Born fifth after four brothers to a Scottish-Canadian mother and a French-Canadian father, Langlois was raised by her mother in the Hamilton area where Lisa attended Ecole Notre-Dame primary school and Ecole Secondaire Georges P. Vanier Secondary school. Lisa where was consistently
an honour student where Lisa became president of both schools and went on to get her B.A. in French, Suma Cum Laude at McMaster University.
Lisa’s first appearance can be traced back to “Romper Room” for CHCH-TV. Lisa’s initial shyness was evidently overcome when Miss Betty Thompson called Lisa’s mother to ask if she would ask Lisa to give the other children a chance to answer the questions. Lisa later became a Dorothy Hurst Tigerette and performed at many Ti-Cat half time shows. Her stepbrother entered Lisa into the Miss Teen Hamilton pageant where Lisa not only won but went on to become runner up Miss Teen Canada, second runner Miss Teenage Intercontinental and Miss Photogenic by unanimous vote by the international press. (A fact that the late Brian Linehan admitted managed to escape him despite Lisa’s interviews for his show “City Lights”.)
It was a teacher from the “Roland & Romaine Dance Studio”, who suggested that Lisa do commercials in order to pay for her University tuition. The rest is history. Lisa was immediately cast in a slew of commercials. It was in France, however, that Langlois’ film work began when she was discovered by French New Wave, director Claude Chabrol who cast her first in “Blood Relatives” with Donald Sutherland and then in the classic “Violette Nozière” opposite Isabelle Huppert. Chabrol was just the first internationally acclaimed director to select Langlois for a starring role. John Huston cast her in his dark, controversial thriller, “Phobia”; Hal Ashby chose Langlois to make her singing debut as the rock and roller in the Neil Simon comedy “The Slugger’s Wife”. In the film, Lisa was to sing three songs but then legendary music producer, Quincy Jones added a fourth. In "Class of 1984", Mark Lester cast Lisa to play against her classic "girl next door' brand as the Punk icon Patsy, in the cult "Class 1984".
While Lisa’s television appearances have been infrequent, her launch into the medium was as one of the twelve potential stars of tomorrow in ABC-TV’s highly touted talent development program. Lisa guest starred on “Murder She Wrote” and “Father Dowling Mysteries” but is best remembered for playing opposite Tony Danza in the highly rated TV film, “Doing Life”.
Lisa recently took a sabbatical to have raise her son, Emerson. He is now in college and she plans to resume acting as well as move into producing. Her eyes are set on adapting Sylvia Fraser’s novel, “Pandora” which is set in Hamilton. Evidently, Lisa has proven herself to be one of Canada’s most versatile talents working in films, theatre and television.
Lisa currently has two projects in development. "Pandora", a feature based on the Canadian award winning novel written by Sylvia Fraser; "Born Again Canadian" a television series, co-written by Lisa and Billy Ribeck.