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Lise Payette Bio, Biography, Death and Cause, Husband (Andre Payette ), Children, Awards, Family

Lise Payette, a Quebec journalist, broadcaster, author and former Parti Québécois cabinet minister dies on Wednesday 6 September 2018 at the age of 87

Lise Payette Bio

Lise Payette was born on 29 August 1931 in Verdun, Quebec, Montreal, Canada and died on 5 September 2018. She was a Canadian journalist, writer, businesswoman, columnist, and politician. She was a Parti Québécois (PQ) minister under the leadership of Premier René Lévesque and National Assembly of Quebec member for the riding of Dorion. Initially a journalist, Payette became a television host in the 1960s. She left politics in 1981 and returned to a successful career in television production and writing.

Personal details

Born 29 August 1931 in Verdun, Quebec, Montreal, Canada
Died September 5, 2018 (aged 87) Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Husband Andre Payette (m. 1951–1972)
Children Sylvie PayetteDominique Payette
Nationality Canadian
Political party Parti Québécois
Occupation feminist, writer, television host, journalist
Profession Politician, journalist
MNA for Dorion
In office 1976–1981
Preceded by Alfred Bossé
Succeeded by Hugette Lachapelle

Lise Payette Biography

Payette was born in Verdun, Quebec. Her parents were Fernand Ouimet, a bus driver, and Cécile Chartier. She went to school in Montreal, Quebec. Payette started a career in journalism at a radio station in Trois-Rivières in 1954. She held various jobs, including the editor of the weekly Frontier Rouyn-Noranda, host of the show La Femme dans le monde (The Woman in the world) at CKRN and secretary and public relations officer for the United Steelworkers of America. While living in Paris, she wrote for Petit Journal at the Patrie, in New Journal and Châtelaine magazine. Payette returned to Montreal where she worked on the television program Interdit aux Hommes (“prohibited to men”) for Radio-Canada. From 1965 to 1972, Payette worked on a series of animated television programs for the French and English networks of the CBC. From 1972 to 1975, Payette was the host of the TV series “Appelez moi Lise” (Call Me Lise) and “Lise Lib.” Payette was appointed President of the Quebec National Holidays Committee in 1975.

Lise Payette Life after Politics

In 1981, Payette left political life and did not stand for re-election. She went on to become a writer for television with a series of successful soap operas. She founded the television production company Focus, with whom she first conceived the documentary series “Les quatre chevaliers de ‘apocalypse” and “Femmes” and other fiction series, as a producer or author.

Lise Payette Columnist Career

Payette began writing columns for the Journal de Montreal in 2004. In 2007, she switched to Le Devoir. Payette continued to write for the paper until 6 May 2016, when she signed off with the phrase “Le Devoir ends the chronicle of Lise Payette,” without further explanation, although she has since claimed that editor Brian Myles let her go without explanation from one day to the next.

Lise Payette Wrote a song for Celine Dion

In 2007, Payette wrote a song for Celine Dion entitled “Je cherche l’ombre” which is included on Dion’s D’Elles album.

Lise Payette Awards

  • In 1994, Payette was recognized as “Woman of the Year” by Canadian Women in Communications.
  • The International Centre awarded Payette the Florence Bird Award for Human Rights and Development in 1997.
  • She was awarded the Grand Prize of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, September 27, 1998. In 2000,
  • Payette was awarded the gold medal of the Mouvement national des Québécois, September 30, 2000.
  • In 2001, she was made an Officer of the National Order of Quebec.
  • In 2003, she received a lifetime achievement award from the Quebec Business Women’s Network.
  • In June 2009, she received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Quebec in Montreal. Payette was awarded the Pierre-Vadeboncœur Prize
  • In 2012 and the Guy-Price Mauffette Prize in 2014.

Lise Payette Family

Payette had three children with André Payette before the couple divorced. Her longtime companion, Laurent Bourguignon, died in 2002. She is survived by her children Sylvie Payette and Dominique Payette, two grandchildren including Flavie Payette-Renouf and one great-grandson.

Lise Payette Death and Cause

Lise Payette died on Wednesday 6 September 2018 at the age of 87 in his home. Cause of death was natural.


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