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'I can always find the humour': Margaret Trudeau shares her struggle with mental illness in new one-woman show

In Margaret Trudeau's new one-woman comedy show, Certain Woman of an Age, the Canadian icon uses humour to tell her story like never before.
Margaret Trudeau joined q's Tom Power from a CBC studio in Montreal. (Susan McKenzie/CBC)
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In the 1970s, Margaret Trudeau was under the microscope. You might already know the story: she had married Canada's bachelor Prime Minister, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, and she spent her time partying with the Rolling Stones and dancing the night away at Studio 54 in New York.

Trudeau occupied a unique space at the centre of politics, pop culture and tabloid gossip, which was something new for Canada, but the media portrayed her as reckless and impulsive.

What the public didn't know — and what she didn't even know herself — was that she had bipolar disorder. In 2010, she wrote a best-selling memoir about her diagnosis and she's become a well-known advocate for mental health.

Trudeau is now performing her story at a comedy festival. Her new one-woman show is called Certain Woman of an Age and it comes to Just For Laughs in Montreal next month. She joined q's Tom Power to tell us more about it.

Click 'listen' near the top of this page to hear the full conversation with Margaret Trudeau.

— Produced by ​Diane Eros

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