We learned that Doris “Granny D” Haddock, a well-known New England political activist, has passed away at the age of 100. Granny D was best known for walking across the country at 90 years old to support campaign finance reform and for her US Senate run against Judd Gregg in 2004. That Senate race was captured in the spirited, engaging documentary Run Granny Run, directed by Marlo Poras (a past MCC Film & Video Fellow).
Those who have seen the documentary or otherwise experienced Granny D won’t be surprised to learn her long, fruitful life also bustled with artistic aspirations. As a young woman, she went to Emerson College and hoped to be an actress.
She described her theatrical experiences in a WMUR story:
“I set up a one-man show and went around to the various small villages in New England and did a stand-up show,” she said. “My word, I haven’t told anyone about that in years.”
It’s always fascinating to see the way creative energies manifest in the lives of creative people – artists, activists, or otherwise. Rest in peace.
Read more about her on the Run Granny Run webpage.