Rosa Maria Juana Martinez Suarez (b. 1927) is an Argentine actress known by her stage name, Mirtha Legrand. She and her twin sister, Silvia Legrand, began their acting careers in 1940 with the film Hay Que Educar a Nini. Legrand starred in over 30 films over the following 25 years. Since 1968, she has hosted the popular talk show, “Lunch with Mirtha Legrand,” welcoming guests from Hollywood and around the world.
Norma Aleandro Robleba (b. 1936) is an Argentine actress, screenwriter, and theatre director. A critic of the military rule of Argentina, Aleandro was exiled to Uruguay and Spain in the late 1970s. She returned to Argentina in 1982, and resumed her work in film and theatre. She has appeared in many Argentine and Hollywood films, performing alongside stars including Anthony Hopkins, Laura Linney, and Charlotte Gainsbourg. She was nominated in 1987 for Best Supporting Actress from both the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes, and in 1985, she won the Cannes Award for Best Actress.
Luigina Lollobrigida (b. 1927) was an international screen legend during the 1950s and 60s. In the 1970s, she took up photojournalism and sculpture, interviewing Fidel Castro, Henry Kissinger, Salvador Dalí, among other notable personalities. Born in Italy, she now lives in Spain. Visible on this image are pencil notes of changes Lollobrigida requested Schiffer to make.
Born in Chicago, Frances Taylor (b. 1929) began her dance career on the New York stage at the age of 16. She went on to perform in the Paris Opera Ballet, the original production of West Side Story, and opposite Sammy Davis Jr. in Mr. Wonderful, Porgy and Bess, and Shinbone Alley. Introduced by drummer Max Roach, Taylor married Miles Davis in 1958. The marriage lasted for nine years, before Davis’ violent demeanour became too much for Taylor to bear.
Courtesy Jennifer Levine
This image demonstrates Schiffer’s exceptional skills of photo manipulation. “Fred’s self-portrait is way ahead of its time,” notes photographer Don MacGregor. For the era, decades before Photoshop, “it was leading edge both technically and artistically. Each element of the composition stands out on its own yet works in harmony to tell a story. These elements are balanced such that your eye moves throughout the image and returns to the main image. The relationship of each image as part of the story of the photographer simply brings a smile to me and other photographers who have seen it.”
George Zukerman Quartet, CBC Studios
George Zukerman (top left), CC, OBC (b. 1927) is regarded as one of the world’s foremost bassoonists and has played solo and in ensembles around the world, actively increasing the popularity of bassoon as a solo instrument. Pictured left to right: George Zukerman, unknown, Ozzie McComb, and Harvey Adams.
Louis Armstrong, CBC
Louis Armstrong (1901-1971) was a renowned American jazz musician virtuosic trumpet player, and influential cultural figure. He was one of the first African-American entertainers to successfully cross the colour line of racially segregated America, his charisma and talent earning affection throughout the country and internationally. Armstrong’s impact on jazz and popular music was tremendous. In the words of Bing Crosby, “He is the beginning and the end of music in America.”
Nicholas Goldschmidt, CC (1908-2004) made an extraordinary impact on the spread of classical music in Canada. A Moravian-born conductor, pianist and vocalist trained at the Vienna Academy of Music, Goldschmidt moved to Toronto in 1946. Over the following decades, he held directorships at institutions across the country, including being the founding music director of CBC Opera and music director at the University of British Columbia.
Born in Poland and raised in Montreal, Murray Goldman (1920-2013) opened a string of menswear stores in Vancouver, building on his pre-war experience in the Montreal clothing industry. He quickly built a name for himself for his creative and humorous advertising campaigns. Beginning in 1956, a giant caricature of Goldman’s face hung on the outfield fence of Capilano (Nat Bailey) Stadium, offering $100,000 to any home team player to send a ball through Goldman’s smiling mouth. Luckily, no one ever did. But Goldman insured the sign just in case. Read more about Murray Goldman’s antics and accomplishments in the 2015 edition of the Jewish Museum and Archive’s annual journal, The Scribe.
