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Truman Capote photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1948

"I was a fly chick when I was young." ~ The artist Ladybird Cleveland (now Strickland) to a reporter in 2012 in a story about an exhibition of her paintings. Ms. Strickland, the mother of legendary fashion model Pat Cleveland, was photographed here by Carl Van Vechten on September 21, 1954. Photo: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Artist Ladybird Cleveland (now Strickland) also the mother of legendary fashion model Pat Cleveland, was photographed here by Carl Van Vechten on September Photo: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Actress Jane White in a 1941 photograph by Carl Van Vechten. A 1944 graduate of Smith College, White was the daughter of Civil Rights icon Walter White. Ms. White began her career on Broadway in 1945 when Paul Robeson helped her get her first role as the lead in Lillian Smith’s “Strange Fruit,” a story about a doomed interracial love affair. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt praised Ms. White’s work for its “restraint and beauty.” In 1959, Ms. White originated the role of Queen Aggravain (to a…

Actress Jane White in a 1941 photograph by Carl Van Vechten. A 1944 graduate of Smith College, White was the daughter of Civil Rights icon Walter White. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt praised Ms. White’s work for its “restraint and beauty.

Joan's desire to bury her head in the sand was one stiff breeze away from disaster.

Joan's desire to bury her head in the sand was one stiff breeze away from disaster.

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Baba Beaton - 1925 - 'A Symphony in Silver ' - Photo by Sir Cecil Beaton -

Roald Dahl, as photographed by Carl Van Vechten in 1954.

Roald Dahl, photographed by Carl Van Vechten in Children's author Roald Dahl wrote the kids' classics Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, among other famous works.

Mark, Leicester Square, 1981. From 78-87-LONDON YOUTH. By Derek Ridgers.

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Credit: Derek Ridgers Mark, Leicester Square, 1981 London Youth by Derek Ridgers

Dovima, wearing Chanel; photographed by Cecil Beaton.

Dovima wearing Chanel by Cecil Beaton, 1953

Cecil Beaton - self portrait, 1937

Cecil Beaton - Self portrait, 1937

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Truman Capote on the cover of Newsweek in support of his novel titled "In Cold Blood".

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