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Jean Strauss

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Please join Host Pam Kroskie as she interviews author, filmmaker and adoptee Jean Strauss.


A graduate of UC Berkeley and USC, wife of a college president and mother of two grown sons, she began making documentary films at the age of 50. Her short films won numerous award and accolades, and were included in prestigious screenings from American Cinematheque's annual "Women in Shorts" which displays emerging women directors, to the San Diego Cinema Society's "A Year in Shorts." Her books include Penguin's "Birthright: the Guide to Search and Reunion", and the NYTimes bestseller, "Forever Liesl: a memoir of The Sound of Music".

Jean Strauss has chosen several paths in her life, most recently legislative activist and documentary filmmaker. Jean now has two feature documentarries. She combines these two passions into films that touch the hearts of the adoption constellation.