Dr. Bertrand Charles Binning (1909-1976) was a notable artist and teacher of art in Vancouver during the late 20th century. The founding director of the UBC Department of Fine Art, Binning and his wife Jessie were at the centre of a thriving cultural circle, that included Lawren and Bess Harris, Gordon and Marion Smith, John Koerner, and Jack and Doris Shadbolt. Binning was a co-founder of the Art in Living Group, represented Canada at the 1954 Venice Biennale, and established the UBC Festival of Contemporary Arts.
As a newspaper columnist for The Vancouver Sun, and a radio personally, Jack Wasserman (1927-1977) reported on Vancouver nightlife, celebrity culture, and local politics. Through interviews with guests including Nina Simone, Richard Pryor, Dusty Springfield, Eric Burdon and Tommy Douglas, Wasserman shared with his audience the cultural pulse of the 1950s and 1960s. He is memorialized by “Wasserman’s Beat”, the officially renamed stretch of Hornby Street once home to The Cave nightclub, one of his regular haunts.
Born in Toronto, John Braithwaite was elected to City Council in North Vancouver in 1972, serving until 1976. He returned to municipal politics in 1983 and was re-elected consecutively until his retirement in 2002. The John Braithwaite Community Centre in North Vancouver is named in his honour.
August Shellenberg (Playhouse)
August Shellenberg (1936-2013), was a Canadian actor of Mohawk and Swiss-German descent. Trained at the National Theatre School of Canada, Shellenberg appeared in many roles in theatre, film and television, earning a Genie for his role in Black Robe and an Emmy for his role as Chief Sitting Bull in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. Shellenberg died at age 77 shortly after completing a lifelong ambition of mounting an all-aboriginal version of King Lear.
Originally from Glasgow, Jack Webster, CM (1918-1999), was a highly regarded and recognized journalist in newspaper, radio, an television in Vancouver from the close of World War II until his retirement in 1995. He reported for CBC, The Vancouver Sun, CKNW, BCTV and CHEK-TV. In 1963, while working for CKNW, Webster successfully acted as mediator during a hostage standoff at the BC Penitentiary, at the request of the prisoners.
Laurie and Harley Rothstein
Siblings Laurie (b. 1949) and Harley Rothstein (b. 1946) are the children of Norman and Annette Rothstein, noted supporters of theatre and the arts, as well as many Jewish causes in post-war Vancouver. Harley fondly recalls having this portrait taken. “Fred wanted to try something different,” he says, “He was very proud of this photo and hung it in his studio window for over a year. I used to get stopped in the street by people saying ‘Don’t I know you?’ It really captures something of the spirit of the time. People were very excited about what they thought would be a significant period of cultural and political change.”
Jack Diamond, CC, OBC (1909-2001) was an influential Canadian businessman and philanthropist. Born in Galicia, Ukraine, Diamond immigrated to Vancouver in 1927. He grew his small butcher shop into BC’s largest meatpacking firm, Pacific Meats. From 1975 to 1978, Diamond served as Chancellor of Simon Fraser University. Diamond contributed generously to the Variety Club and other local charities, and helped to establish the BC Heart Foundation. Today, his family actively continues his philanthropic legacy.
One of Canada’s most highly regarded architects, Arthur Erickson, CC (1924-2009) left an enduring mark on Greater Vancouver, designing landmarks including the campus of Simon Fraser University, the Vancouver Law Courts, Robson Square, and the Museum of Anthropology. Erickson pioneered new ideas of city planning, and was a mentor to a generation of leading Vancouver architects and urbanists. Erickson was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1981, and in 1986 received the AIA Gold Medal.
Born in Riga, Latvia, Harry Adaskin, OC (1901-1994) studied at the Toronto Conservatory of Music and joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at the age of sixteen. Adaskin hosted several musical programs for CBC Radio, and was the inaugural head of the Department of Music at the University of British Columbia from 1946 to 1958, where he taught until his retirement in 1973.
Headquartered in Vancouver, MacMillan Bloedel was one of the largest forestry companies in the world. It was formed through the merger of three smaller forestry companies, in 1951 and 1959: the Powell River Company (est. 1908); Bloedel, Stewart and Welch (est. 1911); and H.R. MacMillan Export Company (est. 1919). George Currie was appointed Chairman of the company in 1974, having previously served as Executive Vice President of Finance. In 1999 MacMillan Bloedel was bought by Weyerhaeuser.