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Los Angeles County, CA March 6, 2007 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Heavenly Wilson

Candidate for
Council Member; City of West Hollywood

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Heavenly and her husband, acclaimed actor Scott Wilson, have been residents of West Hollywood for 25 years, living in a 1924 Mediterranean revival building at Hayworth Avenue since 1983 and, before that, on Norwich Drive for 2 years.

In May 2004 the new owner of the building applied for a demolition permit and Heavenly began her quest to save her building and all the other historic buildings in West Hollywood and to protect renters rights and rent-controlled housing in West Hollywood where excessive and ill-considered developments are ravaging the neighborhoods and causing mass evictions of tenants.

Her drive to protect her own building led to alliances with other groups of residents who were concerned about the demolition of their buildings and the loss of their homes.

In a short time Heavenly and her friends and neighbors formed the West Hollywood Neighborhood Alliance (WEHONA) and they endorsed incumbent Jeffrey Prang and Historic Preservation Commissioner, George Credle, in the 2005 elections. Prang was elected by a very large majority and Credle made a strong showing thanks to the efforts of WEHONA members.

In the March 6 2007 election three seats are in contention. Heavenly is running on a slate with former West Hollywood mayor and attorney, Steve Martin, and retired businessman and animal rescue volunteer, Ed Buck. See Position paper 1 for their platform. The slate has received the endorsement of WEHONA, Ed Asner, Kent McCord and Haskell Wexler.

Heavenly Wilson was born Indira, Siok Tian Koh, in Bangalore India. The translation of Tian is Heavenly. Her family are Chinese and Kadazandusun. The latter are the people of Sabah, Malaysia. Shortly after her birth, the family returned to Singapore.

Heavenly was educated at the Convent of the Good Shepherd and the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus in Singapore and at Santa Maria Ladies College in Perth, Western Australia and then attended the University of Western Australia where she graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree. At university she was active in student politics as an advocate for overseas students and was elected to Guild Council and to the position of Overseas Student Service officer for the National Union of University Students. She then completed her articles of clerkship with the firm of Stone James before being admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in Western Australia and taking up a position with the Child Welfare Department as an advocate for children in Children's Court.

After moving to London, England in 1968, Heavenly worked as a solicitor in the firm of Crawley and de Reya in their entertainment branch in Broadwick Street and was admitted to practice as a solicitor in the United Kingdom. In the summer of 1972 she travelled to Perugia, Italy where she did a summer class in the Italian language at the Universita Italiana per Stranieri and then travelled to Aix-en-Provence, France for studies in French at the Institut d'Etudes Francaises pour Etudiants Etrangers of the Universite D'Aix-Marseilles, France. She then returned to London and took up a position as a solicitor with the city firm of Stephenson Harwood.

In 1977 Heavenly moved to Los Angeles, California and married actor, Scott Wilson. The couple had met 2 years earlier, at the home of director, Jack Clayton, in Marlowe, England.

In Los Angeles, Heavenly worked in the motion picture legal department of Warner Bros Inc at the Burbank Studios and qualified as a California attorney after passing the State Bar Examination in 1979. At Warner Bros she negotiated employment contracts with actors, writers, directors and producers and for the acquisition of rights from authors.

Heavenly left the practice of law in 1982 and in 1986 fulfilled a lifelong desire to become an artist by enrolling at Otis Art Insitute where she graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors. In 1989 a congressional battle began for the survival of the National Endowment for the Arts and Heavenly jumped in along with her fellow art students to save the NEA.

Since 1992, Heavenly and her husband, Scott, have been engaged with other members of the union, in a succession of tough and sometimes bitter battles in which the rights and benefits of members of the Screen Actors Guild have been at stake. Their positions have been vindicated by vote of the membership when they were submitted to referendum.

Heavenly has also volunteered with the Democratic Party in all the national elections since the first Clinton campaign.

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