Frances Dafoe

Frances Dafoe
Personal information
Full name Frances Helen Dafoe
Country represented  Canada
Born (1929-12-17)December 17, 1929
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died September 23, 2016(2016-09-23) (aged 86)
Former partner Norris Bowden

Frances Helen Dafoe, CM OOnt (December 17, 1929 – September 23, 2016) was a Canadian pair skater. She was born in Toronto, Ontario. She competed with Norris Bowden. The couple captured four Canadian titles and two World Figure Skating Championships, and won the silver medal at the 1956 Winter Olympics.[1][2]

Following her skating career, Dafoe worked as an Olympic judge and costume designer. She worked for CBC for nearly 40 years designing costumes for various shows, and she also designed the performers' costumes for the closing ceremonies at the 1988 Winter Olympics.[3]

In 1991, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada.[4] Dafoe died on September 23, 2016 at the age of 86.[3]


Pairs with Norris Bowden
Event 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956
Winter Olympic Games 5th 2nd
World Championships 4th 2nd 1st 1st 2nd
North American Championships 1st 1st
Canadian Championships 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st
Ice dance with Norris Bowden
Event 1950 1951 1952
Canadian Championships 3rd 3rd 1st


  1. ^ "Frances Dafoe and Norris Bowden". July 6, 2009. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  2. ^ "Frances Dafoe, Bowden To Retire From Skating After This Season". The Montreal Gazette. January 23, 1956. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  3. ^ a b Olympic silver medallist and world champion pairs skater Dafoe dies at 86
  4. ^ "Frances Dafoe: Order of Canada". Governor-General of Canada. Retrieved 2010-05-22.