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Gillian to appear on BBC Breakfast
Posted at 2:04 PM (PST) on Friday, November 28, 2003

Monday, December 1, is World AIDS Day. Gillian is scheduled to appear (at approximately 08:20) on BBC Breakfast to talk about AIDS.

Breakfast is the BBC's flagship early morning television news programme that's on the air daily from 06:00 to 09:00 on BBC One and BBC News 24.

Message from NF, Inc.
Posted at 1:22 AM (PST) on Thursday, November 27, 2003

Dear friends, fans, and loyal supporters,

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, Neurofibromatosis, Inc. would like to extend a very special Thank You to everyone who helped to make the final Auction a success, and to all those who have participated in NF, Inc. events and activities over the years. By donating, bidding, volunteering, marathoning, partying, caring, and just talking about NF, you have contributed immeasurably to our ongoing mission to raise public awareness and offer support and encouragement to those affected by neurofibromatosis.

Pulsing at the heart of NF, Inc. is a profound sense of community and fellowship. More than anything, it's that rhythm which empowers everything we do. And it's the generosity, dedication, compassion, and energy shared by each and every one of you that has kept � and will keep � that heart beating.

We offer our sincere gratitude and wish you all a safe, healthy, and happy Thanksgiving.


Neurofibromatosis, Inc.

Gillian at Foreign Press Awards
Posted at 12:55 AM (PST) on Thursday, November 27, 2003

Gillian attended the Foreign Press Association Media Awards at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel in London on November 25th. She presented the award for Radio Story of the Year to Kylie Morris of the BBC World Service.

Click here to view pictures from the event, courtesy of Carole.

Buskaid Article (NY Times)
Posted at 11:29 PM (PST) on Monday, November 24, 2003

From the New York Times (Nov. 22):
Helping Soweto Youths Make the Music of Their Lives
By Otto Pohl

SOWETO, South Africa � Although the immediacy has dulled after 10 years of working in this South African township, there are little moments when Rosemary Nalden is reminded of the desperation around her.

"I saw a student of mine eating a lemon I had picked earlier in my garden," she recalled in a recent interview. "I said, 'Why are you doing that?' 'Because I'm hungry,' he said."

She paused. "You forget."

Ms. Nalden, a 59-year-old transplanted musician from Britain, has had enormous success providing opportunity in her adopted home, but those around her still learn the hard lessons of life in Soweto. When the world gives you lemons, eat them.

Ms. Nalden founded and directs the Buskaid Soweto String Project, an ensemble of string players made up exclusively of young men and women from the township. Although few of them played an instrument before they joined, Ms. Nalden has built and trained the group to where they now play sold-out concerts in South Africa and around the world.

Read the entire article

Gillian Anderson 2004 Calendar Fundraiser Update
Posted at 11:12 PM (PST) on Monday, November 24, 2003

A professional printing company has offered to sponsor this fundraiser by donating the printing costs. If the courier cost is also covered (still pending), �10 from every calendar sold will go directly to Buskaid.

This is a limited edition. Only 300 calendars will be printed.

Buskaid Soweto String Project CDs are also being offered for sale in conjunction with the purchase of the calendars.

For all the updates, click here.

And for all the information on this fundraiser, click here.

Gillian at "Bond Girls" Book Launch
Posted at 12:50 AM (PST) on Thursday, November 20, 2003

Gillian attended the "Bond Girls Are Forever" book launch at Osla Restaurant in London on November 18th.

Bond Girls Are Forever
by Maryam d'Abo (Author), John Cork

Teeming with anecdote, first-person testimony, intelligent commentary, and a wealth of visual material, from film stills to memorabilia, Bond Girls Are Forever explores the mystery and mystique behind the Bond women as heroes and villains, as actors and characters, as love objects and mother figures, as steely bureaucrats and trained killers.

More at

World AIDS Day Concert
Posted at 2:03 PM (PST) on Tuesday, November 18, 2003

This year, ACTSA is the London Gay Symphony Orchestra's designated charity for their World AIDS Day concert on 30 November, 7pm at St John's, Waterloo, London. The orchestra will be playing Brahms' Tragic Overture, Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.6.

For more information, visit the ACTSA and LGSO websites.

Sunday Times & BBC Transcripts
Posted at 2:07 PM (PST) on Monday, November 17, 2003

From the Sunday Times (Nov. 16th):
A Pad With the X Factor

John Elliott takes a tour of Gillian Anderson�s home in Notting Hill and discovers that the star of The X Files used striking colours and artworks to create a bohemian haven.

Click here to read the entire article.

Thanks, GAuk!

Also, a transcript of Gillian's participation in BBC's Talking Point programme is available here.

Videos and full transcripts of both hours of the programme are available at BBC News Online.

"An Enchanted Evening" on DVD
Posted at 1:54 PM (PST) on Monday, November 17, 2003


"An Enchanted Evening" Richard Rogers Tribute is available to purchase on DVD today at, and tomorrow at

Gillian hosted this event in May 2002.

Click here to pre-order a copy from

Click here to order a copy from

Gillian on BBC's Talking Point
Posted at 6:43 AM (PST) on Saturday, November 15, 2003

From BBC News, UK Edition:

Ask the head of UNAids

As part of a BBC season on Aids, put your questions to our panel of experts in a special two-hour edition of Talking Point, our worldwide phone-in programme, on Sunday 16 November:

Peter Piot, head of UNAids:
Peter Piot has served as Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAids) and Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations since 1994.

