Mercure was born Monique Émond in Montreal, Quebec. She was born to Eugene and Yvonne (née Williams) Emond. Her parents enrolled her as a young child in diction, tap dancing, musical theory and cello classes. She married Pierre Mercure in 1949; the couple had three children.
She studied music and dance, before sampling the theater in the company of St. Lawrence College. In 1960 she held her first major role in replacing an Actress in The Threepenny Opera.
In 1979, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 1993.
Mercure has received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, the Prix Denise Pelletier and the Prix Gascon Roux du Théâtre du Nouveau Monde. In 2006, she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.Profile, rsc.ca; accessed August 27, 2015.
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