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Joy Adamson (I) (1910–1980)

Joy Adamson was born on January 20, 1910 in Troppau, Silesia, Austria-Hungary as Friederike Viktoria Gessner. She is known for her work on Born Free (1998), Born Free (1966) and Living Free (1972). She was married to George Adamson, Peter René Oscar Bally and Victor Isidor Ernst Ritter von Klarwill. She died on January 3, 1980 in Shaba National ... 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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 1980 The Joy Adamson Story (TV Movie documentary) (photography)
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 1980 The Joy Adamson Story (TV Movie documentary)
 1974 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series)
Herself - Author
- Episode #13.190 (1974) ... Herself - Author
 1962 To Tell the Truth (TV Series)
Herself - Contestant
- Episode dated 17 December 1962 (1962) ... Herself - Contestant
 1961 Zoo Quest (TV Series documentary)
- Elsa the Lioness (1961) ... Herself
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 2016 Virginia McKenna's Born Free (TV Movie documentary)
 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
 1985 The Rock 'n' Roll Years (TV Series)
- 1961 (1985) ... Herself
 1962 The Jack Paar Program (TV Series)
- Episode #1.14 (1962) ... Herself

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Painter of wildlife, flora and African native populations.

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

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Separated from George in 1970, but continued to spend Christmases with him. See more »



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