Katie Lee: the actress who gave up Hollywood to save a canyon

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Katie Lee: the actress who gave up Hollywood to save a canyon

Post by T2 » 30 May 2018, 20:46

I'd never heard of Katie Lee until I was in the states. She was an actress and folk singer who left Hollywood and fell in love with the canyons of the Colorado River. She was known as the "Desert Goddess of Glen Canyon.” When the US Government decided to dam the river, flooding hundreds of side canyons, she was a central figure in the fight.

I've attached a few of the iconic photos from the time, where she'd pose nude in the canyons as a way of drawing attention to the natural places that were going to be lost. She never stopped fighting to have the dam removed and these beautiful natural places restored.

I've been thinking about her a bit recently, given the NSW Government wants to raise Warragamba Dam, flooding thousands of hectares of wilderness. She's definitely a real inspiration for those of us who really love the natural world and want to protect us. Sadly, she died last year, but as you can see in this video she stayed full of fire and passion right to the end!


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Post by marilyn_scott1950 » 31 May 2018, 06:22

Love that first photo of her. She was so fortunate to see the canyons before the dam was built.

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Post by T2 » 31 May 2018, 23:02

Yeah, that photo is magnificent. I'd love to know how she got into the slot. I wonder if she swam the river and then climbed the crack? It really catches the scale of the place.

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Post by Chris Koziarz » 31 May 2018, 23:45

...or someone lowered her from above and took a rope/harness temporarily up for the photo.
Whatever means, the effect is nice.

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Post by T2 » 31 May 2018, 23:49

Chris Koziarz wrote:
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...or someone lowered her from above and took a rope/harness temporarily up for the photo.
It was taken in the '50s, so at best it would have been a hemp rope.

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Re: Katie Lee: the actress who gave up Hollywood to save a canyon

Post by T2 » 05 Jun 2018, 09:01

For anyone who is interested in reading more about Katie Lee, I've just seen this amazing feature article: https://www.outsideonline.com/2301536/katie-lee

The author interviewed Katie just months before her death, so you actually get a real sense of her life and motivations through her own words.

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