BORN FREE. 1966 film based on the true life book by Joy Adamson chronicling her life in Kenya on a game reserve with orphaned lions. In particular the moving story of her returning to the wild her favorite cub "Elsa". It won two Academy Awards for its music theme score and was the most popular film of the year at the British box office, later spawning 1970s sequels Living Free and Forever Free and publicising the now worldwide "Born Free Foundation". The two stars of the film (Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna) both later became prolific wildlife campaigners. On 3rd January 1980, Joy Adamson's body was discovered by her assistant, Peter Morson in the Shaba Nature Reserve in Kenya. He mistakenly assumed she had been killed by a lion and this was what was initially reported by the media. The police investigation found Adamson's wounds were too sharp and bloodless to have been caused by an animal and concluded she had been murdered aged 69. Paul Nakware Ekai (a discharged labourer formerly employed by Adamson) was found guilty of murder and sentenced to indefinite imprisonment. He escaped capital punishment as the judge ruled he might have been a minor when the crime was committed. Her husband George Adamson was murdered nine years later in 1989, near his camp in The Kora National Park, while rushing to the aid of a tourist who was being attacked by poachers.
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Reference Number. 10943
An original typed letter (dated April 28th 2005) on Born Free headed paper, clearly signed in ink by Virginia McKennaView more information
Reference Number. 8901
An original circa 1970s cutting taken from a visitors book, clearly signed in ballpoints by both Virginia McKenna (adding not working !) and Bill Travers (adding only just !).
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Reference Number. 6236
An original vintage 1968 cutting from a RMS Queen Elizabeth dinner menu (dated Monday 22nd January 1968), clearly signed in ballpoints by both husband and wife stars of the film ; Bill Travers d1994 (adding very good wishes) and Virginia McKenna (who received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance)
Double mounted for fine display with photographs
Desirable as from the 1960s and signed together on the same page
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