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Monday, November 23, 2009

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Heather Robinson Long

Hello!
Thank you for supporting the story of Claire Adams and the choices she made for love.
I am on the verge of completing the life story of Claire Adams Mackinnon and am facinated by her drive, courage and belief in the best of people. She had some very rough times, including near-poverty and an abusive first marriage, but stayed true to herself and the people she loved.
I actually travelled the other way from Melbourne to Los Angeles for love and couldn't help but think of Claire and how she coped going the other way.
My husband was lucky enough to become VP of Research and Collections at the LA Natural History Museum. When we arrived, I got to talking about Claire Adams to one of the History Collection Managers, who happened to be a silent film fan and expert. Her eyes popped when I told her Claire's story and how she lived happily ever after a long way from Hollywood.
I'd become familiar with Claire's story when I was a student in Melbourne and volunteered for the National Trust. I was given the opportunity to work at Mooramong and the fabulous collection there. As it happened, no one knew very much about her early life in Canada and Hollywood. So guess what I've been doing for the last year and a half?
If you or your visitors would like to know more, I've started a blog, Chasing Claire Adams, which tracks some of my history-hunting adventures. I would love to hear from anyone who may have further information or questions about this fabulous and inspiring woman.

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