Lecturer of the Year

From Finland to Stardom – LOY 2015

Taina Hollywood.12931245_10153791113512740_5099384370622400123_nAn Afternoon with Taina Elg

Taina Elg, Finlandia Foundation Lecturer of the Year, wrapped up her role as LOY in a manner suitable to Finland’s most successful actress with a Hollywood-themed cocktail party hosted by Finlandia Foundation Los Angeles Chapter at the California home where Finlandia Foundation was founded in 1953.  
As LOY the two-time Golden Globe winner (right), who performed with stars such as Gene Kelly and Mitzi Gaynor, has shared stories from her multi-faceted career with audiences across the U.S. Taina glam
The event was held on Sunday, May 22, at the Fenyes Mansion in Pasadena, where she had been the guest of George and Leonora Paloheimo. 
During the event Elg formally donated her Finnish National Costume to the Finnish Folk Art Museum located on the mansion grounds. 
Proceeds will go toward FF Los Angeles Chapter Finland 100 centennial celebrations in 2017.
For information about the Fenyes Mansion, which is open for tours as a part of the Pasadena Museum of History:  





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.

Taina Elg, Finnish-American star of stage and screen
Taina Elg, Finnish-American star of stage and screen

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.

Heli Sirviö
Heli Sirviö, an accomplished actress from Finland, now lives and works on stage in New York City


Taina, an enchanting Hollywood starlet
Taina, an enchanting Hollywood starlet




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