Carol Bellamy, head of Unicef:
Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) since 1995, Carol Bellamy has called the HIV epidemic "the world's most terrible undeclared war" and has highlighted the plight of Aids orphans.

Gillian Anderson, actress and Aids campaigner:
Film, television and stage actress Gillian Anderson is a campaigner with aid organisation Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA), which works with and raises funds for people living with HIV/Aids.

The programme will be broadcast LIVE on Sunday, 16 November from 1300 to 1500 GMT. You can tune in from this page or on BBC World Service Radio. You can also watch the second hour of the programme on BBC World TV from 1400 GMT.

For information on how to participate in this programme, click here.

Interview, The Herald (UK)
Posted at 6:26 AM (PST) on Friday, November 14, 2003

'Aids is not a fashionable cause any more'
By Mark Smith
The Herald

For a long time - almost 10 years, in fact - Gillian Anderson searched for a truth we were told was out there. As Dana Scully in the paranoid fantasy series The X-Files, she looked for it among plagues of grasshoppers, shapeshifting aliens, and cigarette-smoking men. She has been looking for truth in real life, too, and she found it when she was least expecting to.

Travelling through South Africa in May last year, Anderson visited Soweto, the township where Aids demands a daily sacrifice. There she met a boy who was living in unbelievable poverty. Every day, despite the appalling conditions, he would get up, go to school, and practise on the violin for hours and hours. There was a joy in his music, even if there wasn't anywhere else, and in subtle ways the boy began to change the landscape for himself and his famous visitor.

Keep reading...

Message from Gillian
Posted at 4:34 AM (PST) on Thursday, November 13, 2003

Okay, so it is two thirty in the morning and I am wide awake because I have delayed jet lag and I am just bouncing off the walls.

I have to apologize upfront that I am not, as usual, going to answer any of the questions although I do appreciate them immensely and it does not mean that I want you to stop asking them. I am just too much of a control freak.

I am in the new house and loving it and loving London and there's a lot going on and I am very happy and did I say I was bouncing off the walls?

I do not really have that much to say except that perhaps everyone who reads this could spare a few more minutes of their time and visit an AIDS related website to fill themselves in a bit more about what's going on with AIDS in Africa at the moment cause it's a real real problem right now and everyone and their cat should know the seriousness of the catastrophe. Oh my God, no pun intended.

And that's about the extent of it from this corner of the world.

Hope each and every one of you is feeling as invigorated and full of life as I am, and if you are not, you will again.


Gillian's New CD & Book Recs
Posted at 4:08 PM (PST) on Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Here are Gillian's latest CD and book recommendations. Don't forget that when you order copies through our links, a percentage will benefit NF, Inc..

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Sarah McLachlan

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Talk to Her [Soundtrack]

Alberto Iglesias

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American Life


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Life for Rent


The Zanzibar Chest:
A Story of Life, Love, and Death
in Foreign Lands

by Aidan Hartley

Using instead of Click here to shop using our link (search for the above products).

Gillian at ACTSA's Annual Conference
Posted at 6:57 AM (PST) on Tuesday, November 11, 2003

From Action for South Africa (ACTSA):

Photo by Simon Williams

"AIDS in Africa - Fighting Western Apathy"

250 activists, trade unionists, students and NGO representatives gathered in London on 8 November to discuss ways to scale up the international response to Africa's HIV/AIDS pandemic, which currently claims 5 lives per minute.

Click here to read Gillian's speech.

For more information and other keynote speeches, click here.

When I Was A Girl in Paperback
Posted at 10:05 AM (PST) on Tuesday, November 4, 2003

From Star Tribune:

Paperbacks: Women between the lines

"In When I Was a Girl, editor Alison Pollet collects the favorite memories of more than 30 extraordinary women about such things as first friendships, school, favorite outfits, dating, and dreams. Among the entries are those from Melanie Griffith, Anna Quindlen, Sally Ride, Gladys Knight, Gillian Anderson and Ellen DeGeneres. The book is based on the WE: Women's Entertainment television series. Linda Ellerbee, the producer of the series, provides an introduction."

A portion of the book's proceeds will be donated to Girls Inc.

Available Now: The X-Files Complete Eighth Season
Posted at 5:37 AM (PST) on Tuesday, November 4, 2003

Aliens on Earth: The 2000-2001 season of The X-Files, controversial even among the show's rabid fans, boasts the last on-screen meeting of David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.

"This was a very touching moment, one I'll never forget," says Kim Manners, who directed the season's last episode, Existence, in which Mulder (Duchovny) comes to see and hold the baby Scully (Anderson) had. "This was David and Gillian's last scene together and we shot it on the last day of the picture," Manners says in the commentary on the new DVD, The X-Files: The Complete Eighth Season, being released today.

"As they come together to kiss," Manners says, "you'll see the camera pull out of the door and that was the last shot of David and Gillian together. We wrapped and David and Gillian stood in that room together alone and held each other for a good five minutes. They didn't talk. They didn't move. They just held each other, tears running down their faces." -- Toronto Sun: Showbiz

For a detailed review of the DVD, click here.

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