Charlene was born in 1960 on a large farm in the center of Saskatchewan, Canada, and studied Journalism at the British Columbia Institute of Technology; but in 1990 it was while doing regional theater in Portland, Oregon, that she caught the eye of a Manager from Los Angeles, and within months she was a guest on the Showtime series, “Kurt Vonnegut’s Monkey House,” which took a Cable Ace Award. Shortly thereafter, she became a series regular on “Street Justice,” shot in Vancouver, Canada, and continued with another series in Toronto, “The Mighty Jungle.”
Charlene was nominated for a Genie Award for Best Actress for the 1994 film, “Harmony Cats,” the Canadian equivalent of the Oscar. And soon after, she took home a Canadian Film Award, The Blizzard, for Best Supporting Actress for the film, “Paris or Somewhere,” in 1995. She played the 800-year-old, zany Aunt Zelda on the 1996 Disney movie, “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” then took a hiatus to focus on family and other personal and charity endeavors. In 2004, she returned to film in “Murder on the Yellow Brick Road” and “Seeking Fear,” for which she won Best Actress at the NY Independent Film and Video Festival.
Most recently she directed and co-produced 13 episodes of the children’s safety show “Keyeye.” Still in editing, the show has already received notice from UNICEF for making an outstanding contribution to the cause of protecting children.