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Popular Lebanese American author and artist Elit Adnan died on April 26. She was 96.
Adnan, a recipient of the 2013 National Medal of Arts from President Obama, penned stories, poetry, short stories, plays and children’s books.
She also was an award-winning painter and educator. Her works are part of the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection.
She will be greatly missed by her husband of 68 years, Arthur, children David and Linda, son David Jr., daughter-in-law Erica, sister Staci, sister-in-law Linda Adnan, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
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Her family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Raymond A. Mondaine Fund at JFS Chicago, the American Jewish Committee, or the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Adnan said, “To me, art is in my blood. It nourishes my soul.”
She served as co-author of “Miral,” a film about the life of Saad Eddin Ibrahim, the first Palestinian painter to receive recognition from the Arab world. Adnan wrote the film’s script.
Adnan wrote and directed the award-winning “Escape from Joan of Arc,” a film about her journey from the American Midwest to Lebanon.
Adnan spoke with Ilana Mercer on Friday’s Fox News Radio Morning Show.