Barbara Myerhoff

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Barbara Myerhoff
Born Barbara Gay Siegel
(1935-02-16)February 16, 1935
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Died January 7, 1985(1985-01-07) (aged 49)
Burbank, California, U.S.
Cause of death Cancer
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles
Occupation Anthropologist, filmmaker
Spouse(s) Lee Myerhoff (m. 1954; div. 1982)

Barbara Myerhoff (February 16, 1935 – January 7, 1985) was an American anthropologist and filmmaker, and founder of the Center for Visual Anthropology at the University of Southern California.[1]


Born in Cleveland Ohio, Myerhoff's work with the Jewish community in Venice, California was documented in the 1976 ethnographic film Number Our Days, directed by Lynne Littman. Number Our Days was published in book form in 1979, and performed as a play at the Mark Taper Forum in 1982.

Her next project, In Her Own Time, was taken over by Lynne Littman and Vikram Jayanti when Myerhoff was diagnosed with cancer. She died in 1985.[2]




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