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“The Best Eyes in the Business” During the Swinging 60s, Valerie Askew ran the largest modeling agency in Europe and partied with the Beatles

The Woman in Black Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s unanswerable power of argument

September 19, 2020

The Way We Live Now How Sir Terence Conran Turned Bauhaus into Your House

She Changed the Rhythm of American Life Part of an all-female, mixed-race swing band in 1940s America, Helen Jones Woods dodged the Klan to make a joyful—and powerful—noise

The World’s Most Amusing Naughty Person As Sotheby’s prepares to auction the treasures of John Richardson, his friend remembers the art historian’s intense, inspiring, high-low life

A Writer’s Editor A longtime editor for Time magazine, Ray Cave brought ambition, wisdom, and wit to the job

La Chanteuse des Rues Inspired by Edith Piaf, Lily Lian sang for the pedestrians of Paris

Leading Lady Olivia de Havilland’s soft power on-screen blew away even the likes of Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh

I ❤️ MG A longtime collaborator recalls Milton Glaser, a giant of midcentury graphic design

The Fall Guy Bronx nebbish Herb Stempel revealed that America’s best-rated quiz show was a fraud—and so was its beloved champion, Charles Van Doren

The Real Benjamin Braddock Charles Webb rebelled against his privileged upbringing by writing The Graduate—then renounced his own phenomenal success

Live at the Front Vera Lynn’s torch songs were not high art, but they kept up morale among the rank-and-file British soldiers fighting W.W. II

James Sherwood In 1982, he boldly resurrected the fabled Orient Express. It became the cornerstone of Belmond, the billion-dollar hotel group

The Robespierre of Lafayette Street The director who first staged The Normal Heart remembers the many-sided activist-playwright Larry Kramer

Siegfried Meir Taken to Auschwitz at eight, he turned his awful experience into a source of inspiration for others

Natale Rusconi A master at tending to V.I.P.’s from Princess Margaret to Maria Callas, he transformed the Hotel Cipriani into one of the jet set’s premier destinations

Miranda, Countess of Stockton When she married Peter Sellers, at 23, her two Pekingese dogs (Tabitha and Tomasina) served as bridesmaids

Mort Drucker For 55 years, the Mad-magazine illustrator was, as George Lucas said, the “Leonardo da Vinci of comic satire”

“Nipper” Read In the 1960s, he took down the Kray twins, Swinging London’s most ruthless gangsters—and helped solve the Great Train Robbery

Wait, That Was True? An American veteran confirms a British W.W. II soldier’s outlandish account of being the first to liberate Paris from the Nazis

Harry Hamilton The British soldier who claimed he got lost and liberated Paris by accident

Albert Uderzo Illustrator and co-creator of the walrus-moustached Asterix the Gaul, who represented “the revenge of the little guy”

A Pen for All Seasons A collection of letters belonging to the late Philip Poole, owner of a storied London pen-nib store, is an ode to the art of craftsmanship

March 19, 2020

Ailsa Maxwell The economics student turned codebreaker was on duty when Germany’s unconditional surrender came over the wire in May of 1945

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