Phyllis Montana-Leblanc: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Phyllis Montana-Leblanc

Hurricane Katrina Survivor, Actress, Author

Phyllis Montana-Leblanc is a Hurricane Katrina Survivor from New Orleans, Louisiana. Called, "one of the rawest specimens of classic Nawlins spitfire you'll ever find," by Newsweek, and featured in Spike Lee's three-time Emmy Award-winning documentary When The Levees Broke. She was also featured in Lee's HBO follow-up documentary If God Is Willing And Da Creek Don't Rise. She was asked by Lee to write the documentary's title poem and is featured in its opening. She is also the author of her memoir; Not Just The Levees Broke: My Story During And After Hurricane Katrina (foreword by: Spike Lee), which is the only first-hand account from a major publisher.

Montana-Leblanc is currently working on her next memoir about teenage domestic abuse, another tale of survival. While working on this project she was asked to audition for the new HBO series, Treme. After consulting with her now good friend Spike Lee to make sure it was ‘legit,’ she quickly won the role of Desiree. David Simon, one of the show’s creators, has been quoted in New Orleans Times-Picayune about her honest, passionate and real testimony and being "transfixed" by her in Lee’s documentary. Treme continues to film in New Orleans.

Montana-Leblanc has spoken at events all over the country, and continues to be one of the loudest, and most popular voices for New Orleans. She speaks about the need for affordable housing and proper health facilities in the still recovering parts of the city, the lack of which has left thousands with no emergency facilities, or mental health counseling. She also addresses the outbreak of crime and the importance for everyone who was displaced to be able to resume living there. She believes that everyone deserves to return to their hometown. Whenever asked why or how New Orleanians continue to survive and fight for their city to rebuild, she can be counted on to say: "It's In Da Gumbo,Baby."

After living in a F.E.M.A. trailer for almost three years, Montana Leblanc and her husband Ron, (and her Yorkie, Brooklyn), have purchased their first home and are currently living in East New Orleans, one of the hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina and the failure of the levees.

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  • Not Just The Levees Broke: My Story During And After Hurricane Katrina
  • Surviving and Thriving After Life's Storms

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