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Rachel was born in the middle of the 1820s probably in Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. She was raised there and attended school at the age of six. Rachel had a schoolmate who was redheaded and after some time her hair colour turned to auburn.
Marriage with Thomas Lynde
- "Anne is eighteen; I was married when I was that age."
- —Rachel Lynde[src]
In the middle of the 1840s, when she was 18 years old, she married Thomas Lynde. They had twelve children together, two of which died at a young age. In 1858, they moved to a new house which they named Lynde's Hollow.
Two weeks after Anne Shirley's arrival Rachel came to Green Gables to see her. She said that Anne was ugly. Anne got angry and said that she hated Rachel. Rachel was horrified and left Green Gables. On the next evening Anne apologized to her. She later forgave Anne.
Thomas' death and move to Green Gables
Rachel's husband died of unknown causes in June 1883. Mourning the loss of her husband and unable to keep up her house any more, she moved in with Marilla at Green Gables and helped her with Dora and Davy Keith.
Rachel was outspoken, opinionated, gossipy and matter-of-fact. She was a capable woman who made it her business to know about other people. Anne and Rachel got off on the wrong foot, but they eventually made peace with each other.
Rachel is a female given name of Hebrew origin and means ewe or female sheep.
Behind the scenes
- Kate Hennig portrayed Mrs. Lynde in the 2016 film L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables.
- Aira Ronario played the part in the Filipino short film Anne of Green Gables (2015).
- Regina Lemnitz provided the voice of Rachel in the German audio dramas Anne of Green Gables (2008), Anne of Avonlea (2008), Anne of the Island (2009), Anne of Windy Willows (2009) and in Anne's House of Dreams (2010).
- Marianne Muellerleile was her voice actress in the 2007 audio drama Anne of Green Gables.
- Ann Beach provided the voice of Mrs. Lynde in the 1997 radio drama Anne of Green Gables.
- Patricia Hamilton is the best known actress who ever portrayed Rachel Lynde. She portrayed her in all four Kevin Sullivan's films, Anne of Green Gables (1985), Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel (1987), Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story (2000) and Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning (2008), in several episodes of Road to Avonlea (1990–1996) and in Happy Christmas, Miss King (1998). Hamilton was Rachel's voice actress in Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series (2000–2001) and in the 2005 film Anne: Journey to Green Gables.
- Miyoko Asô was her voice actress in the Japanese TV series Akage no An (1979).
- Madge Ryan portrayed her in 1975 TV series Anne of Avonlea, replacing Avis Bunnage in that role.
- Avis Bunnage portrayed Rachel in 1972 TV series Anne of Green Gables, also starring Kim Braden as Anne Shirley.
- Terézia Kronerová provided the voice of Rachel in the 1966 radio drama Anne of Green Gables.
- Germaine Giroux portrayed her in the 1957 TV film Anne de Green Gables, also starring Mirielle Lachance as Anne Shirley.
- Helene Winston portrayed Rachel in the 1956 film Anne of Green Gables and in its 1958 reprise.
- Joan Young was the voice of Rachel and aunt Josephine in the 1944 radio drama. Eight years later, she returned to play the same part in the 1952 TV series Anne of Green Gables.
- Vivienne Chatterton provided the voices of Mrs. Lynde and aunt Josephine in the British radio drama, Anne of Green Gables (1941).
- Sara Haden portrayed Mrs. Rachel Barry, the hybrid of Rachel Lynde and Mrs. Barry, in the 1934 film Anne of Green Gables, also starring Anne Shirley as Anne Shirley.
- Since 1965, these actresses have portrayed Rachel in the Charlottetown production of Anne of Green Gables – The Musical: Maud Whitmore (1965–1977), Sharon Dyer (1978), Cleone Duncan (1979–1980), Denise Fergusson (1998–2000), Lorraine Foreman (2001), Robin Craig (2002–2004), Marlane O'Brien (2005, 2010, 2016), Charlotte Moore (2006–2009), Susan Johnston Collins (2011–2012), Susan Henley (2013–2014) and Glenda Landry (2015).
- Since 2005, these actresses have portrayed the part in the Summerside and Charlottetown productions of Anne & Gilbert: Pam Stevenson (2005–2006), Robin Craig (2008, 2010, 2014–2015), Nancy Beck (2009) and Margot Sampson (2013).
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