Joan Chandos Baez (Bridge) (1913 - 2013)

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Birthplace: Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, UK
Death: Died in Woodside, San Mateo, California, United States
Managed by: Grant Brunner
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About Joan Chandos Baez (Bridge)

Joan Bridge was born April 11, 1913, in Edinburgh, Scotland, the second daughter of an Episcopal minister. The family moved to Canada when she was a child, and continued moving throughout the United States. Joan met Albert Baez at a dance at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Their first daughter, Pauline, was born in New Jersey, their second, Joan, on Staten Island in New York City, and their third, Mimi, in Palo Alto, California.

When their daughter Joan became famous, Mrs. Baez referred to herself as Big Joan to avoid confusion. Big Joan, however, managed to make the news in her own right: in 1967 she was arrested for attempting to block entrance to the Oakland Army Induction Center in an effort to protest the draft and the Vietnam War. Big Joan and Albert separated in 1977, and in the 1980s Big Joan began writing a series of short books about her varied experiences, including her humanitarian efforts and anti-war activism.

Her books are:

  • One Bowl of Porridge: Memoirs of Somalia. John Daniel & Co., 1986.
  • A Year in Baghdad. (Co-written with Albert Baez) John Daniel & Co., 1988.
  • Inside Santa Rita: The Prison Memoir of a War Protester. John Daniel & Co., 1994.
  • My Childhood: As I Remember It. Terrace Press, Palo Alto, 1996.
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Joan Chandos Baez's Timeline

April 11, 1913
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, UK
January 9, 1941
Age 27
Staten Island, NY, USA
April 30, 1945
Age 32
April 20, 2013
Age 100
Woodside, San Mateo, California, United States