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Barbara Frum's daughter pays tribute

The sudden death of Barbara Frum on March 26, 1992 shocked Canadians. The loss of one of the country's most respected broadcasters at the age of 54 reverberated across living rooms of the nation. The courage and tenacity she showed in her very private 18 year battle with leukemia was reflected in her tough, pioneering interview style on CBC Radio's As it Happens and later on CBC Television's The Journal. Whether she was talking to Nelson Mandela, Harold Ballard or the grower of the world's biggest cabbage, Frum's unrelenting curiosity, her fearless search for the truth, and her empathy and humour made her one of Canada's most important broadcasters.

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In 1996, four years after the legendary Barbara Frum's death, her daughter Linda publishes a memoir called Barbara Frum: A Daughter's Memoir.

Sitting in her mother's lush garden in Toronto, Linda pays tribute to the remarkable woman with The Magazine's Hana Gartner.

Linda talks about her mother as the strong, pioneering female journalist who opened doors for women broadcasters.

She also remembers the passionate woman behind the tough veneer.

Linda muses about her mother's flamboyant fashion sense, her deep love of gardening and her enthusiasm for African art.
• Barbara Frum believed Barbie dolls were the "handmaidens of evil" and the "ultimate enemy of womankind." She refused to buy her daughter a Barbie doll. Then one day an As It Happens listener sent Frum an extraordinary collection of hand-made Barbie clothes. Her daughter Linda eventually got her doll.

• The CBC and the University of Toronto, Frum's alma mater, established the Barbara Frum Memorial Award in Canadian Scholarship in 1993. It's awarded each year to a student entering the first year of a graduate program doing research related to Canada.
Medium: Television
Program: The National Magazine
Broadcast Date: Oct. 16, 1996
Guest(s): Linda Frum
Host: Hana Gartner
Duration: 16:25
Clip of Greg Malone and Barbara Frum courtesy of Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television 2002.

Last updated: July 31, 2013

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