Marianne Preger-Simon, born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1929, was a founding member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, with which she danced between 1950 and 1958. During those years, she taught dance, drama, and world literature at the New Lincoln School in Manhattan. After leaving the stage to start a family, she received her Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, led workshops in the United States and Canada in Values Clarification and Mother/ Daughter Relationships, and has practiced psychotherapy for forty years. Married twice, she has birthed two children and was blessed with four more through marriage. Her life is now replete with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a large, lively, loving family.