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Sam Kashner


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Singer, Dancer, Marcher, Spy Josephine Baker broke barriers onstage and off—from Jim Crow Miami to the royal court of Monaco

When the Little Tramp Returned to America In 1972, 20 years after Charlie Chaplin was forced into exile, the man who helped invent Hollywood came to a garden party in Los Angeles. Everyone was there

Electrifying Guitar How the 60s hit “Classical Gas” became the anthem of movies, television, and, most recently, The Queen’s Gambit

Groucho’s Dinner with T. S. Eliot Comedy meets tragedy over roast beef in London

A Tale of Two Brothers How Herman and Joe Mankiewicz won and lost the Hollywood dream

Black and White and Read All over the South How a comic book about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. rallied 1960s civil-rights fighters, including John Lewis

Sub Human A horrific end awaits a promising young journalist when she goes to meet an eccentric inventor in the dark waters off the coast of Copenhagen

Photo by Bachrach A Who’s Who of the 20th century wanted their portrait taken at one family-run studio

The Woman in the Window The American photographer Ruth Orkin did her best work without ever leaving the house

Too Close for Comfort In HBO’s The Plot Against America, from the Philip Roth novel, the present-day parallels are profoundly disturbing

Act Two In 1963, Mike Nichols was a 31-year-old former comedian with no immediate prospects. Then he met Neil Simon. A new book recounts what happened next, in the words of the key players

There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame Helen Mirren brings something special to every performance. But for HBO’s Catherine the Great, she also draws on her own White Russian roots

Candice Bergen, Star Reporter A “very lucky” actor and the photojournalism career that got away

Queen of Muses The always extraordinary Patricia Clarkson on Sharp Objects, portraying difficult characters, and the correct way to make jambalaya