Muriel Gardiner was an electrifying woman who impressed everyone with her beauty, intelligence, and courage. Her adventurous life led her from Chicago high society and a dynasty of millionaire meatpackers, to the Austrian resistance during the 1930. From Wellesley College and Oxford University, to a career as an eminent psychoanalyst. From a determination to live life fully, to the saving of countless Jews and dissidents by smuggling people, papers, and money across borders. She was a sensual woman, who married three times and had several lovers, and was dedicated to helping others, both with her enormous financial resources and through her work as a doctor, an analyst, and a child therapist.
Muriel was the creative and financial force behind London's Freud Museum as well as the benefactor of countless people --- WWII refugees, those who fled after the Hungarian Revolution, students who needed funding for college and advanced degrees. Even the Earth benefitted as she bequeathed 600 acres of land and her home to a watershed in Central New Jersey to be forever wild.
As a legend of the Austrian resistance against the Nazis, Muriel inspired Lillian Hellman's "Julia," starring Vanessa Redgrave in the role of Julia/Muriel. It is my hope that MURIEL'S WAR will inspire all of us who believe that one person can change the world.
Causes sheila isenberg Supports
Women for Women International
Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE)
White Ribbon Alliance