This woman is someone who I was drawn to because she died on my birthday in 2010. March 21, 2010. She looked like a young Elizabeth Taylor with her jet black hair and thick eyeliner. Definitely someone you would think would be IN FRONT of the camera, not behind it. (Here is a photo of Elizabeth Taylor, uncanny huh?!)
But Margaret Moth was not your usual human being. Everything she did was out of the ordinary. She wore black clothes, head to toe. Her footwear…combat boots. Add thick black eyeliner and jet black hair. She made an impression!! Margaret Moth was quirky but fearless. She was a war zone journalist and camerawoman. She sought out and demanded assignments in conflict zones…who not only only kept the camera rolling while under fire, but zoomed in on the soldier who was shooting at her.
Colleagues learned quickly to appreciate all that this CNN camerawoman was. Beyond her rich personality, which included deep optimism and kindness, she brought to her profession top-notch technical abilities, unmatched dedication and an approach to work that inspired others to push themselves.
Then in Sarajevo in 1992 she was shot in the face, and barely survived. It shattered her jaw, blew out her teeth and destroyed a portion of her tongue. This made her sound like she was forever drunk she said. She suffered through multiple reconstructive surgeries as well as hepatitis C that she contracted from a blood transfusion.
Was she stopped? No, she went back to Sarajevo six months later carrying a camera. She actually joked that perhaps she would find her teeth.
She passed away from colon cancer in 2010 at the young age of 59. "Dying of cancer, I would have liked to think I'd have gone out with a bit more flair," she said with a laugh last spring during an interview with a CNN documentary crew that had traveled to Texas, where she was visiting friends. "The important thing is to know that you've lived your life to the fullest," she said before tubing down a river in Austin, Texas.
This video is 9 minutes long, but boy is it worth it!!
let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray. -Rumi
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