May 2008 – Bea Free, Venice Feminist, Has Died

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By Cara Adams

Bea Free, as she named herself, was a true Venice legend.

The city of Venice has lost a true pioneer. 

1966 was the year Bea first set foot into the community full of activists, artists, political advocates, and people trying to change the world. Her friends and passions were many. 

Along with food, architecture, Paris, music, art, wine and spirits, Bea’s main focus was civil, pet and human rights, especially for cats and women. With her input, the city and surrounding communities were changed forever. 

Her many credits include the Canal Eating Collective which explored the art of food and its presentation, The Westside Women’s Center as well as the Janice Yudell’s Feminist Women’s Film Collective of 1973-1977. 

She is survived by her family and her beloved cat Lolita. While she may be gone in body, the spirit of “Bea Free” will live on in all of us who knew her and loved her.

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