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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 19, 2020

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

California Girl Ann Getty was a stunning bi-coastal socialite who rescued Grove Press, the radically chic publisher of D. H. Lawrence, Henry Miller, and Samuel Beckett, because she loved to read

Into Thin Air Buddhist and bon vivant Ang Rita Sherpa—known as “the Snow Leopard”—led first-class expeditions (and an elusive life)