Award-winning stage and screen actress Janet Wright, best known for her portrayal of the long-suffering matriarch on "Corner Gas," has died, according to CTV, which aired the long-running sitcom. Wright played Emma Leroy on the hit Canadian series, which ended its six-season run in 2009 and returned with a big-screen adaptation in 2014. Wright's character Emma was the wife of Oscar Leroy, played by Eric Peterson, and mother to Brent, portrayed by series creator and star Brent Butt.
Born in England on March 8, 1945, Wright and her family relocated to Canada and eventually settled in Saskatoon at a young age. Wright was the co-founder of Saskatoon's Persephone Theatre, and performed at virtually every major theatre company in Canada.