1983 – Canoga Park and Palm Springs, California
Born in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, Marion Irvine Lederer attended the University of Toronto and U.C.L.A. She is married to actor-director Francis Lederer. Together they have served as ambassadors for UNICEF, represented the U.S. Department of State in Czechoslovakia and founded the Canoga Park-Taxco, Mexico Sister City Program. Since founding the Sister City Program, Mrs. Lederer has served on its board of directors and been instrumental in its many years of success. This outstanding program of community and cultural affiliation has received national and international awards. Mrs. Lederer is the co-owner and cultural administrator of the Canoga Mission Gallery, a nonprofit art and cultural center (declared a Cultural Heritage Monument) which was designed and built by her husband on their estate. She received the first Errol Newton Memorial Award for the cause of international understanding, the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Award for outstanding volunteer service, the Board of Trustees of the Motion Picture and Television Fund award for dedicated service and other public service awards. Mrs. Lederer was Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the City of Los Angeles (1980-1985), a founding member of the American National Theatre and Academy and a member of the executive board of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Motion Picture and Television Fund and is a long time Northwood friend. She is an associate of the Braille Institute Desert Center and listed in Who’s Who in America.