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January 6, 1999 | CHARLES SOLOMON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In "The Line King," Susan Dryfoos has given us an affectionate tribute to Al Hirschfeld, who like Thomas Nast and Norman Rockwell, created images Americans cherish of themselves. Featured tonight at 9 as part of the PBS series "American Masters" is a shortened version of Dryfoos' original Oscar-nominated documentary, which played theatrically and on Cinemax. Though trimmed from 87 minutes to 58, happily, the editors made their cuts gently, and the film plays smoothly.
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January 22, 2003 | Susan W. Dryfoos, Special to The Times
Al, I've been asked to write about you, the person -- behind-the-scenes stuff people couldn't read elsewhere. What do I do? I know you want me to talk about your art, not you, but that's not my assignment. Boy, you know about assignments. In your 80 years of drawing -- two or three drawings a week -- you completed about 10,000 assignments. You'd say that most of the time that what the editors want is "sheer insanity," but the jobs pay the electric bill.
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December 1, 1991 | Charles Solomon
Arguably the most influential caricaturist of the 20th Century, Al Hirschfeld would have been recognized as a national living treasure if the United States government awarded that honor: As it is, he remains our uncrowned illustrator laureate. Few artists since Daumier have displayed a comparable ability to capture the essentials of an individual's face, gestures and manner in a few bold lines.
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January 20, 2002 | JONATHAN KIRSCH
THE POET IN EXILE, By Ray Manzarek, Thunder's Mouth Press: 210 pp., $22.95 HIRSCHFELD'S HOLLYWOOD: The Film Art of Al Hirschfeld, By David Leopold, Abrams: 96 pp., $15.95 DOWN BY THE LEMONADE SPRINGS: Essays on Wallace Stegner, By Jackson J. Benson The body of Jim Morrison was buried in a sealed coffin in a Paris graveyard, a fact witnessed by the few who attended the interment in 1971.
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October 23, 2001 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At age 98, famed celebrity cartoonist Al Hirschfeld is still spry, still charming--and still drawing daily. Though Hirschfeld has been chronicling Broadway theater and its denizens for more than eight decades, the "Line King" actually began his career creating film art. In fact, by 1926 he was a veteran of movie studio publicity and art departments for Goldwyn, Universal, Pathe, Selznick, Fox and Warner Bros.
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December 5, 1996 | CHUCK CRISAFULLI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Though the full, snowy beard and sonorous baritone lend an air of learned elder, there's a mischievous twinkle in the eyes more suited to an impish schoolboy. Indeed, esteemed caricaturist and illustrator Al Hirschfeld seems equally playful and wise as he relates tales of his trade with a deep, easy laugh. Hirschfeld, best known for drawings featured in the Arts and Leisure section of the New York Times, has a remarkable body of work, essentially a sublime chronicle of 20th century pop culture.
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August 16, 1991 | DANIEL CERONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles residents this month will have first dibs on five new commemorative Postal Service stamps with caricatures of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Jack Benny and Fanny Brice. The comedians stamps, designed by noted cartoonist Al Hirschfeld, will be issued during a special ceremony in Hollywood at Mann's Chinese Theater and sold at post offices citywide on Aug. 29, before being offered nationally the next day.
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January 22, 2003 | Susan W. Dryfoos, Special to The Times
Al, I've been asked to write about you, the person -- behind-the-scenes stuff people couldn't read elsewhere. What do I do? I know you want me to talk about your art, not you, but that's not my assignment. Boy, you know about assignments. In your 80 years of drawing -- two or three drawings a week -- you completed about 10,000 assignments. You'd say that most of the time that what the editors want is "sheer insanity," but the jobs pay the electric bill.
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November 8, 1992 | CHARLES SOLOMON, Charles Solomon, a frequent contributor to Calendar, is the author of "Enchanted Drawings: The History of Animation."
Like "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," the contemporary Disney animated features "The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and the Beast" looked back to the richly detailed style of the great 19th- and early 20th-Century European storybook illustrators. But when Disney artists sought inspiration for their new feature "Aladdin," they turned to a very different source: the elegantly minimal caricatures of Al Hirschfeld.
