As the only child of a renowned Russian Jewish pianist, Gordon grew up in the cosmopolitan world of the concert tour, then--fleeing her home in Vienna with the onset of Nazism--settled with her parents in Japan of the 1930s. She worked in General MacArthur's headquarters; helped draft the women's rights section in Japan's new Constitution; and later carved out a career bringing to America some of the more exotic performing arts of Asia. 36 photos.
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Beate Sirota Gordon was born in Vienna in 1923, the daughter of Leo Sirota, the piano virtuoso, and Augustine Horenstein. She now lives in New York City and Amagansett.
In recognition of her cross-cultural achievements, she received the 1997 Avon Grand Award to Women.
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