Aida Takla-O’Reilly, two-time president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and its longest-serving member, died Sunday in Los Angeles. She was 90.
Takla-O’Reilly joined the team behind the 1956 Golden Globe Awards and served as president from 1994-96 and 2011-13. Born in Egypt, she has covered the entertainment industry for publications in her home country.
“She is a good listener, never judgmental and always fights for her subordinates. She is fearless and inspires others to be fearless – and to be a leader. She has an intense and profound loyalty to her friends and loved ones,” said HFPA president Helen Hoehne, who was sponsored by Takla-O’Reilly when she applied to join the organization. in a statement.
“I owe Aida a huge debt of gratitude for all her support and love over the years – and HFPA owes a lot by her unwavering defense of the association, our work and members. Finally, she offered advice and shared her wisdom for the future of HFPA. “
Takla-O’Reilly moved to the US as a student and she earned her master’s degree from UCLA. In 1976, she was chosen to chair the department of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, where she taught classes and developed courses in literary studies, journalism, and film.
She was honored with the 2001 Women in Cinema Visionary Award.
Survivors include her daughter, Dominique, and her grandchildren, Mikaela, Taylor, Arianna, Zachary, and Naomi.