Marianne Accardi Giardini came to Dowling in 1969, following in the footsteps of her brother who had attended Adelphi Suffolk College. Her love of acting led her quickly to Ned Bobkoff and the Loft Theatre. Over the next few years, Marianne was active not only in the Loft but in pursuing her own acting career across Long Island and in New York City.
Marianne married fellow student Vinne Giardini in 1971 and the two remained in the area for many years as a part of the Oakdale community. In this ten minute interview, excerpted from a longer oral history archived at the Dowling Library, Marianne describes life in the early 70s. She introduces us to the Guerilla Theatre that was active on campus in the aftermath of the Kent State shootings. She also brings us closer to the events of the mansion fire of 1974 and the end of an era.