Evalyn Walsh Mc Lean-Owner of the Hope Diamond
Her Life and Times
Myrna Goldberger
Recipient of the LLS 1999 Excellence in Teaching Award

EVENT DESCRIPTION: From a poor childhood as the daughter of a frenetic miner to the wealthy offspring of this same father who one day struck-it-rich, Evalyn Walsh McLean lived a life dominated by excessive wealth, influential friends, attention-seeking behavior, dissipation, hedonism and tragedy. Married to Ed McLean, owner of the Washington Post, Evalyn became Washington's most prominent hostess, inviting the Tafts, Hardings, Coolidges, Alice Roosevelt and even J. Edgar Hoover to her magnificent, creative functions. But Evalyn Walsh McLean is probably best known as the 22-year-old owner of the Hope Diamond, a dazzling jewel whose supposed curse surrounded its carats. In this one-act, self-written program, Myrna Goldberger, using costumes and visuals, will portray a woman who also became a cheated victim in the Lindbergh case, a benefactor to the Bonus Army, the wife of a husband who went mad and the mother of four children, two of whom died under mysterious, tragic circumstances. This presentation aims to provide Edutainment for Myrna's fans with a story portrayed in film by Arlene Dahl and appropriately entitled, "The Diamond Queen".

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Myrna Goldberger has been a presenter for the Lifelong Learning Society (LLS) for 21-plus years. Educated at the University of Maryland, Loyola College and Johns Hopkins University, Myrna has had more than 50 years of experience in educational programming, including Elderhostel and scholar-in-residence weekends. She currently presents lectures to community and religious groups, as well as to special-interest groups in Florida and other states. Moreover, she performs in self-written, one-act plays focusing on famous American women and men. Myrna calls what she does  "Edutainment," and she has been the recipient of several LLS awards.

SPL3112
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member advance registration - $20 per event
$50 for any combination of three events
$100 for any combination of seven events
Door price member/non-member - $25