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Margaret Trudeau captured the imagination of the country with her marriage to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in 1971. The two met on vacation when he was 48 and she was just 18. Four years later, they were married, making Margaret Canada's youngest-ever first lady. When asked about her marriage to Trudeau, she famously replied, "I want to be more than a rose in my husband's lapel".
And she has. Margaret brought glamour and controversy to 24 Sussex Dr. She befriended Fidel Castro, hung out with the Rolling Stones and partied at Studio 54 in New York.
Along the way, the Trudeaus had three children, but over time their marriage fell apart. Margaret suffered from stress and bi-polar depression and in 1977, she and Pierre separated (they officially divorced in 1984). Eventually, Margaret re-married, had two more children, and left the public eye.
Then in 1998, tragedy struck the family. Her son, 23-year-old Michel Trudeau, was killed in an avalanche. The loss was devastating and Margaret spiralled into depression before seeking medical treatment. She's recounted her journey of recovery in her new memoir Changing My Mind.
Margaret will be speaking at Chan Shun Concert Hall October 17, 2010: http://www.chancentre.com/whats-on/margaret-trudeau