To tweet this release: http://bmpr.ca/2eYxPQATORONTO, Nov. 14, 2016 /CNW/ - The producers and cast of CORNER GAS, CTV, Vancouver's Arts Club Theatre Company, and Stratford Festival extend its deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of distinguished actress and director Janet Wright. Wright passed away this morning in Vancouver at the age of 71. Janet played the beloved role of 'Emma' on CORNER GAS, Canada's most successful sitcom. In 1974, Wright co-founded the Persephone Theatre In Saskatoon with Brian Richmond and Susan Wright. The first dramaturge at the Vancouver's Arts Club Theatre Company, Wright appeared in and directed more than 40 productions for the company. During her seven seasons at Stratford she shone as a director and in many key roles as an actress. In 2011, Wright returned to Stratford after more than a decade away, giving an unforgettable performance as 'Ma' in the acclaimed production of The Grapes of Wrath and portrayed a hilarious 'Mistress Quickly' in the The Merry Wives of Windsor. In 2014, Wright reprised her role as 'Emma' in CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE, which reached more than 7 million TV viewers in Canada. "Janet was like no other person I've ever met. She had a giant wit, a giant heart, and was one of the strongest human beings to ever stride around this planet," said Brent Butt, Creator and Executive Producer, CORNER GAS. "She was so great to work with. When you looked at the call sheet in the morning, and saw you were doing scenes with Janet, you knew you'd be laughing that day, and probably at something terribly inappropriate. We had this running thing, where if there was a scene with just our characters, I'd write it at the kitchen table, with our characters eating macaroni and cheese. We were both trying to watch our weight, but she said if "our characters" were eating the stuff, it wasn't really us. I truly, honestly loved her. We all did."