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Ageless: Cathy O. Friedman


Let’s challenge the concept that beauty and self expression are reserved for the young. Let’s tell the story of brave, bright colors and over the top elegance. Silver hair, well-earned wrinkles and fabulous fashion. Women who embody that particular brand of gorgeous that only comes with the years passing.

Photos by Graham Yelton

Cathy O. Friedman

“I am retired from City Paper Company and rolled off many of my civic boards to make room for the younger community members that I hope will enjoy our wonderful non-profit community as much as I have.  I try to stay connected and support; the YWCA, McWane Center, O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center, Minority Health and Health Disparties Research Center, Breast Cancer Research Foundation all at UAB, The Birmingham Pledge Foundation, Temple Emanu-El and the Jewish Community.

“My main interest is,of course, my family. Julie and Jeff live in Atlanta and have 3 daughters 14, 15, 18, and our 3 bonus grandchildren 13, 14, 14. Kate and Josh lives here with Elle 8, and Chandler is 5. I miss being with our family except for short visits.

“I am very involved the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center, and thrilled that in a few months we will have a wonderful new home. This has been a dream of this remarkable organization for many years. I believe Holocaust education is critically important for everyone to prevent it from happening again, and learn from its lessons.

My husband Paul and I have been married for 51 years. We love living in Birmingham We have dear friends that we have known from growing up here, also many friends that have moved here from other cities, and friends we have met from our community world. We love the food scene here, and all the theatre, especially Red Mountain Theatre.


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