Woody Sez
~ Remembering Marjorie Guthrie ~
October 6, 1917 - March 13, 1983
Marjorie Guthrie
Marjorie Guthrie dancing

March 13 th marks the anniversary of the passing of Marjorie Guthrie, Woody Guthrie's wife.
Marjorie was a dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company for over 15 years. She opened her own dancing school, the first to offer modern dance in Brooklyn, NY, in 1950. Thousands of students passed through the Marjorie Mazia School of Dance during the 28 years it was open. Among the iconic dancers that taught at her school were Merce Cunningham, Sophie Maslow, Donald McKayle, Richard Thomas, Jean-Léon Destiné, James Waring, and Hadassah.

When Woody Guthrie passed away in 1967, Marjorie was determined to find a cure for Huntington's disease. She founded the Committee to Combat Huntington's Disease - now known as the Huntington's Disease Society of America.

Marjorie was at the front lines of genetic research and many of today's leading neurologists credit her as their inspiration for joining the movement into genetic research. They often spoke of her ability to communicate "hope" into what was at the time, a seemingly hopeless endeavor.
In a letter to their unborn child, Woody wrote...
"Do you know what a hoper is? Well, that's what your mama is, a hoper. She has more hopes per square inch than almost anybody else. Hopes about this and hopes about that, hopes about you, about me, about all of the relatives, hopes about lots of people, all people.
I ought to say, she's what's called a planner. I guess she makes more plans in a day than fascism could tear down in a century. I really believe this was what made me like her...Every detail of her life is not only a plan, but it is a dream, and the whole plan of a better world is one that she dreams about always. And she dreams it so plain and so strong that everybody who gets close to her notices it, and picks it up like a radio taking music out of the air."
Marjorie and Woody Guthrie
We loved Marjorie for her hopes and we all have benefited from her plans!

We thank her for all her work founding the Huntington's Disease Society of America and for having the insight to collect and preserve Woody's creative works that now make up the Woody Guthrie Archive.

If you have a memory or story about Marjorie that you would like to share, please visit  www.MarjorieGuthrie.com . The website was created by her granddaughter Anna Canoni who is collecting stories about Marjorie to document her life's work.

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