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Andrea Martin says, 'My book is dedicated to Canada'

12/01/2014 10:04 EST | Updated 01/31/2015 05:59 EST
Award-winning actress and comedian Andrea Martin spoke to Stephen Quinn for the CBC Radio program On The Coast Monday about her memoir 'Lady Parts.'

The book chronicles her move to Canada from the United States, as well as a career which spanned decades and included success on television, film and stage.

On becoming Canadian

"My book is dedicated to Canada: To Canada where it all began, my marriage, my children, my career and Justin Bieber."

About working on the Canadian classic television series SCTV

"Most of the characters came from the wig that was put on me."

"It was a full leopard-print jacket and hat that [fellow comedian] Catherine O'Hara's mom had bought in the 50s. (On the outfit for her character Edith Prickley.)

"I don't think we ever thought about success. It was a different time...we were really segregated from the rest of the world. All we cared about was, do we have enough material to write the show?"

On writing her memoir

"I wanted to be very respectful, but at the same time honest, and I didn't want it to become gossipy."

On learning to be a trapeze artist at age 67

"I got to work with a beautiful 24-year-old French acrobat every night who held me in his arms twelve feet above the stage. What's wrong with that"

Hear her interview with Stephen Quinn by clicking the audio link "Andrea Martin"

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