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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 World About Us (1967) and National Geographic Specials (1965). She died on December 26, 1985 in Karisoke, Rwanda. See full bio »


(age 53) in Karisoke, Rwanda

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National Geographic Specials Herself - Primatologist / Herself


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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)
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 1985 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series)
- Tim Reid/Ronnie Shakes/Dian Fossey (1985) ... Herself
 1984 Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom (TV Series documentary)
- Reunion with the Gorillas (1984) ... Herself
 1971-1981 National Geographic Specials (TV Series documentary)
Herself - Primatologist / Herself
- Gorilla (1981) ... Herself - Primatologist
- Search for the Great Apes (1976) ... Herself - Primatologist
- Monkeys, Apes & Man (1971) ... Herself
 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
 2006 Les derniers jours d'une icône (TV Series documentary)
- Les derniers jours de Dian Fossey (2006) ... Herself
 2004 Universum (TV Series documentary)
- Die Gorillas meines Großvaters (2004) ... Herself
 2002 National Geographic Specials (TV Series documentary)
- The Lost Film of Dian Fossey (2002) ... Herself
 1995 30 Years of National Geographic Specials (TV Movie documentary)
 1986 Gorilla (Video documentary)

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Two white Americans who were serving as her research assistants were arrested for the killing. One died in a Rwandan jail; the other, Wayne McGuire, was convicted in absentia after a three-judge panel in Rwanda said that McGuire killed her to gain access to her research. McGuire fled to the United States (which does not have an extradition agreement with Rwanda), where he has lived since the ... See more »

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