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Adelaide Bry (Friedman)

Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Death: August 02, 1983 (62)
San Diego, San Diego County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Adolph Friedman and Elsie M Mihalovitch
Ex-wife of Private
Mother of Barbara Bry and Douglas Bry
Sister of Betty Friedman and Private

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About Adelaide Bry

My mother’s best lesson

by Barbara Bry - SDNN

Nude marathon therapy. EST. Psychoanalysis. Gestalt therapy. Group therapy. LSD. Encounter group therapy.

My mother - Adelaide Bry - tried them all and wrote about her experiences. If she were alive today, she would be 89 years old. Sadly, she died in 1983, and my major regret is that she never got to see her granddaughters (now 25 and 28) grow up, and they never got to know this extraordinary (and sometimes difficult) pioneering woman. Think Auntie Mame on steroids, and you would have Adelaide— a fiercely energetic, audaciously passionate, intellectually engaged woman who continually re-invented herself in her effort to live life to the fullest at a time when women faced major hurdles and discrimination.

During World War II, she was an editor of an aviation magazine that told her to write under the name “A.J. Bry” so no one would know that she was a woman. After she and my father were divorced in 1964, she bought a house for $22,000 and had to get a male friend to co-sign on the mortgage, even though she was earning $15,000 a year—more than enough to afford the mortgage payment. In the era of the TV show Mad Men, she was the first woman vice president at a large Philadelphia advertising agency where she was paid less than her male counterparts, and there was nothing that she could do about it.

In her 40s, she re-invented herself again. She went back to college to get a master's degree in psychology and then became a psychotherapist and author. Before her death in 1983, she wrote more than 10 books including “The Sexually Aggressive Woman” (guys wanted to meet me after hearing that!), “Directing the Movies of Your Mind: Visualization for Health and Insight” (one of the first popular books about the mind-body relationship), and “EST: 60 Hours that Transform Your Life.”

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Adelaide Bry's Timeline

November 6, 1920
New York, New York, United States
August 2, 1983
Age 62
San Diego, San Diego County, California, United States