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Leonie, Elegant Survivor

Leonie, a Romantic Historical Film about Sculptor Isamu Noguchi and His Mother

In Asian ArtNoguchiSculptorSculpture on March 20, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Sculpture by Isamu Noguchi at Seattle Asian Art Museum
Photo by M-J de Mesterton 2004
There is a new film about the artist Noguchi’s mother and his young life, called LEONIE

Bio-Pic of Isamu Noguchi's Mother

Bio-Pic of Isamu Noguchi’s Mother, Premieres in Late March and April

From the Movie Website: Leonie

“THIS IS AN EXQUISITE MOVIE ABOUT A COURAGEOUS,
DETERMINED WOMAN. A WONDERFUL STORY.”
– JEFFREY LYONS/LYONS DEN RADIO ”EMILY MORTIMER STUNS IN HER MOST RADIANT PERFORMANCE
YET AS LEONIE IN THIS EXQUISITE PORTRAIT OF A TRULY
UNCONVENTIONAL WOMAN
.”
– NICKI RICHESIN, THE HUFFINGTON POST”NOTHING SHORT OF MAGNIFICENT!
– AMY R. HANDLER, FILM THREAT

Directed By: Hisako Matsui

Written By: Hisako Matsui (screenplay), Masayo Duus (biography),
David Wiener (screenplay)

Produced By: Hisako Matsui, Ashok Amritraj, Yûki Itô, Masao Nagai

Starring: Emily Mortimer (HBO series “The Newsroom”; Hugo, Shutter Island, Lovely and Amazing, Lars and the Real Girl), Christina Hendricks (Three time EMMY nominee for “Mad Men”; Drive, Detachment, Life as We Know It), Shidô Nakamura (Letters from Iwo Jima, Fearless, Red Cliff)

A tender and inspiring story of a remarkable woman who nurtures the amazing artistic talent of her son who has chiefly one way to succeed and one person to guide him, as he grows into the world-renowned artist, Isamu Noguchi.

The Movie about Sculptor Isamu Noguchi
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Tina Turner, Elegant Survivor

Photo of Tina Turner from Last.fm

♫Tina Turner at Wikipedia♫

We watched the bio-pic about Tina Turner, What’s Love Got to Do with It, and I wondered why I hadn’t yet thought of including her on Elegant Survivors–well, she really does belong here. What a strong and good woman she is, and what an amazing story of survival and success that movie reveals! I’m so glad I was able to see the story of this bright star.

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Geneviève de Galard, The Angel of Dien Bien Phu

Geneviève de Galard, The Angel of Dien Bien Phu, has been featured on my Elegant Survivors page for many months. This exceedingly valiant heroine and her husband live in Paris….

Here is an excerpt from a letter by the editor of Geneviève de Galard’s autobiography, William Hopanski:

Geneviève asked me to translate her recent video from the French , and you will see my translation superimposed. I ask that you share the video with as many people as possible, and especially send it to teachers of French classes in high schools and colleges near you. Geneviève dedicated many years to working with and for young people, and she hopes that her story will inspire many of them to do what they can to promote freedom worldwide.

Following is the introduction I wrote in 2010 for AUSA, delivered by a general during Geneviève’s reception and book signing in Washington. It will give you an overview of this remarkable person and the enormous challenge she overcame.

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“In the spring of 1954, with the Free World engaged in a global struggle to contain Communism, all eyes were on a French garrison in a remote northwestern corner of Vietnam: Dien Bien Phu. Fifteen thousand French Union forces were surrounded by a 35,000 man Viet Minh army, supported by a 300,000-strong supply and labor force. Hanoi was 180 air miles distant, and wounded and dying needed to be evacuated from the airstrip which was under almost constant artillery bombardment.

A young French flight nurse had flown through antiaircraft fire into and out of this hell many times. On 28 March 1954, her evacuation aircraft succeeded in landing in the dark, but ran into barbed wire which ruptured the oil tank. After daylight the disabled aircraft was spotted and destroyed by artillery. This was the last plane to land at Dien Bien Phu. She was trapped.

What follows is the story of an incredibly skillful, compassionate, courageous young woman who for 57 days, to include 17 as a prisoner of the enemy, gave treatment and hope to those men who with profound respect and affection called her “our Geneviève,” and whom the American press named, “The Angel of Dien Bien Phu.” After her release, President Eisenhower invited her to the United States where she received a tickertape parade up Broadway, a standing ovation in Congress, and the Medal of Freedom from the president at the White House. It is an extraordinary honor to introduce Geneviève de Galard, ‘The Angel of Dien Bien Phu.'”

~~William Hopanski, Editor

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Elegant Jungle Roses for Breast Cancer Survivors

Inspired by her own fight with breast cancer, Londy Child, the owner of the very elegant company, Jungle Roses, developed the “Pink in the Jungle” rose package designed to be sent to breast cancer survivors, fighters and those who love them. It includes one dozen special light pink roses, a tiny pink ribbon charm with Swarvosky crystals and a pink ribbon decal on the outside of the box.  Profits from this special package will be donated to cancer care and research.  You can read about Ms. Child’s experiences in treatment and as a survivor in her blog at  http://jungleroses.blogspot.com.

Jungle Roses: "Pink in the Jungle", the Perfect Gift for an Elegant Survivor