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Terry Stanfill, born Therese Olivieri in West Haven, Connecticut, is a first generation American of Italian descent. She received a degree in English Literature with a minor in Medieval History from the University of Connecticut.
Terry’s husband, Dennis, was CEO of 20th Century Fox from 1971-1981, Chairman of KCET, a Los Angeles PBS station, in the 1980s, and Co-Chair and Co-CEO of MGM in the 1990s. During this time Terry chaired many charity premieres as well as Life Achievement Awards events for the American Film Institute.
For her efforts in raising funds for the restoration of San Pietro di Castello, the ancient cathedral of Venice, she was decorated by the president of Italy with the Ordine al Merito, Cavaliere della Repubblica Italiana, and more recently as Commendatore. She is currently vice president of Save Venice, Inc, and was a founder of The California Chapter of Save Venice, Inc.
Until joining Christie’s as an International Representative, she served as a director of the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, CA, served as a director of the Los Angeles Music Center Theatre Group and is currently a founding director of the Los Angeles Opera.
Terry Stanfill is an Overseer of The Huntington Library in San Marino, California as well as Reader. Her subject of research, the Normans in Southern Italy and Sicily in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries inspired her to write The Blood Remembers.
Her daughter, Francesca Stanfill Nye, is a novelist and journalist.
Her son, Dennis, is partner and managing director of HBDesign.
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