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Jill Johnston, Ingrid Nyeboe & Louise Fishman

Jill Johnston (May 17, 1929 – September 18, 2010) was an American feminist author and cultural critic who wrote Lesbian Nation in 1973 and was a longtime writer for The Village Voice. She was also a leader of the lesbian separatist movement of the 1970s. Johnston also wrote under the pen name F. J. Crowe.

Born as Jill Crowe in London, England in 1929, the only child of Olive Marjorie Crowe (born 1901), an American nurse, and Cyril F. Johnston (1884-1950), a British bellfounder and clockmaker whose family firm, Gillett & Johnston, created the carillon of Riverside Church in New York City. Her parents, who never married, separated when their daughter was an infant, and Johnston's mother took her to Little Neck, Long Island, New York, where she was raised.

After attending college in Massachusetts and Minnesota, Johnston received an M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina.

In 1958 Johnston married Richard John Lanham, whom she divorced in 1964. They had two children, a son, Richard Renault Lanham, and a daughter, Winifred Brook Lanham.

In 1993, in Odense, Denmark, she married Ingrid Nyeboe. The couple married again, in Connecticut, in 2009. After being widowed in 2010, Ingrid Nyeboe married Louise Fishman, on June 22, 2012.


Louise Fishman & Ingrid Nyeboe (Photo: Dixie Sheridan, Copyright 2012 The New York Times Company)
Jill Johnston (1929 – 2010) was an American feminist author and cultural critic who wrote Lesbian Nation in 1973 and was a longtime writer for The Village Voice. In 1993, in Odense, Denmark, she married Ingrid Nyeboe. The couple married again, in Connecticut, in 2009. After being widowed in 2010, Ingrid Nyeboe married Louise Fishman, on June 22, 2012. Johnston was described by one critic as "part Gertrude Stein, part E. E. Cummings, with a dash of Jack Kerouac thrown for good measure,"


For many years beginning in 1959 and during the 1960s, Johnston was the dance critic for The Village Voice, the weekly downtown newspaper for New York City. She was friendly with many performers, performance artists, composers, poets and artists in New York City especially during the 1960s and 1970s. During the late 1960s Deborah Jowitt joined the paper and wrote a regular dance column, while Johnston's dance column became a kind of weekly diary, chronicling her adventures in the New York art world.

Johnston was a member of a 1971 New York City panel produced by Shirley Broughton as part of the "Theater for Ideas" series. The event was a vigorous debate on feminism with Norman Mailer, author; Germaine Greer, author; Diana Trilling, literary critic; and Jacqueline Ceballos, National Organization for Women president. The event was a showdown of intellect and personality. While Johnston read a poem culminating in on-stage lesbian sex (fully dressed) followed by a quick exit, Greer and Mailer continued to exchange verbal blows with each other and the audience for the rest of the 3½ hour event.

As this incident illustrates, Johnston's self-described "east west flower child beat hip psychedelic paradise now love peace do your own thing approach to the revolution" often confounded her feminist allies as much as it did the conservative foes of gay and lesbian liberation. In 1973, she predicted "an end to the catastrophic brotherhood and a return to the former glory and wise equanimity of the matriarchies." As recorded in Lesbian Nation, Johnston often was at the center of controversies within the feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

Johnston's career as a dance critic was hampered by the controversy that attended the publication of Lesbian Nation and the publicity engendered by her dramatic style of lesbian feminist activism. She remained with The Village Voice until 1981 and subsequently wrote freelance art and literary criticism. Along with the political memoirs, Lesbian Nation and Gullible's Travels, Johnston published an anthology of dance criticism entitled Marmalade Me as well as the autobiographies Mother Bound and Paper Daughter.

Described by one critic as "part Gertrude Stein, part E. E. Cummings, with a dash of Jack Kerouac thrown for good measure," Johnston's freeform, fluid writing style of the 1970s matched the colorful nature of the tales recounted in her books Lesbian Nation and Gullible's Travels. Her later work as a literary and art critic for Art in America and the New York Times Review of Books is more standard in tone and content. Early writing not collected in other volumes can be found in Admission Accomplished while the critical biography Jasper Johns represents an example of her later style.

Louise Fishman (b. 1939) is a painter who is represented by the Cheim & Read Gallery in New York. She graduated from Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in painting and printmaking and a bachelor’s in art education. She received a master’s in painting and printmaking from the University of Illinois. Her work is represented in the collections of the Chicago Art Institute, the Fogg Museum in Cambridge, Mass., and in the Jewish Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

She is the daughter of Gertrude Fisher-Fishman of Coconut Creek, Fla., and the late Edward Fishman. Her father was a partner in the accounting firm of Touche Ross & Company in Philadelphia. Her mother is also a painter, and her work is to be shown in October at the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia, in an exhibition that also includes works by Ms. Fishman and that of the late Razel Kapustin, a paternal aunt of Ms. Fishman.

Ingrid Nyeboe (b. 1946) is a graphic designer in New York and also manages the archives of Jill Johnston. She graduated from Rungsted College in Denmark and received a doctoral degree in theater history and dramaturgy from the University of Copenhagen.

She is the daughter of the late Kirsten Nyeboe and the late Jorgen Nyeboe, who lived Nakskov, Denmark. Her father was the president of the Technical College in Nakskov.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jill_Johnston & http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/24/fashion/weddings/louise-fishman-ingrid-nyeboe-weddings.html?_r=0

Further Readings:

Admission Accomplished : The Lesbian Nation Years, 1970-75 (High Risk Books) by Jill Johnston
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Serpent's Tail (April 1, 1998)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1852424508
ISBN-13: 978-1852424503
Amazon: Admission Accomplished : The Lesbian Nation Years, 1970-75

These essays, many of which appeared in the author's books "Lesbian Nation" and "Gullibles Travels", break with convention and tackle social issues still relevant today: coming out and "outing" public icons; gay marriage and monogamy; solidarity and betrayal between gay men and lesbians, and between straight feminists and lesbians; the men's movement; and misogyny.

More Particular Voices at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Particular Voices

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http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Real Life Romance


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