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Co-author, Villard: The Life and Times of an American Titan
Photographer, work appeared on foreign and domestic magazines, etc.
BA, Political Science, Sarah Lawrence College
CBN.com Alexandra was born in Washington, D.C. the daughter of former U.S. Ambassador Henry Villard. She spent most of her formative years living abroad in such countries as Norway, Libya, Switzerland and Senegal. She met her husband, internationally renowned journalist Arnaud de Borchgrave, in Paris. She traveled extensively as a photographer. Her portraits of President George Bush, the late King Hussein, Dr. Henry Kissinger, etc., have hung in government offices around the world.
Her book, Healing Light: 30 Messages of Love, Hope and Courage, is a collection of her inspirational poetry. On the second anniversary of 9/11, Alexandra watched all the children whose parents were killed in the terrorist attacks call out their names at the memorial ceremony in New York City. Alexandra found solace in writing down her thoughts, which flowed out of her in rhyme, at all hours of the day and night. After a month, she had written a book of prayers in the form of poems. One day a friend came for tea and when Alexandra showed her the poems, her friend said, “These prayers are not just for children, they are for all of us.” The book was published on 9/11/05 and can be utilized by anyone experiencing tragedy in life. The Lower Manhatten Development Corporation has ordered 4,000 copies to give to the children whose parents were killed on 911/01. In an attempt to create a book that would be widely inspirational, Alexandra chose Indian Mughal paintings (acknowledged as some of the finest artworks from Asia). The book also has a dedicated section especially intended to help children cope.
An avid supporter of the Arts, Alexandra has chaired events for such organizations as the American Ballet Theater and Arts for the Aging. She has also served on a number of committees for the Washington Opera, the Washington Ballet and Meridian House. Alexandra was recently seen on C-SPAN and has also spoken at venues such as The New York Historical Society, the New York National Arts Club, the Washington Literacy Council, etc.
Her last book, Villard: The Life and Times of an American Titan, was about the life of her great-grandfather who, as a recently arrived immigrant from Germany, became a famous war correspondent in the civil war and a friend of Lincoln and then launched a business career. He funded all of Thomas Edison’s early experiements, became the first president of GE, and built the Northern Pacific Railroad.
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