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The Life of Doralice Fontane (2019)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2019-05-10

Duration: 00:10:43

Subjects: Fontane, Doralice, 1905-1981 | Composers


  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Williams, Natasha Host
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Editor
  • Rhorer, Janet Interviewee
  • Gray, Rannah Interviewee
  • Ducote, Carol Interviewee
  • Vedros, Mary Interviewee
  • Smith, Melissa Interviewee


This segment from the May 10, 2019, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Andre Moreau’s profile of the late Doralice Fontane of Baton Rouge, the owner of Fontane House and the composer of Louisiana’s first state song, “Give Me Louisiana.” His report also touches on Fontane’s song, “Let’s March Together (The People of the World)” and her letter writing campaign to world leaders and celebrities on behalf of world peace. Moreau interviews: Janet Rhorer, Baton Rouge resident; Rannah Gray, author and publicist; Carol Ducote, Fontane’s niece; Mary Vedros, family friend; and Melissa Smith, the assistant curator of manuscripts at LSU’s Hill Memorial Library. Hosts: Andre Moreau and Natasha Williams