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'Duchess of Carnegie Hall' dies at 101

November 6, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Editta (eh-DEE'-tah) Sherman, a photographer dubbed the "Duchess of Carnegie Hall," has died. She was 101.

Sherman lived above the famed hall for six decades.

Actor Billy Lyons, a friend, says she died Friday in her sleep.

Her funeral was held Tuesday just as Bill de Blasio was elected New York City mayor.

She had met him half a dozen years ago. He was one of the few politicians trying to keep artists from being evicted from the century-old studios above Carnegie Hall.

Lyons says the photographer and the future mayor spoke to each other in Italian, the language of their immigrant families.

Sherman was known for her portraits of musicians, actors and writers, taken at Carnegie until she was forced out in 2010 with others in a landlord-tenant battle.

 
 

 

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