The golden career of Janine Sutto


An outstanding actress, Janine Sutto is among the best known and most respected theatrical talents in Canada. Born in Paris, she arrived in Montréal at the age of nine. The lady whom many affectionately call Notre Dame du Théâtre has played the great classical roles and graced many smaller-scale productions as well.

She was Lisette de Courval in Les Belles-soeurs (Michel Tremblay) when it was first staged in 1968. She came back to the play in 2010, in its adaptation as a musical, to play the role of Olivine Dubuc. She has toured Québec and France with this same production.

Janine Sutto is also a pioneer in television and cinema. She has performed in classic films like Le père Chopin, Les belles histoires des pays d’en haut and Deux femmes en or, and was part of the hit TV series Symphorien. Her long and wonderful career is virtually a history lesson in the arts and culture of modern Québec.

In April, Janine Sutto joined a prestigious group by receiving the title of Citoyenne d’honneur from the Ville de Montréal. She is the first woman to hold this distinction. We should recall that Janine Sutto was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1986 and a Knight of the National Order of Québec in 1998. She received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award in 2014, the summit of artistic achievement in Canadian theatre.