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Ola J. Oliver-Hudson

Oliver-Hudson, Ola J.
Ola Hudson, 62, loving mother, cherished friend and creative spirit passed away after a battle with cancer. A native of Los Angeles, she was a life-long devotee of the arts, a passion that embraced all forms of self-expression from dance and fashion design, to theater, photography, music and poetry.

Ms. Hudson had an extensive background in Dance and Theatre Arts studying with The Lester Horton School of Modern Dance, Bella Lewitzsky and Linda Gold in Los Angeles, The Institute of Dance in Paris, The Max Rivers School in London and Le Loft in Switzerland.

As an accomplished couturier and costumer, her clients included Diana Ross, The Pointer Sisters, Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson, and John Lennon. A collection of the work she designed for David Bowie can be found on permanent display at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. And she designed fashion collections for Henri Bendels in New York, Fred Segals and Max Field Blu in Los Angeles, Right Bank Clothing in Beverly Hills, and Neiman Marcus.

Ms. Hudson raised two sons, each of whom followed in her footsteps by pursuing a career in the arts. Her oldest son, Saul, is the iconic rock guitarist best known as Slash and her youngest son, Albion, Ash is the owner/creative director of Conart, a graphics and clothing company.

In recent years, Ola has continued to share her performance art with new works of poetry, song, dance, design and photography. Some of her most recent performance pieces include, I Stand (published in Voices Magazine) and Testimony (dedicated to the tragedy in New Orleans). Her photography has been featured in Fred Segal, West Hollywood. She is a dedicated member of the Board of Directors at Westside Regional Center for the Handicapped. And recently, was nominated by Santa Monica College as a Distinguished Alumni for Creative Consultation, Choreography and Costume Design for the College.

Ola is survived by her husband, Anthony Hudson, sons, Saul & Albion Hudson, grandchildren, London & Cash Hudson and nephews Eduardo & Wayne Williams.

A private memorial service is being held for family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are being accepted for The Ola Hudson Scholarship, a fund created to promote excellence in modern dance and choreography at Santa Monica College where she both studied and worked. Donations should be sent to The Ola Hudson Scholarship c/o Premier Business Management, 15260 Ventura Blvd., #1700, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403.

Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 14, 2009
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