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March 30, 1997 | Kevin Thomas
With Susan W. Dryfoos' Oscar-nominated "The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story," Hirschfeld (pictured in self-portrait)--whose whimsical caricatures have enchanted readers, primarily of the New York Times, for years--has received the warm, witty and comprehensive documentary he deserves. In 87 minutes Dryfoos acquaints us with the vigorous, hearty, white-bearded Hirschfeld (Cinemax Wednesday at 11:30 p.m.).
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2001 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At age 98, famed celebrity cartoonist Al Hirschfeld is still spry, still charming--and still drawing daily. Though Hirschfeld has been chronicling Broadway theater and its denizens for more than eight decades, the "Line King" actually began his career creating film art. In fact, by 1926 he was a veteran of movie studio publicity and art departments for Goldwyn, Universal, Pathe, Selznick, Fox and Warner Bros.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 1999 | CHARLES SOLOMON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In "The Line King," Susan Dryfoos has given us an affectionate tribute to Al Hirschfeld, who like Thomas Nast and Norman Rockwell, created images Americans cherish of themselves. Featured tonight at 9 as part of the PBS series "American Masters" is a shortened version of Dryfoos' original Oscar-nominated documentary, which played theatrically and on Cinemax. Though trimmed from 87 minutes to 58, happily, the editors made their cuts gently, and the film plays smoothly.
NEWS
March 30, 1997 | Kevin Thomas
With Susan W. Dryfoos' Oscar-nominated "The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story," Hirschfeld (pictured in self-portrait)--whose whimsical caricatures have enchanted readers, primarily of the New York Times, for years--has received the warm, witty and comprehensive documentary he deserves. In 87 minutes Dryfoos acquaints us with the vigorous, hearty, white-bearded Hirschfeld (Cinemax Wednesday at 11:30 p.m.).
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 1996 | CHUCK CRISAFULLI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Though the full, snowy beard and sonorous baritone lend an air of learned elder, there's a mischievous twinkle in the eyes more suited to an impish schoolboy. Indeed, esteemed caricaturist and illustrator Al Hirschfeld seems equally playful and wise as he relates tales of his trade with a deep, easy laugh. Hirschfeld, best known for drawings featured in the Arts and Leisure section of the New York Times, has a remarkable body of work, essentially a sublime chronicle of 20th century pop culture.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 1992 | CHARLES SOLOMON, Charles Solomon, a frequent contributor to Calendar, is the author of "Enchanted Drawings: The History of Animation."
Like "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," the contemporary Disney animated features "The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and the Beast" looked back to the richly detailed style of the great 19th- and early 20th-Century European storybook illustrators. But when Disney artists sought inspiration for their new feature "Aladdin," they turned to a very different source: the elegantly minimal caricatures of Al Hirschfeld.
BOOKS
December 1, 1991 | Charles Solomon
Arguably the most influential caricaturist of the 20th Century, Al Hirschfeld would have been recognized as a national living treasure if the United States government awarded that honor: As it is, he remains our uncrowned illustrator laureate. Few artists since Daumier have displayed a comparable ability to capture the essentials of an individual's face, gestures and manner in a few bold lines.
BOOKS
January 20, 2002 | JONATHAN KIRSCH
THE POET IN EXILE, By Ray Manzarek, Thunder's Mouth Press: 210 pp., $22.95 HIRSCHFELD'S HOLLYWOOD: The Film Art of Al Hirschfeld, By David Leopold, Abrams: 96 pp., $15.95 DOWN BY THE LEMONADE SPRINGS: Essays on Wallace Stegner, By Jackson J. Benson The body of Jim Morrison was buried in a sealed coffin in a Paris graveyard, a fact witnessed by the few who attended the interment in 1971.
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October 5, 1991
I am delighted with the new "comedians" postage stamp designs by Al Hirschfeld, which depict Laurel and Hardy, Bergen and McCarthy, Abbott and Costello, Fanny Brice and Jack Benny. However, I do regret the omission of "The Three Stooges"--Bush, Quayle and Sununu. ED KYSAR Reseda
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August 16, 1991 | DANIEL CERONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles residents this month will have first dibs on five new commemorative Postal Service stamps with caricatures of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Jack Benny and Fanny Brice. The comedians stamps, designed by noted cartoonist Al Hirschfeld, will be issued during a special ceremony in Hollywood at Mann's Chinese Theater and sold at post offices citywide on Aug. 29, before being offered nationally the next day.
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