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Barbara Myerhoff

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Cause of death  Cancer
Name  Barbara Myerhoff
Role  Anthropologist

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Full Name  Barbara Gay Siegel
Born  February 16, 1935 (1935-02-16) Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation  Anthropologist, filmmaker
Died  January 7, 1985, Burbank, California, United States
Spouse  Lee Myerhoff (m. 1954–1982)
Alma mater  University of California, Los Angeles
Nominations  National Book Award for Philosophy and Religion
Books  Peyote Hunt: The Sacred J, Number Our Days: Culture a, Stories as Equipment for Living, Number Our Days, Remembered lives
Similar People  Sally Falk Moore, Tim Asch, James Horner

Barbara Myerhoff (February 16, 1935 – January 7, 1985) was an American anthropologist and filmmaker, and founder of the Center for Visual Anthropology at the University of Southern California.


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Born in Cleveland Ohio, Myerhoff's work with the Jewish community in Venice, California was documented in the 1976 ethnographic film Number Our Days, directed by Lynne Littman. Number Our Days was published in book form in 1979, and performed as a play at the Mark Taper Forum in 1982.

Her next project, In Her Own Time, was taken over by Lynne Littman and Vikram Jayanti when Myerhoff was diagnosed with cancer. She died in 1985.


  • 1977: Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject for Number Our Days
  • Filmography

  • Number Our Days (1976)
  • In Her Own Time (1986)
  • References

    Barbara Myerhoff Wikipedia