Zammit Cordina, Josephine (20.11.1935-)

Actress and broadcaster

Born at Hamrun, Josephine Zammit Cordina attended the secondary school in Sliema, the British School at Suez in Egypt, and the Secretarial College, Reading, UK.

Cordina is a well-known actress for television, and stage productions. She presented and directed seveal programmes for both radio and television. She is currently producing Waltzing Matilda, a very popular TV programme about Maltese in Australia on Maltese and Australian TV Programs.

In 1987 Zammit Cordina was in Canada where she featured in a ten hour telethon for cable TV in Ontario, Canada in aid of the Dar tal-Providenza, Siggiewi. In 1988 she produced for SBS Radio Australia a series of 28 programmes about the Grand Masters of the Order of St John in Malta, entitled "Minn L-Isle Adam sa Hompesh". She was member of the Film and Stage Censorship Board (1988-91) and of the Kummissjoni ghal-Maltin ta' Barra (1991-94). In 1995 she was appointed chairperson.

In 1993 Zammit Cordina was awarded the Manoel de Vilbena Award by the Harmonic 65 Culture Centre of Melbourne, Australia for her outstanding contribution to the propagation of Maltese arts and culture in that country. In 1995 she was awarded the Midalja Ghall-Qadi tar-Repubblika (MQR). On Australia day January 26 2004, the Australian Government has awarded Mrs. Josephine Zammit Cordina with the Australia Medal of Honorary Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

She is married to Harry Zammit Cordina.

Source: Maltese Biographies of the Twentieth Century (1997), editors Michael J. Schiavone and Louis J. Scerri

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