-year-old Quebec-born actress was too old and tall to play ingénues but was given the chance to portray spirited Kate in "The Taming of the Shrew" in a 1956 stage production that established Dewhurst as an actress in-demand. Following her film debut in Fred Zinnemann's "The Nun's Story" (1959), she made infrequent movie appearances, preferring to stay close to the New York theatre and second husband George C. Scott. The celebrated couple were married and divorced twice between 1960 and 1972, during which time they were paired onstage and in episodic television and feature films. A more frequent film presence as she approached retirement age, Dewhurst brought a sobering intensity to diverse film roles in Woody Allen's "Annie Hall" (1977), Donald Wrye's "Ice Castles" (1978) and David Cronenberg's "The Dead Zone" (1983). She was a late-life hit with young viewers in the "Anne of Green Gables" (CBC, 1985) telefilm and its 1988 sequel "Anne of Avonlea." Never forsaking her roots on the stage, Dewhurst served as the president of Actor's Equity from 1985 until 1991, the year that cancer robbed the American stage and international cinema of a distinct and formidable talent.