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Winston Churchill’s granddaughter to speak at OSU

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Celia Sandys rides with her grandfather, Sir Winston Churchill, in the south of France in 1962.

Celia Sandys, granddaughter of famed historical figure Sir Winston Churchill, is coming to Oklahoma State University. 

A definitive authority on the former British prime minister’s leadership and personal life, the renowned author, journalist and presenter will speak at 4 p.m. Oct. 22. at the McKnight Center for the Performing Arts. Her speech will be followed by a Q&A with OSU President Burns Hargis. The event is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to preregister by Oct. 16, as seating is limited.

Sandys has authored five books on her grandfather, drawing on both intense historical research and personal anecdotes from her experiences with Churchill in England and abroad. 

Her most recent book, “We Shall Not Fail — The Inspiring Leadership of Winston Churchill,” describes the principles of leadership which enabled Churchill to lead his country and the rest of the free world to overwhelming victory against Nazi Germany and its allies in World War II.

Another of her books, “Chasing Churchill,” is the basis for a three-part documentary which was first aired on PBS in 2008. Presented and narrated by Celia Sandys, the program is a riveting portrait of one of the 20th Century’s iconic figures as painted by someone who knew him as “Grandpapa.” 

Sandys has fascinated, amused and enthralled audiences on four continents. Drawing on her vast and intimate knowledge of Churchill’s personal and political life, and her own extraordinary network of friends around the globe, her speeches are often accompanied by excerpts from some of her grandfather’s speeches as well as photographs and other material drawn from her private collection.  Among the more popular of her subjects is “Memories of My Grandfather,” which will be the theme of her speech at OSU. 

Sandys is the daughter of Churchill’s eldest child, Diana and Cabinet Minister Duncan Sandys.

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