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Stella’s Legacy

The odyssey of one adoptee serves as a healing lesson for others

by Naomi Pfefferman

August 12, 1999 | 8:00 pm

The year before Stella Adler died, in 1992, in the days when the indomitable coach taught acting from her wheelchair, fire ravaged the Stella Adler Academy at Argyle Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard. Amid the flames and smoke, Adler's closest friend and colleague, Irene Gilbert, raced through the building to save vintage photographs of Adler and her theatrical family.
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