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June Callwood: Choosing truth over false eyelashes

The Story

"People my age need to start something new in their fifties," June Callwood tells host Barbara McLeod. At age 53, Callwood finds herself excited about a new form of journalism. She's the host of a popular CBC Television program called In Touch, a show about "empathy." Callwood seems at ease with her age and her stage in life. Even under the glare of the harsh TV lights, Callwood refuses to wear makeup, get her hair coiffed or act coquettish in front of the camera. She says it's all part of her philosophy to be truthful. 

Medium: Television
Program: Time for You
Broadcast Date: Jan. 2, 1978
Guest(s): June Callwood
Host: Barbara McLeod
Duration: 3:16

Did You know?

• June Callwood hosted the CBC Television program In Touch from 1975 to 1978.
• Callwood's other CBC Television gigs include guest hosting for Close-Up and interviewing for Take 30. She also hosted individual episodes of Generation, a summer series from 1965, and Profile in 1979.

• From 1991 to 1996, Callwood interviewed prominent Canadians including Margaret Atwood, Phil Fontaine, William Hutt and Karen Kain for a program on Vision TV called National Treasures. She compiled some of these interviews into a book titled June Callwood's National Treasures (1994).
• She hosted a TV show called Caregiving with June Callwood on Prime TV in 1998.


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