The Biography

Book - 2017
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Al Hirschfeld knew everybody and drew everybody. Beginning in the 1920s, he caricatured Hollywood, politics, and notably the theater: Broadway belonged to Hirschfeld. His distinctive drawings appeared in The New York Times and other publications for more than seventy-five years. He lived in Paris, Moscow, and Bali, and in a pink New York townhouse on a star-studded block where his closest pals-S. J. Perelman, Brooks Atkinson, Carol Channing, Gloria Vanderbilt, Elia Kazan, William Saroyan, Marlene Dietrich-trooped in and out. He played the piano, went to jazz joints with Eugene O'Neill, and wrote a musical that bombed. He drove until he was ninety-eight and always found a parking space. He worked every day, threw dinners twice a week, and hosted New Year's Eve parties that became legendary. He had three wives, a formidable agent, and a daughter, Nina, the most famous little girl no one knows. (Finding her name in his pictures became a national pastime; finding her is a far more interesting pursuit.) He died in 2003 at ninety-nine. "If you live long enough," he liked to say, "everything happens." It did-and, good and bad, it's all here in Hirschfeld . Through interviews with the artist himself, his friends and wives, celebrity subjects, agent, daughter, and more; with access to personal correspondence, journals, home movies, and scrapbooks, Ellen Stern brings Hirschfeld and his world to life.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374280574
Branch Call Number: 741.5697
Characteristics: pages cm


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