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Annie Leibovitz

1Here Is Tony Bennett’s Drawing of Lady Gaga Naked

Photo: Lady Gaga, naked, as drawn by Tony Bennett

I was 14 years old when I saw Titanic in the theater, and instead of sighing at how romantic it was, I instead tee-hee-heed all movie long.

There is only one scene in Titanic that I remember with any clarity whatsoever. And that is the part where Rose says to Jack, “I want you to draw me wearing this”—where “this” is a necklace—and then Rose’s voice drops to a sultry new register, and she intonates, “ONLY THIS.” And then Jack sketches Rose with a wildly professional ferocity, and then they do it in somebody’s car, and then Billy Zane shows up and he’s like, “Ooooh, I’m so mad!”

Every time I look at this nudie sketch of Lady Gaga—which was drawn by Tony Bennett—all I can picture is that one scene in Titanic. Evidently, Annie Leibovitz arranged their little fine art session; Bennett’s drawing will appear in an upcoming issue of Vanity Fair.

Bennett duetted with Lady Gaga on Duets II‘s “The Lady is a Tramp” (it’s good!), and he’s basically been gushing about Gaga ever since.

“She is the most beautiful person I ever met,” Bennett said of Gaga during her Thanksgiving TV special, adding that she is “America’s answer to Picasso.”

(Image via the Daily Mail.)

November 29, 2011 at 10:30 am by Jenn

9Michelle Williams Stuns with Resemblance to Marilyn Monroe

A photo of Michelle Williams on the cover of Vogue's October issue

Michelle Williams, dolled up as iconic, tragic bombshell Marilyn Monroe, graces the pages of the October issue of Vogue, out next Tuesday. (Famed photographer Annie Leibovitz is behind the lens.)

This isn’t the first time Williams has posed as Marilyn: she appeared in a haunting promo shot for her upcoming role in the movie My Week with Marilyn.

In the Vogue interview, pin-thin Williams admits she tried to gain weight for the part. “Unfortunately, it went right to my face,” she explains. “So at some point it became a question of, ‘Do I want my face to look like Marilyn Monroe’s, or my hips?’” The director settled, finally, on using foam padding to create Marilyn’s curves.

Williams threw herself into studying Monroe’s life, mannerisms, and movements for the part.

“I do remember one moment of being all suited up as Monroe,” Williams explains, “and walking from my dressing room onto the soundstage practicing my ‘wiggle’.

“There were three or four men gathered around a truck, and I remember seeing that they were watching me—and for the very first time, I glimpsed some idea of the pleasure I could take in that kind of attention. Not their pleasure, but my pleasure. And I thought, ‘Oh, maybe Marilyn felt that way when she walked down the beach.’”

On losing Heath Ledger:

Three years ago, it felt like we didn’t have anything, and now my life—our life—has kind of repaired itself.

Look, it’s not a perfectly operating system—there are holes and dips and electrical storms—but the basics are intact.

It’s changed how I see the world and how I interact on a daily basis. It’s changed the parent I am. It’s changed the friend I am. It’s changed the kind of work that I really want to do. It’s become the lens through which I see life—that it’s all impermanent.

Image gallery via Buzzfeed and Vogue

September 14, 2011 at 11:30 am by Jenn

37Annie Leibovitz Will Make Anyone Look Good

Britney Spears

Photo via ONTD

We all know that Britney is not as hot anymore as she is in the above photo, but that’s just the magic of celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz at work. The two teamed up to shoot Britney’s new Candies ads and Annie made homegirl look fierce again. It’s like 2002 is happening on my computer screen or something.

December 15, 2009 at 12:13 pm by Molls

25Wait…A Gay Tax? How Did I Not Know About This?

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A couple of months ago, I read a New York Times article about famed photographer Annie Leibovitz’s financial woes.  She was borrowing tons of money and using the rights to her photographs as collateral-basically she’s in serious financial distress.  I could not fathom how such an acclaimed artist could be in such a hole.  Now, I get it.

Annie’s partner, writer Susan Sontag, passed away in 2004 and left her entire estate to Leibovitz.  Apparently, this has put her in a position of huge financial strain:

Same-sex couples do not have the same privileges as straight married couples when it comes to inheritance. If your partner passes away and leaves her estate to you, you have to pay up to 50 percent of the value of your inheritance in taxes. However, if you and your partner were recognized as a married couple, you wouldn’t have to pay a dime.

So basically, Annie has gone into huge debt in an attempt to hold onto these properties and assets.  I had no idea about this aspect of the importance of the legalization of gay marriage and I am ashamed at my naivety.  I just really…Did.  Not.  Know.

March 5, 2009 at 9:56 am by Wendie
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