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Lorraine Thomson
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Thomson as host of V.I.P., 1973
Lorraine Thomson

12 July 1931
DiedAugust 13, 2020(2020-08-13) (aged 89)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupationdancer, television personality, television producer
Known forInterviewer on CBC Television, co-founder of ACTRA Awards

Lorraine Thomson (12 July 1931 – 13 August 2020) was a Canadian dancer, television host, television producer and one of the co-founders, with Pierre Berton, of the ACTRA Awards.

She was the first dancer hired by the CBC for their first televised variety show, The Big Revue.

She turned to radio hosting the 1960s, and then television hosting in the 1970s for CBC's The Naked Mind, The Weaker(?) Sex and V.I.P.

She was the one of the first women to produce variety shows on CBC.[1]

For 18 years, she was the program coordinator for Front Page Challenge. She was nominated for several national awards for her work both in front of and behind the camera.


  1. Latner, Anita (1975-05-23). The quiet TV personality who would rather have people watch her V.I.P. show than read about her. Toronto: Torstar.