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From a Journey for Peace to the Bright Lights of Hollywood


Susan Hopkins
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Samantha Reed Smith: child actress/child peace activist


I just want to remember a girl who wrote to an "Evil Empire" and made a journey for peace. She became a bit of a celebrity but she kept her feet on the ground. A little girl from Maine led America on a tour of the Soviet Union. She was urbane. charming and cosmopolitan. Just what was needed in the "Second Cold War" of the early eighties.

She "went Hollywood" in the last year of her life, hosting a child-aimed special for Disney on the U.S. 1984 presidential election (despite what people today say when talking about her, in the special she says the job of U.S. president is not one she'd like to have).
 
She was cast in the ABC series "Lime Street". Here from the Samantha Smith Official Site you tube channel (so they got permission) is a clip from "Lime Street". Regarding that blue satin dress she's wearing towards the end of the clip: my niece asked "How could she move her torso in that thing?"
 
 
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