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|Steve Frame||Jul 19 2007, 01:26 PM|
Mia Farrow replaces Valerie Plame Wilson
Posted by From The Republican Newsroom April 20, 2007 12:04PM
By ANNE-GERARD FLYNN
Award-winning actress and United Nation Children's Fund Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow will speak in place of former CIA covert operations officer Valerie Plame Wilson at Bay Path College's 12th Annual Women's Professional Development Conference on April 27 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.
"We were very lucky. She has been in the news recently speaking about Darfur and other areas of Africa both nationally and internationally," Kathleen M. Wroblewski, Bay Path's director of communications and marketing, said of the Longmeadow college's efforts to secure Farrow as a speaker.
Wroblewski said Bay Path had been informed earlier this week by a spokesman for Wilson that she would be unable to speak at the conference.
Wroblewski said she believed that the cancellation was related to the recent federal trial in Washington, D.C. in which the high ranking Bush administration official, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, was convicted on accounts of perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements. The case revolved around the outing of the identity of Wilson as a CIA operative.
Wilson and her husband, retired U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson, have filed a suit seeking civil damages in the case.
"My understanding is that she canceled not just at Bay Path but all her speaking engagements but we are going to try to get her at a later date," Wroblewski said.
Other keynote speakers at this year's conference are poet, writer and teacher Maya Angelou, perhaps best known for her autobiographical, "I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings," and Lynn Donohue, author of "Brick by Brick: A Woman's Journey," who headed her own construction company before the age of 30.
Donohue will speak at 12:30 p.m. and Angelou around 3:15 p.m. Wroblewski said the 52-year old Farrow was invited to fill-in as the conference's morning speaker because of how her life relates to the symposium's theme of resilience.
Farrow, who has been an ambassador for the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund since 2000, has traveled to African's largest country and met with some of the 2.5 million displaced refugees from that country's three-year civil war that has been labeled a genocide.
When she was first appointed ambassador, Farrow, who had polio as a child, was a speaker at the first Global Polio Partners Summit at the United Nations in New York.
The daughter of writer and film director John Farrow and actress Maureen O'Sullivan, Farrow has starred in such films as "Rosemary's Baby," "The Great Gatsby" and "Hannah and Her Sisters" as well as he TV series, "Peyton Place."
She is author of the book, "What Falls Away." She has 13 living children, several of whom she adopted as a single parent through UNICEF. She also had children with musician Andre Previn and director Woody Allen and was married for three years in her 20s to Frank Sinatra.
The conference on April 27 includes workshop sessions and takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $300. For more information, call (413) 565-1293.
Note: The article is wrong about her age; she is 62 and not 52.
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