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Joy Adamson (1910–1980)

Joy Adamson was born on January 20, 1910 in Troppau, Silesia, Austria-Hungary as Joy-friederike Victoria Gessner. She was a writer and actress, known for Born Free (1966), Born Free (1998) and Living Free (1972). She was married to George Adamson, Victor von Klarwill and Peter Bally. She died on January 3, 1980 in Shaba National Reserve, Kenya. See full bio »

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 1998 Born Free (TV Series) (based on characters created by - 25 episodes)
- The Unexpected: Part II (1998) ... (based on characters created by)
- The Rogue (1998) ... (based on characters created by)
- The Reunion (1998) ... (based on characters created by)
- The Loner (1998) ... (based on characters created by)
- The Healing (1998) ... (based on characters created by)
 1996 Born Free: A New Adventure (TV Movie) (characters from the book "Born Free")
 1974 Born Free (TV Series) (book - 13 episodes)
- The Devil Leopard (1974) ... (book)
- The Raiders (1974) ... (book)
- The White Rhino (1974) ... (book)
- Elsa's Odyssey (1974) ... (book)
- The Maneaters of Merti (1974) ... (book)
 1972 Living Free (book)
 1966 Born Free (book)
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 1955 The Vise (TV Series)
Miss Burrows / Betty Williams
- The Bargain (1955) ... Miss Burrows
- Death Walks by Night (1955) ... Betty Williams
 1953 Rookery Nook (TV Movie)
Poppy Dickie
 1948 R.U.R. (TV Movie)
Sulla, a robotess
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 1980 The Joy Adamson Story (TV Movie documentary) (photography)
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 1980 The Joy Adamson Story (TV Movie documentary)
 1961 Zoo Quest (TV Series documentary)
- Elsa the Lioness (1961) ... Herself
 1951 What's My Line (TV Series)
Herself - Twenty Questions Panellist
- What's My Liners v. Twenty Questioners (1951) ... Herself - Twenty Questions Panellist
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 2011 Nature (TV Series documentary)
- Elsa's Legacy: The Born Free Story (2011) ... Herself
 1996 Reputations (TV Series documentary)
- Joy Adamson: Born Wild? (1996) ... Herself
 1962 The Jack Paar Program (TV Series)
- Episode #1.14 (1962) ... Herself

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2 Biographical Movies | 2 Print Biographies | 4 Portrayals | 1 Article | 1 Pictorial | See more »

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British naturalist and writer, born in Austria. She lived in Kenya from 1937, studying and painting wildlife, native tribesmen and plants. Famously, she was the author of "Born Free" (1960) and its sequels "Elsa" (1961), "Forever Free" (1962) and "Elsa and her Cubs" (1965). A tireless campaigner for wildlife conservation, she was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art in 1977. ... See more »

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