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Samantha Smith Statue - Bronze statue near Augusta, Maine's capitol city that memorialized a twelve-year-old schoolgirl who became famous after she wrote a letter to the late Soviet chief Yuri Andropov in 1982, asking the biting question "Why do you want to conquer the world?"

Samantha Smith Memorial Statue in Maine

Samantha's written inquiry won her a trip to the Kremlin in 1983 and instant celebrityhood as a goodwill ambassador for America.

She traveled to Russia and Japan, interviewed presidential candidates on the Disney Channel and appeared on THE TONIGHT SHOW with Johnny Carson.

In 1985, Samantha was chosen to be the daughter of Robert Wagner in his new TV series LIME STREET/ABC/1985. Unfortunately, after  shooting just a few episodes, she died in a plane crash with her father while returning to Maine from England on August 26, 1985.

The news of her death lead the Soviet Union newspaper Pravda to write "Frightening, scalding news has come across the ocean: Samantha is no more."

Samantha's costar Robert Wagner remarked "She was so enduring, so loving and full of life."


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