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Anne, the fiery and headstrong redhead, was the daughter of Walter and Bertha Shirley. After the death of her mother and her father’s subsequent departure, Anne led a troubled adolescence, bouncing from orphanage to orphanage and from one harsh family to another; until she was finally adopted by Mathew and Marilla Cuthbert when she was mistakenly left at the Avonlea train station on Prince Edward Island. Anne went on to flourish in school, where she met her future husband, Gilbert. She made Matthew and Marilla intensely proud of the girl they adopted, instead of a boy to help them run their farm. Anne went on to become a teacher herself and a celebrated writer. In some ways, Anne’s character as interpreted by Kevin Sullivan, has actually become the embodiment of author L.M. Montgomery herself.
Played by Colleen Dewhurst
A cold demeanour that covers up a heart of gold, Marilla became the mother she yearned to be after adopting Anne Shirley. Though initially reluctant to keep Anne, as she and her brother had planned to adopt a boy to help them with chores on their farm, Marilla grew to care for Anne and years later admitted that she was like her own ‘flesh and blood’. Marilla is also the sister of Matthew Cuthbert and best friend of Rachel Lynde.
Played by Richard Farnsworth
Matthew Cuthbert was Marilla’s brother and became Anne’s adoptive father. Good-natured and shy, Mathew was the one who convinced Marilla to keep Anne. His soft-spoken nature hides his intense love for the child, as he longs to share in the extremes of her over-active imagination helping to make Anne’s wishes come true; demonstrated when he buys her a ball gown with the puffiest of puff-sleeves.
Played by Jonathan Crombie
Gilbert made his iconic entrance to the world of Green Gables by teasing Anne with the nickname ‘Carrots’ teasing her about her orange-coloured hair. Anne and Gilbert have a tension-filled relationship through their school years but eventually Anne gives into her feelings for Gilbert and marries him. Gilbert also goes on to become a doctor and fights on the battlefields of France during the first Great War.
Mrs. Rachel Lynde
Played by Patricia Hamilton
Mrs. Rachel Lynde was a citizen of Avonlea, and Marilla Cuthbert’s best friend. Opinionated and headstrong, Rachel was always the source of gossip and often butted heads with Anne. Until the day she finally acknowledged what a resounding success Anne was when she graduated with flying colors. Rachel went on to become Anne’s staunchest ally in the Avonlea community.
Miss Muriel Stacey
Played by Wendy Hiller
Mrs. Harris was the mother of Morgan Harris and the grandmother of Emmeline Harris. A crusty aristocrat who lives in seclusion and has lost touch with reality, Mrs. Harris ultimately melts in the palm of Anne’s hand when she begins to improve many of the difficulties in her family life.
Played by Frank Converse
Morgan Harris was the son of Mrs. Harris and widowed father of Emmeline Harris. Morgan took a fondness to Anne and her feisty personality after their many encounters. Anne is swayed by Morgan’s debonair character and the many opportunities a life with him would hold. Anne ultimately rebuffs his romantic advances.
Played by Greg Spottiswood
Fred Wright was the husband of Diana Barry. After losing his job due to financial woes as a result of the war and the closure of his bank, Fred enlisted in the war much to the dismay of Diana. After being injured in the war, Fred returned home to Diana to continue raising their children.
Jack Garrison Jr.
Played by Cameron Daddo
Jack Garrison Jr. was a celebrated and suave American writer of pot-boiler novels. Jack and Anne Shirley met while working at Winfield Publishing in New York. Jack and Anne later reunite on the battlefields of World War I, where Jack worked as a war correspondent, travelling with a young French woman named Colette and their son Dominic. Anne later adopts Dominic when Jack is killed.
Played by Rachel Blanchard
Louisa Thomas was the best friend of Anne Shirley’s mother, Bertha. Louisa put Anne under her care along with her three own children, after Anne escaped from the Bolingbroke County Poorhouse. Louisa took them all to live with her mother in law, and matriarch of the Thomas family, Amelia Thomas with whom she had a strained relationship. Anne’s time in the Thomas family is not without humour and adventure, but her life with Mrs. Thomas ends in heartfelt tragedy.