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Dian Fossey (1932–1985)

Dian Fossey was born on January 16, 1932 in San Francisco, California, USA. She was a director and writer, known for Gorillas in the Mist (1988), The Emotional World of Farm Animals (2004) and Fossey's War (1980). She died on December 26, 1985 in Karisoke, Rwanda. See full bio »


(age 53) in Karisoke, Rwanda

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Gorillas in the Mist
Fossey's War
Fossey's War Herself
National Geographic Specials
National Geographic Specials Herself - Primatologist


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 1981 The World About Us (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
- Gorilla (1981)
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 1988 Gorillas in the Mist (work)
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 2004 The Emotional World of Farm Animals (TV Movie documentary)
Herself (rumored)
 1985 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series)
- Episode dated 19 June 1985 (1985) ... Herself
 1984 Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom (TV Series documentary)
- Reunion with the Gorillas (1984) ... Herself
 1976-1981 National Geographic Specials (TV Series documentary)
Herself - Primatologist
- Gorilla (1981) ... Herself - Primatologist
- Search for the Great Apes (1976) ... Herself - Primatologist
 1980 Fossey's War (TV Movie documentary)
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 2011 All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (TV Mini-Series documentary)
 2007 Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom (TV Series documentary)
- Magnificent Moments (2007) ... Herself
 2004 Universum (TV Series documentary)
- Die Gorillas meines Großvaters (2004) ... Herself
 2003 National Geographic Specials (TV Series documentary)
- The Lost Film of Dian Fossey (2003) ... Herself
 1995 30 Years of National Geographic Specials (TV Movie documentary)
 1986 Gorilla (Video documentary)

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When you understand the value of all life, you think less about what is past and think instead about the protection of the future. See more »


She was hacked to death in her jungle camp on the slopes of Rwanda's Mount Visoke, a 12,175-foot dormant volcano, where she lived among endangered mountain gorillas. Dian was buried next to her beloved animals in the gorilla cemetery. See more »

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