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Posts tagged "til art do us part"
Jul 19, 2014
Robert De Niro, Sr. and Virginia Admiral
Did you know Robert De Niro’s parents were both painters who met in art school?
At [Hans] Hofmann’s summer school, [De Niro] met fellow student Virginia Admiral, whom he married in 1942. The couple moved into a large, airy loft in New York’s Greenwich Village, where they were able to paint. They surrounded themselves with an illustrious circle of friends, including writers Anaïs Nin and Henry Miller, playwright Tennessee Williams, and the actress and famous Berlin dancer Valeska Gert. Admiral and De Niro separated shortly after their son, Robert De Niro, Jr., was born in August 1943.
See also: the documentary Remembering The Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.
May 19, 2014
Calvin Trillin, About Alice
From Peter Stevenson’s review, “Scenes From a Marriage”:
“About Alice” is an unabashed love letter to Trillin’s wife, Alice, who died in 2001 at the age of 63 while awaiting a heart transplant, after a battle with lung cancer 25 years previously had left her heart weakened by radiation.
When “About Alice” appeared in shorter form in The New Yorker last spring, people couldn’t wait to tell their friends to read it. Trillin had written about a marriage in which neither partner seems to have done any grievous or even subtle harm to the other. It was as if he had traveled out beyond familiar territory and brought back a moon rock, something worthy of preserving.
And you could tell: he and Alice had a ball. Weeks after their first meeting, he pursued her to another party: “At the second party, I did get to talk to her quite a lot. … Recalling that party in later years, Alice would sometimes say, ‘You have never again been as funny as you were that night.’
“ ‘You mean I peaked in December of 1963?’ I’d say, 20 or even 30 years later.
“ ‘I’m afraid so.’ ”
Filed under: marriage
May 01, 2014
Cy Twombly and his wife, Tatiana Franchetti, in Rome, 1966
They got married in 1959, she died in 2010, and he died a year later. That’s one classy-looking couple. (Photograph by Horst P. Horst for Vogue) More photos of their place, here.
Apr 24, 2013
Every hipster couple in Austin, Texas owes Paul and Linda McCartney royalties.
Feb 20, 2013
One of the great under-narrrated pleasures of living: long-term fidelity & love.
Feb 16, 2013
Sep 18, 2012
Sep 12, 2012
Jul 18, 2012
She is the great fact of my life.
Jun 13, 2012
If we could just have the kitchen and the bedroom, that would be all we need.
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