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SHE DIED JUST IN TIME
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Saturday 13 July 2002, 3.30pm - 4.00pm
She Died Just In Time looks at the legacy of the former first lady of Argentina, Eva Peron.

Eva Peron was the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón, who, during her husband's first term as president (1946–52), became a powerful though unofficial political leader, revered by the poorer classes in Argentinian society.

In death some people become more alive than ever. In the 50 years since her death, Eva Peron is one such person. There was never a woman more adored, yet more reviled and also used in the last 50 years, than Eva Peron.

She has continued to grow as an object of fascination, disgust and myth, becoming in turn a political propaganda tool and an icon from the moment she died of cancer aged 33 in 1952. In Argentina's current economic crisis, remarkably, she is still at the forefront of politics in the country.


Bust of Eva Peron and her grand-niece Christina Alvarez Rodriguez


As a result of a series of uncovered evidence, document discoveries, personal stories told for the first time and sheer fantasy, Evita's rest has not been a quiet one.

Joss Ackland, who played Juan Peron in the original stage production of 'Evita', presents a fascinating look at the legacy and current influence of Argentina's most famous woman.



The tomb door of the Duarte family, where Eva is buried today.


This programme contains archive of Evita, and new interviews conducted in Argentina, including Evita's grand-niece, heard for the first time on British radio, senior Peronist politician and friend to Evita, Senator Antonio Cafiero, Ana Macri, Evita's right hand woman and Argentina's first female MP, and Doctor Hipolito Irigoyen, grand-nephew of an Argentine president and an early Evita detractor.


Left picture:Senator Antonio Cafiero in front of plaques.
Right picture: Ernesto Schoo.


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Joss Ackland
Joss Ackland has been working in the theatre since 1945. He was a member of the Old Vic Theatre Co in the 1950's and an associate director of the Mermaid Theatre in the early 1960's.

An actor with great presence and sensitivity, his West End roles include Mitch, in A Streetcar Named Desire and Weller Martin, in The Gin Game. A regular at the National Theatre, he has played Falstaff, in Henry IV pts I and II and John Tarleton in Misalliance.

His film credits include White Mischief and Lethal Weapon 11.

Of course Joss Acklannd's musical credits include portraying Juan Peron in Evita in the origianl production in 1978.

His autobiography I Must Be in There Somewhere was published in1989. Joss Ackland lists his recreations as writing, painting, and his twenty-nine grandchildren.

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