It breaks my heart to write that our close friend and talented producer, Claire Missanelli died on Thursday morning, March 31st, 2011. Claire had been battling breast cancer bravely since 2003. The recent and sudden change took us all by surprise. But her journey was peaceful – no pain, at home surrounded by friends and family. On Thursday April 7th, family members spread Claire’s ashes in Coney Island, a favorite place for Claire.
Condolences to Claire’s family can be sent to her mother, Clara Messanella, 510 Pond Street, Bristol, PA 19007.
A memorial service and celebration of Claire’s life took place on Sunday, May 1st, at Oval Lounge amidst the greenery of Stuyvesant Town, Manhattan. Claire’s memorial was uplifting, despite the sadness of her loss. We were surrounded by family, friends and filmmakers with wonderful tributes to Claire in words, images, and music, including a performance by Claire’s friend and neighbor, recording artist Susan McKeown. Filmmaker Charles Vogl attended the memorial and wrote this heartfelt message about Claire on his blog.
I especially want to thank everyone who contributed financially to Claire’s struggle for survival. You should know that Claire’s family has decided to donate the remainder of the money to You Can Thrive!, a Foundation that supports women with cancer. Claire was on the Board of You Can Thrive! and very active in its mission. So your contributions will allow Claire to continue to help women fighting cancer.
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Claire was a true light in my life – optimistic, bright and positive. She helped keep me going during all the hard work and all-nighters and there was no better person to share the joy of success with. Claire was a gifted filmmaker. She reached audiences of millions globally and she touched her colleagues not only with her heart, but with her wisdom and experience. Claire’s impact on the world has been powerful. I am blessed to be her friend and honored to have shared a legacy of good work with her.
Rina Svet made this Memorial Video of Claire.
Claire’s Photo Gallery (click ESC to exit photo)