Hirschfeld: The Biography
Al Hirschfeld knew everybody — and drew everybody. Beginning in the 1920s, he caricatured Hollywood, politics, and Broadway theater. He lived in Paris, Moscow, and Bali, and in a pink New York townhouse on a star-studded block where his closest celebrity pals trooped in and out. He played the piano, went to jazz joints with Eugene O’Neill, and wrote a musical that bombed. 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. His distinctive drawings appeared in The New York Times and other publications for more than seventy-five years. He died in 2003 at ninety-nine. Through interviews with the artist himself, his friends, wives, celebrity subjects, agent, daughter, and more; with access to letters, journals, home movies, and scrapbooks, the author brings this legend to life. The first definitive biography of Al Hirschfeld, the caricaturist of Broadway.
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