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As one of the first black daytime soap opera heroines on American television and now as an “Age Anarchist” Mariann Aalda has always been clear on living her dream and purpose.

In this inspiring interview, Mariann shares how she brought her childhood dream of acting to reality.  Of the many credits to her name, she starred as criminal attorney DiDi Bannister on ABC's Edge of Night and co-starred opposite O.J. Simpson as his wife, Ellen, on HBO’s First & 10.

Mariann’s first-hand experience of ageism – when Hollywood stopped calling her in her 50s – galvanised her into the action of a different kind. She now uses her creative talents as a stand-up comedian and an ageism activist determined to snap women out of the trance that women lose their value as they get older.

Mariann is 72 years young and still going strong with incredible vitality and energy. She is an absolute joy. This interview is for anyone contemplating how to grow older joyfully and with grace.

 

 

 

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