Mariane Pearl

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Mariane Pearl
Marianne Pearl.jpg
Mariane Pearl in 2003.
Born Mariane van Neyenhoff
(1967-07-23) 23 July 1967 (age 48)
Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Nationality French
Occupation Freelance Journalist
Employer Glamour
Religion Soka Gakkai International (Nichiren Buddhism)
Spouse(s) Daniel Pearl (1999-2002; his death)
Children Adam Daniel Pearl (born on May 28, 2002)

Mariane van Neyenhoff Pearl (born 23 July 1967) is a French freelance journalist[1] and a former reporter and columnist[2] for Glamour magazine. She is the widow of Daniel Pearl,[3] the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in early 2002.

Life and career[edit]

Pearl was born in Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine, France, to a Dutch father and a Cuban mother of Afro-Chinese-Cuban descent; her paternal grandfather was a Dutch Jewish diamond merchant.[4][5][6][7] She was raised in Paris and met Daniel Pearl while he was on assignment there.[8]

They married in August 1999,[1] lived for a time in Mumbai, India, where Daniel was the South Asia bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, and later traveled to Karachi, Pakistan, to cover aspects of the War on Terrorism. Their son Adam D. was born in Paris four months after his father had been murdered by decapitation.[9]

Pearl's memoir, A Mighty Heart, which deals with the events surrounding her husband's kidnapping and barbaric execution (by beheading), was adapted for the film A Mighty Heart. Co-produced by Brad Pitt, Andrew Eaton and Dede Gardner[10] and directed by Michael Winterbottom, the film stars Angelina Jolie and Dan Futterman as Mariane and Daniel Pearl.[11][12][13][14]

Mariane Pearl is a practicing Nichiren Buddhist and a member of Soka Gakkai International.[15][16][17] Her brother Satchi Van Neyenhoff is a sound editor.[5][18]

Daniel Pearl Foundation[edit]

Pearl is a member of the honorary board of the Daniel Pearl Foundation[19] which was founded by Daniel Pearl's parents, Ruth and Judea Pearl. Honorary board members include international correspondent Christiane Amanpour; former American President Bill Clinton; Pakistani philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi; president of Stanford University John L. Hennessy; founding Nightline anchorman Ted Koppel; Queen Noor of Jordan; Palestinian professor and president of Al-Quds University Sari Nusseibeh; violinist Itzhak Perlman; Nobel Peace Prize winning author Elie Wiesel, and others.


In July 2007, Pearl filed suit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York[20][21] against terrorists – and a bank which may have financed them – for their alleged roles in the abduction, torture and murder of her husband. Those named in the suit include Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and Habib Bank. On 24 October 2007, the lawsuit seeking damages against al-Qaida, a dozen reputed terrorists, and Pakistan's largest bank was dropped.

Lawyers for Mariane Pearl noted that Habib Bank Limited and the other defendants in the case had not answered the lawsuit filed in July (although Habib Bank Limited had denied ever supporting terrorism),[22] but they otherwise did not explain their reason for dropping the action.[23] A spokesman for the lawyers has stated that the withdrawal was due to personal reasons and should have no bearing on the merits of the lawsuit.[22]




  1. ^ a b "Jim Lehrer interviews Mariane Pearl, the wife of murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl". The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. 18 March 2002. Retrieved 2007-06-19. 
  2. ^ "Global Diary". Glamour magazine. Retrieved 2007-06-19. 
  3. ^ Bill Broadway (15 January 2005). "Intersection of Faith and Freedom: Richmond Group That Promotes Religious Tolerance Presents Listing of Top 10 Issues". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-06-19. 
  4. ^ "A Widow, But Spare The Pity; Resisting Pressure To Sentimentalize Over Daniel Pearl". The New York Times. 6 October 2003. 
  5. ^ a b Mariane Pearl (August 2006). "The woman who gave me my strength". Glamour magazine.  Note: this article is also on the Institute for Jewish & Community Research website (link).
  6. ^ Heller McAlpin (2 October 2003). "Collateral Damage". Christian Science Monitor. 
  7. ^ Andrew O'Hehir (21 May 2007). "Beyond the Multiplex". Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  8. ^ "Larry King Live: Transcript of Interview With Mariane Pearl". Larry King Live. 19 March 2002. Retrieved 2007-06-19. 
  9. ^ "Pearl's widow gives birth to their son Adam Daniel Pearl". CNN. 30 May 2002. Retrieved 2007-06-19. 
  10. ^ Justin Chang (21 May 2007). "A Mighty Heart: Cannes Film Festival Review". Variety. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  11. ^ Scott Bowles (10 October 2006). "Jolie and Pitt, with 'Heart'". USA Today. 
  12. ^ Agence France Presse (4 May 2007). "Angelina Jolie and Mariane Pearl discuss 'A Mighty Heart'". Turkish Daily News. 
  13. ^ Teresa Wiltz (23 June 2007). "A Part Colored By History". The Washington Post, p. C01. 
  14. ^ Asra Q. Nomani (24 June 2007). "A Mighty Shame". The Washington Post. 
  15. ^ "A Spirit of Defiance: Transcript of Radio Program". Speaking of Faith. 19 October 2006. Retrieved 2007-06-19. 
  16. ^ Bill Broadway (23 March 2002). "Widow's Strength Inspires Faithful; Public Statements Demonstrate Pearl's Buddhist Beliefs". The Washington Post. (abstract). Retrieved 2007-06-19. 
  17. ^ Bill Broadway (6 April 2002). "Pearl's widow champions Buddhist beliefs, inspires the faithful". The Washington Post. Buddhist Fellowship news features. Archived from the original on 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2007-06-19. 
  18. ^ Satchi Van Neyenhoff at the Internet Movie Database
  19. ^ "The Daniel Pearl Foundation". About the Daniel Pearl Foundation. Retrieved 2007-06-18.  External link in |work= (help)
  20. ^ Patricia Hurtado (18 July 2007). "Pearl Widow Sues Pakistan Bank Over Murder of Husband (Update5).". Bloomberg. 
  21. ^ Reuters (18 July 2007). "Mariane Pearl sues al Qaeda over husband's killing.". Yahoo! News. 
  22. ^ a b Reuters (25 October 2007). "Pearl widow drops lawsuit against al Qaeda". ABC News (Australia). 
  23. ^ Associated Press (24 October 2007). "Daniel Pearl’s widow drops terror lawsuit: Wife of murdered journalist sought damages from al-Qaida, Pakistan bank". MSNBC. 
  24. ^ Mariane Pearl at the Internet Movie Database.

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