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Edited by Lester Brathwaite on July 17 2012 at 1:10 PM

A young Eleanor by Cecil Beaton

Art  Star

Eleanor Lambert was born in Crawfordsville, Indiana on Aug. 10, 1903. She studied sculpture at the John Herron Art Institute, supporting herself by doing fashion sketches and reporting on the side. She met and eloped with an architectural student to Illinois and, pooling together $200, they moved to New York in 1925. There she landed her first job with a Manhattan ad agency and eventually began promoting and representing  American artists such as Thomas Benton, Walt Kuhn, Jackson Pollack, John Curry, George Bellows, Jacob Epstein and Isamu Noguch. She was the first press director of the Whitney Museum when it opened in 1930 and was involved in founding the Museum of Modern Art.

Story by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester dot brathwaite at gmail