Samantha Reed Smith (June 29, 1972 – August 25, 1985) was an American schoolgirl, peace activist and child actress from Manchester, Maine, who became famous in the Cold War-era United States and Soviet Union. In 1982, Smith wrote a letter to the newly appointed CPSU General Secretary Yuri Andropov, and received a personal reply which included a personal invitation to visit the Soviet Union, which she accepted.
Smith attracted extensive media attention in both countries as a "Goodwill Ambassador", and became known as "America's Youngest Ambassador" participating in peacemaking activities in Japan. She wrote a book about her visit to the Soviet Union and co-starred in the television series Lime Street, before her death at the age of 13 in the Bar Harbor Airlines Flight 1808 plane crash.
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... Smith's contributions have been honored with a number of tributes by Russians and by the people of her home state of Maine ... A monument to her was built in Moscow "Samantha Smith Alley" in the Artek Young Pioneer camp was named after her in 1986 ... The monument built to Smith was stolen by metal thieves in 2003 following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 ...
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“The indefatigable pursuit of an unattainable perfectioneven though nothing more than the pounding of an old pianois what alone gives a meaning to our life on this unavailing star.”
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