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GCU Celebrates the Life of Pioneer Female Photographer Toni Frissell

Event Is Part of GCU’s Celebration of Women’s History Month

Lakewood, N.J., Mar. 9, 2010—Join Georgian Court and St. George Productions in a World War II canteen for an interactive, living history performance about the fascinating life of pioneer female photographer Toni Frissell. The performance will take place on Monday, March 29, at 6:00 p.m. in the Little Theatre on the Lakewood campus.

Produced and written by St. George Productions of Medford, New York, “The Stage Door Canteen Salutes Toni Frissell” is part of Georgian Court’s ongoing Conversations across Time series, which celebrates our heritage with professional actors portraying those from the past whose impact is still felt today.

“The story focuses on women during wartime,” says Sal St. George, producer and director of the show. “In addition to Toni Frissell, we have actresses portraying Martha Raye, the comic actress and singer who toured with the USO during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars, and Frances Langford, a singer and actress who traveled with Bob Hope’s USO tours during World War II and even the Persian Gulf. They’ll sing big band classics to get everyone in the spirit.”

Audience members will be treated to a video montage of Toni Frissell’s dramatic photography. After the performance, a question-and-answer session with “Martha,” “Frances,” and “Toni” affords attendees opportunities to find out more about these fascinating women.

The performance is $5 per person in advance, $10 per person at the door, and free to current GCU students with ID. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or specialevents@georgian.edu.

About Toni Frissell
Antoinette “Toni” Frissell (1907–1988) broke the barrier of gender equality and nontraditional employment for women as she became the first woman war photographer and the first woman on the staff of Sports Illustrated. While she is perhaps best known today for her pioneering fashion photography for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, Frissell volunteered her photographic services to the American Red Cross, Women's Army Corps, and Eighth Army Air Force during World War II. On their behalf, she produced thousands of images of nurses, front-line soldiers, WACs, Tuskegee airmen, and orphaned children.

Her leap from the fashion pages to front pages echoed the desires of earlier newswomen to move from “soft news” to “hard news.” Frissell, who often pursued wartime assignments over the objections of her family, once said, “I became so frustrated with fashions that I wanted to prove to myself that I could do a real reporting job.”

Her work largely served to support the publicity objectives of her subjects. As the official photographer of the Women’s Army Corps, her images of WACs in training helped combat the negative public perception of women in uniform.

Frissell was also known for her portraits of the famous and powerful, including Winston Churchill, Eleanor Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier’s wedding.

Additional Women’s History Month Event at GCU

Financial Workshop: What I Wish I Would Have Known…Preparing for the Unexpected
Saturday, March 27, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Casino Ballroom
$39; reservations required
Attend this session to hear from certified financial planner Kate Sweeney and Laurie Flynn, vice president of wealth management and financial planning specialist at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, to hear how women, whether through the death of a spouse or divorce, can prepare for being the sole financial decision maker for the first time.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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