October 7, 1993 |
Michael Tilson Thomas' "From the Diary of Anne Frank," commissioned by UNICEF, received its premiere in Philadelphia in 1990, with the composer conducting the Miami-based New World Symphony, which he had led since its inception two years earlier. The narrator was Audrey Hepburn, who had originally read and suggested passages for the piece to the now 48-year-old composer.
June 9, 2009 |
Anne Frank put a human face on the horrors of the Holocaust, thanks to the gift of an autograph book she received for her 13th birthday on June 12, 1942. It was just a month before her Jewish family went into hiding from the Nazis in rooms in her father Otto Frank's office building. Until they were betrayed to the Nazis, arrested and sent to concentration camps in 1944, Anne Frank skillfully wrote, in the red-and-green-plaid cloth book with a small lock, about her life in the attic.
March 21, 1990 |
Audrey Hepburn and Anne Frank: Audrey Hepburn has called her performance in a musical work based on "The Diary of Anne Frank" among the finest experiences of her life. An audience of 2,400 stood in tribute Monday after Hepburn's narration during a world-premiere performance of composer Michael Tilson Thomas' "From the Diary of Anne Frank" at Philadelphia's Academy of Music. The performance was part of UNICEF's "Concerts for Life: An American Tour for the World's Children."
July 18, 1993
Gusti Huber, 78, the actress who played the mother in "The Diary of Anne Frank." Considered the first lady of Austrian theater in the 1930s and 1940s, Miss Huber came to the United States after marrying an Army captain she met during the liberation of Austria in World War II. She played Edith Frank in the Broadway version of the account of a Jewish family hiding from Nazis in an Amsterdam garret.
April 1, 1989
A modest proposal concerning the recent return of Lyle Wheeler's Oscar, won for his art direction in "The Diary of Anne Frank" ("A Hollywood Ending for the Wheeler Oscar Saga," by Daniel Cerone, March 25): William Kaiser, a former hospital administrator from Tuxedo Park, N.Y., purchased the statuette for $21,250 and presented it to Mr. Wheeler. What a magnanimous and wonderful act! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has an honor called the Jean Hersholt Award, a tribute for humanitarian service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1989
The Salman Rushdie controversy raises interesting questions regarding censorship. I'm proud the Western World rushed to his defense; particularly, Britain--he lives there. As for American supporters, count me in, but it's a strange side to be on in a country where "The Diary of Anne Frank" is still censored in some places; where I was recently requested to remove the word "Yid" from an essay by the editor of a New York literary magazine because it might cause "a religious war"; where "seven little words" are bleeped from movies even on late-night television; where radio stations are still pursued by the FCC for obscenities after dark; where racism is so prevalent articles on mixed marriages still make newspaper headlines.