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Miriama Smith’s unconventional past

The Filthy Rich star reveals the impact of her mother's unusual past.

In this month’s Australian Women’s Weekly we asked four well-known New Zealanders to share a photo of their mums, and tell us what they know about her before they came in to the world.

Here Filthy Rich actress Miriama Smith shares a photo and story about her mother’s hippy life in small-town New Zealand in the 1960s and 1970s.

What kind of woman was your mother before you were born? How much do you know about her life before you came along?\n\”This is my mum, born Pamela Charmaine Copland, when she was 18 years old. Fondly referred to by her netball mates as ‘Legs Eleven’, Mum was a social butterfly.

I look at these photos with fondness, as it appeals to my hippy heart. I can only imagine what it must have been like blossoming into a woman in the late 1960s and early 70s in small-town New Zealand.

If I had a choice, I would have loved to live in that era. The world was Mum’s oyster and she was training to be a teacher at Porirua Teacher’s College. Given her vivid imagination and knack for storytelling, I think it was a perfect choice in career.

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