Mies Bouwman

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Mies Bouwman
NOS televisieprogramma Europaquiz. Mies Bouwman, Bestanddeelnr 930-2994.jpg
Mies Bouwman in 1979
Born Maria Antoinette Bouwman
(1929-12-31)December 31, 1929
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died 26 February 2018(2018-02-26) (aged 88)
Elst, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Occupation Television presenter
Known for Television shows

Maria Antoinette "Mies" Bouwman (31 December 1929 – 26 February 2018) was a Dutch television presenter.


Born in Amsterdam, she started her career on the very first broadcasting evening of the Dutch broadcasting association KRO (Catholic Radio Broadcaster) on 16 October 1951.

Bouwman made her name as the host of the first large fund-raising programme on Dutch TV, Open Het Dorp. In this show viewers were asked to donate money for charity, in order to open a special village for people with a handicap. This show was broadcast live on 26 and 27 November 1962 and lasted 23 hours. Bouwman presented the entire show.[1] Bouwman developed and hosted Eén van de acht, known in the UK as The Generation Game. She hosted numerous talk shows, as well as the Dutch version of This Is Your Life known as In de hoofdrol. She stopped her regular work after falling sick, but has occasionally returned for special programs.

Bouwman definitively ended her career in 1993 due to health restrictions, and was appointed Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau. Since then she has appeared on TV for interviews, but never as host, only as a guest.[2]


Bouwman died on 26 February 2018 in Elst, Netherlands at the age of 88.[3]

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Sources and references[edit]

  1. ^ Birth of Television website on Open het Dorp, viewed 25 June 2010.
  2. ^ "Mies Bouwman stopt definitief met tv werk (Mies Bouwman definitely stops with her TV work)". Trouw (in Dutch). 12 May 1993. Archived from the original on 2 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Mies Bouwman (88) overleden (in Dutch)