Aida Takla-O’Reilly, a former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the HFPA’s longest-serving member relationship again all the way in which to 1956, has died.
Takla-O’Reilly died on Sunday in Los Angeles. No reason behind loss of life was offered, and her actual age was not given.
Takla-O’Reilly was an Egyptian journalist who lined the leisure business for publications similar to Nisf El Dunia and Al-Ahram and served as president of the Golden Globes group for 4 years, serving from 1994-1996 and once more from 2011-2013.
“She was a great listener, never judged, and always fought for the underdog. She was fearless and inspired others to be fearless – and to become leaders. She had a fierce and deep loyalty to her friends and the people she loved,” mentioned HFPA president Helen Hoehne, who was sponsored by Takla-O’Reilly when she utilized to affix the group and with whom she maintained a particular bond. “I owe Aida a great debt of gratitude for all her support and love over the years – and the HFPA owes much to her tough-as-nails defense of the Association, our work, and our members. To the very end, she was dispensing advice and sharing her wisdom for the future of the HFPA.”
Born in North Africa in Egypt, Takla-O’Reilly moved to the United States as a scholar and earned her grasp’s diploma at UCLA, later changing into a overseas correspondent masking Hollywood and ultimately becoming a member of the HFPA. In that point she managed to land interviews with legends similar to Laurence Olivier, Cecil B. DeMille, Rock Hudson and Agnes Moorhead and even acquired the possibility to current an award to Nelson Mandela.
While nonetheless a young person in Egypt, she at age 16 earned her business pilot’s license and was the youngest feminine pilot to take action within the nation.
Later in her profession in 1976, Takla-O’Reilly was chosen to chair the Pan-African Studies Department at California State University, Los Angeles. During her tenure there, she taught in addition to developed programs in literature, journalism and movie research. Takla was additionally honored with the Women of Vision in Film Award in 2001.
She is survived by her daughter, Dominique, and her grandchildren, Mikaela, Taylor, Arianna, Zachary and Naomi.