- Daughter of Tommy Douglas, the Canadian politician who served as premier of Saskatchewan from 1944 to 1961.
- Did voice-over work for spaghetti Westerns while living in Italy during the early 1960s.
- Active in the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War protest movements of the late 1960s and early '70s, when she lived in California.
- Arrested in 1969 for allegedly attempting to procure hand grenades for the Black Panthers; the charges were eventually dropped.
- Awarded the Order of Canada in 2003.
- Spokesperson for the Canadian Health Coalition, which advocates in favor of universal heath care.
- Kiefer Sutherland — Son
- Donald Sutherland — Ex-husband
- Thomas — Son
- Rachel Sutherland — Daughter
- Irma Douglas — Mother
- Tim — Ex-husband
- Tommy Douglas — Father
- Banff School of Fine Arts, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England (1952)
- Birth Name: Shirley Jean Douglas
- Birth Place: Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada
- Profession: Actor
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