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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

Ailsa Maxwell

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

Peregrine Pollen

Brilliant, curious, and gifted, the Oxford-born art-world character ran Sotheby Parke-Bernet

Nell Gifford

Re-inventor of the English circus

Guy Arnold

Explorer, prolific travel writer, cat-lover, and host of lavish dinner parties

Peter Serkin, 1947–2020

The pianist known for seamlessly connecting classic and contemporary elements in his work died on February 1 at the age of 72

Werner Doehner

The last survivor of the Hindenburg disaster