Claire Drainie Taylor

Claire Drainie Taylor Biography

Claire Drainie Taylor, ne Wodlinger (September 11, 1917 - November 18, 2009) was a Canadian actor and writer, who wrote and acted in radio and television productions for CBC Radio from the 1930s through the 1960s.

Born and raised in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, she was briefly married to Jack Murray as a teenager, moving with him to Vancouver Island before divorcing him at age 21. She subsequently met and married fellow actor John Drainie, with whom she had six children including journalist Bronwyn Drainie.

For the CBC, she acted in a number of radio and television productions, including Jake and the Kid, John and Judy and Barney Boomer; she also wrote radio plays, including Santa Had a Black, Black Beard and Flow Gently Sweet Limbo.

After John Drainie's death in 1966, she remarried in 1968 to theatre producer Nathan A. Taylor, who died in 2004.

She published an autobiography, The Surprise of My Life, in 1998. Also that year, she created the Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize, a literary award presented by the Writers' Trust of Canada to the year's best biographical work by a Canadian writer.

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