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The Southern Heroine Charismatic, witty, and determined, Marguerite Littman was a moving force in the early fight against AIDS and counted David Hockney, Bianca Jagger, and Princess Diana among her closest friends

“A Bit of a Clever Dick” Scottish actor-comedian John Sessions voiced Laurence Olivier, acted with Meryl Streep, and channeled Keith Richards

Mademoiselle’s Literary Glam Girl Edie Locke encouraged Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan while publishing Truman Capote and John Updike

Isa Stoppi She was Italy’s first great model. Richard Avedon called her “the most beautiful woman in the world”

The High-Society Inventor Peter Florjancic’s life may have been his best creation

A Friend Among Spies For 60 years, real-life spy turned author John le Carré wrote elegant best-sellers that used the world of espionage to expose the complexities of human nature

The Girl Who Outsmarted the Nazis Janine de Greef spirited Allied airmen out of German territory

Dyslexia’s Dynamic Champion Patience Thomson was a pioneer for misunderstood children

Sir Brian and Lady Urquhart They died a day apart, and embodied the great spirit of the 20th century

Katharine Whitehorn Witty insights and brisk, clear thinking were hallmarks of a writer who broke down journalistic barriers in the U.K.

John Heilpern Over a 50-year career, the journalist proved that in criticism there is no skill more powerful than a good sense of humor

François Catroux Married to Saint Laurent’s muse, in the 1970s he made any room he touched in Paris sizzle

Danny Ray For 46 years, he told ’em all to “get on up!” for the Godfather of Soul, James Brown

Sylvia Horowitz From Brooklyn to jobs in fashion, to becoming a valued member of the United Nations family

Richard David Story A magazine editor who savored life and all its adventures, he was part of the AIR MAIL family

Charles Hill Over 45 years, the art detective helped recover stolen paintings by Titian, Vermeer, and Goya, plus Munch’s The Scream

She Netted a Fortune with a Tiny Cod Trawler Doreen Lofthouse built the humble Fisherman’s Friend lozenge into a multi-million-dollar empire

June Newton Helmut Newton was “the King of Kink,” but his wife, who died at 97 in Monte Carlo, was the mastermind behind the camera

Sean Driscoll The impresario behind Glorious Food who fed (and dished with) New York’s finest

He Lit Up Limelight and Beat the Blacklist Hitchcock gave him his first role. He upstaged Orson Welles. Norman Lloyd’s 106-year-long life was filled with drama

Barbara Stone The modeling agent made stars of Cybill Shepherd, Cheryl Tiegs, and a young Martha Stewart

Eva Sereny From Fellini to Brando to Burton and Taylor, the self-taught photographer captured stars in intimate on-set shots

Heaven on Earth Before Ann Russell Miller entered the convent, she was a swinging socialite in San Francisco

Stories We Tell The most erudite man in Italy, Roberto Calasso lived for literature—and re-invented it