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Portrait of Durants

July 05, 1987

The wonderful article by Diane Kanner (May 24) about Ariel and Will Durant brought back many fond memories. I had the privilege of meeting the Durants when my husband, Robert, was commissioned to do their portrait in 1970.

After spending a lovely afternoon with them, we asked to what they attributed their long and happy life.

Will answered, "something to do, someone to love and something to look forward to." Such a simple philosophy but one that we will always remember.

I have enclosed a black-and-white photo of the portrait which was executed in this fashion because they were two distinct personalities merged as one great author.

PAT TANENBAUM

Tarzana

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