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Abigail E. Disney
Known For: Filmmaker and philanthropist
Country: United States
Abigail E. Disney is a filmmaker and philanthropist. Her first film, a feature-length documentary called Pray the Devil Back to Hell tells the inspirational story of the women of Liberia and their efforts to bring peace to their broken nation after decades of destructive civil war. It won the 2008 Tribeca Best Documentary award and is currently playing in theaters. Ms. Disney is also involved in producing a number of other documentaries with social themes, and is developing a four-hour project for WNET/Wide Angle called Women, War & Peace.
Along with her husband, Pierre Hauser, Ms. Disney is also co-Founder and co-President of the Daphne Foundation, a progressive, social change foundation that makes grants to grassroots, community-based organizations working with low-income communities in New York City. Since 1991, the Daphne Foundation has made millions of dollars in grants in areas ranging from women’s rights to AIDS advocacy, children’s health, labor conditions, incarceration and community organizing.
Over the years Ms. Disney has played a critical role in a number of different social and political organizations. She recently retired as Chair of The New York Women’s Foundation, of which she was a board member for over 14 years. She currently serves on the boards of the Roy Disney Family Foundation, the White House Project, the Global Fund for Women, and the Fund for the City of New York, as well as the advisory boards of a broad range of organizations working in the areas of poverty, women’s issues, education and environment.
Ms. Disney received her bachelor’s degree from Yale University, her master’s degree from Stanford University, and her Doctorate from Columbia University. She lives in New York with her husband and their four children, one dog, three cats, a fish, a rabbit and an immortal turtle named Alfred.