From Finland to Stardom – LOY 2015
Since 2006 the Finlandia Foundation National (FFN) has hosted a Lecturer of the Year program to encourage sharing of aspects of Finnish and Finnish-American history, culture and life.
The Lecturer of the Year for 2015 was multi-talented performer Taina Elg, who began her career as a ballerina in Finland and found fame in Hollywood and on Broadway.
In her LOY presentation Elg, who won two Golden Globes, including one for her role in the 1957 film Les Girls starring Gene Kelly, told her story in an intimate interview format conducted by Heli Sirviö, a Finnish television and stage actress now working in New York City.
In addition to her work in the movies, Elg has appeared on popular television shows and earned a Tony nomination for her work in Where’s Charley?, one of her many theatrical performances.
Her program, “From Finland to Stardom: An Evening with Taina Elg,” delighted audiences with memories and experiences on stage and screen. Through anecdotes and film clips Elg offered a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life as a young star at MGM Studios and life in Hollywood. She spoke candidly of her experiences and her view of the film industry today.
For more information about Taina Elg and Heli Sirviö see the brochure about the LOY program, below.
Click on the image below to download a PDF of the Lecturer of the Year brochure:
Taina Elg and Heli Sirviö Lecturer of the Year appearances:
September – Finlandia University, Hancock, Michigan
October – Finlandia Foundation Boston, Newton, Massachusetts
November – Finlandia Foundation New York Metropolitan, New York City
December – Finnish Center Association, Farmington Hills, Michigan
May – Fenyes-Paloheimo Mansion, Pasadena, California