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Joy Adamson

Naturalist and Author Joy Adamson
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Profession: Naturalist and Author

Nationality:
Austria
Austrian

Why Famous: Joy Adamson became famous for her books "Born Free" and their follow-ups which told the real-life story of her attempts to raise the lioness Elsa in Kenya and her later attempts to release the lion back into the wild.

Adamson used the success of "Born Free" to raise money and awareness for conservation in Africa. An illustrator and painter Adamson's work was often included in her books.

Born: January 20, 1910
Birthplace: Troppau, Austria-Hungary

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: January 3, 1980 (aged 69)
Cause of Death: Murdered

Events in the Life of Joy Adamson

  • 1966-03-14 British film "Born Free" based on the book "Born Free" by Joy Adamson released starring Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers