Johnson, Osa, 1894-1953

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1894 - 1953

Biographical or Historical Note

Film maker

Osa Leighty Johnson met her future husband at the age of sixteen, married him a month later, and helped him with his tour of his first film, South Sea Island Adventures. After the five African expeditions, the Johnsons made an expedtion to Borneo, 1935-1936, and planned a new lecture tour with their resulting film. Their plane crashed on January 13, 1937, killing Martin Johnson. Osa survived to complete the planned tour in a wheel chair. She later published two books about her life with Martin Johnson, made silent lecture films and narrated a TV series. She died on January 7, 1953


    Library of Congress Name Authority File
    From biographical note for Johnson's archive collection at the AMNH Library, Mss .J63-.J65, written by Ann Herendeen.

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American Museum of Natural History
American Museum of Natural History. Akeley Hall of African Mammals.
With Martin Johnson took photographs which served as reference for habitat groups. Also gifted specimens to the Museum for the Akeley Hall.
Johnson, Martin, 1884-1937

Related Resources

Martin Johnson papers, (bulk 1923-1937)
Repository: AMNH Special Collections, Mss .J63-.J65

Written by: Iris Lee
Last modified: 2018 October 1


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