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Published on Dec 15, 2013
Will Thomas and Ed Hudgins discuss highlights of Barbara Branden's life as well as personal recollections about this fascinating woman.
Author and speaker Barbara Branden died in Los Angeles last week, December 11, 2013, at the age of 84. The Atlas Society will be publishing a detailed obituary shortly.
Branden was a writer, lecturer, and author of the best-selling biography The Passion of Ayn Rand (Doubleday, 1986).The book formed the basis for the Emmy-award winning 1999 movie of the same name, starring Helen Mirren as Ayn Rand.
An M.A. in philosophy (New York University), Branden was for eighteen years a close associate of Ayn Rand, the managing editor of The Objectivist Newsletter and The Objectivist, and executive vice-president of the Nathaniel Branden Institute in New York, where she wrote and lectured on the philosophy of Objectivism. Her "Principles of Efficient Thinking" lecture series is still distributed today.