Margaret Trudeau, mom and wife of Canada PM
Entertainment Live: The mother and ex-wife of Canadian prime ministers, Margaret Trudeau is taking on a new role headlining a one-woman show examining her colorful life and battles with mental illness. The 70-year-old is performing “Certain Woman of an Age” at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, through Saturday.
Diagnosed with bipolar disorder and hospitalized several times, Trudeau tells the crowd how there were “whispers that Margaret was crazy.” “You don’t have to whisper,” she quips cheerfully, according to a review in the Montreal Gazette. Trudeau’s son Justin, Canada’s current prime minister who will be seeking a second term in October, saw the show in Chicago in May.
Meanwhile, the bohemian politician’s wife became tabloid fodder in Canada and the United States for high-profile hijinks she now blames on her mental illness.
She was a regular at New York’s legendary Studio 54 nightclub, and had friendly or even intimate relationships with big name celebrities: Mick Jagger (“an arrogant ass”), Leonard Cohen, Ted Kennedy, Jack Nicholson as well as hobnobbing with newsmakers such as Queen Elizabeth II, the Dalai Lama and Fidel Castro.
Dhaka 27 July (campuslive24.com)//MIH