- Barbara Olson
name = Barbara Olson
birth_name = Barbara Kay Bracher
December 27, 1955
September 11, 2001
death_place = Arlington,
death_cause = plane hijacking
known_for = FOX News and CNN commentator
footnotes = Barbara Olson (
December 27, 1955– September 11, 2001) was a conservative American televisioncommentator who worked for Fox News Channel, CNNand several other outlets. She was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 77en route to a taping of the television show " Politically Incorrect" when it was flown into the Pentagonin the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Olson was born Barbara Kay Bracher in
Houston, Texas. (Her older sister, Toni Bracher-Lawrence, has been a member of the Houston City Council since 2004.) She graduated from Waltrip High School[" [http://hs.houstonisd.org/WaltripHS/TriviaFolder/trivia.htm Waltrip Trivia Page] ," " Waltrip High School"] and earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Saint Thomas in Houston.
Olson became a professional dancer, performing with the
San Francisco Balletand the Harkness Balletin New York City. She switched careers and went to Hollywoodto work as an assistant producer for television and movies.
As a newcomer, she achieved a surprising measure of success, working for
HBOand Stacey Keach Productions. She earned a Juris Doctordegree from Yeshiva University's Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. In the early 1990s, she worked as an associate at the Washington, D.C.-based law firm of Wilmer Cutler & Pickeringwhere she did civil litigation for several years before becoming an assistant U.S. attorney. In 1994, she left to work for the United States House of Representatives, becoming chief investigative counsel for the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee. In that position, she led the Travelgateand Filegateinvestigations into the Clinton administration. She co-founded the Independent Women's Forumwith Rosalie Silberman. [ [http://www.iwf.org/articles/article_detail.asp?ArticleID=372 "Remembering IWF Founder Barbara Olson"] , Rosalie Silberman, Independent Women's Forum, December 1, 2001] She was later a partner in the Washington, D.C.office of the Alabama law firm Balch & Bingham.
Theodore Olsonin 1996.
She was a frequent critic of the Bill Clinton administration and wrote a book about First Lady
Hillary Clinton, "Hell to Pay: The Unfolding Story of Hillary Rodham Clinton" (1999). Olson was working on her second book, "The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House" (published October 2001) at the time of her death. She was a resident of Great Falls, Virginia.
Olson was a passenger on
American Airlines Flight 77on her way to a taping of " Politically Incorrect" in Los Angeles, when it was flown into the Pentagonin the September 11, 2001 attacks. "Politically Incorrect" host Bill Maherleft a panel seat vacant for a week following her death. During the duration of the flight, she called husband Ted Olsenwho informed her of the crashes in New York.
Federalist Societyhas established the Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lectures, "an annual lecture on limited government and the spirit of freedom", [ [http://www.fed-soc.org/resources/id.62/default.asp Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture] , Federalist Societywebsite] held every November. The first lecture was a eulogy for her by her husband. [ [http://www.fed-soc.org/resources/id.63/default.asp First Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture] , Theodore Olson, November 16, 2001] Subsequent speakers have included Supreme CourtJustice Antonin Scalia, Vice President Dick Cheney, [ [http://www.fed-soc.org/resources/id.64/default.asp Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture — Past Lecturers] , Federalist Societywebsite] and Chief Justice John G. Roberts.
*"Hell to Pay: The Unfolding Story of Hillary Rodham Clinton" (November 1999; ISBN 0895262746)
*"The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House" (October 2001; ISBN 0895261677)
* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6048175&ptBarbara%20Olson Barbara Olson] at findagrave.com
* [http://archives.cnn.com/2001/US/09/11/pentagon.olson/ Wife of Solicitor General alerted him of hijacking from plane]
* [http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A37063-2001Sep15¬Found=true Barbara Olson Mourned at Arlington Service]
* [http://cf.newsday.com/911/victimsearch.cfm?id=65 Barbara Olson: A Sparkling Celebrity 'Full of Energy'] Newsday.com-Victims Search
* [http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3827/is_200109/ai_n8954773 Barbara Olson, RIP] Memorial essay by Alfred S. Regnery, president of Regnery Publishing
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