Magazine article Variety

Legendary Hollywood Shutterbug Is Still a Sure Shot

Magazine article Variety

Legendary Hollywood Shutterbug Is Still a Sure Shot

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Legendary photographer Phil Stern is the man behind the lens for some of history's most intimate portraits of Hollywood stars, including Marilyn Monroe, Sammy Davis Jr., James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor. But he doesn't like to talk of his exploits. "You're putting me in a position that's bragging about myself," he says.

On Sept. 3, Stern will let his photos do the bragging. That's the day he turns 95. And he plans to donate 95 of his famous photos to the Veterans Home of California, where he lives. "Most of the walls here are bare, and my images may be an improvement," he quips.

As a teen, Stern had worked as an apprentice in a New York photo studio and as a local police photographer, but got his baptism of fire, quite literally, at age 21, when he became a combat photographer in Darby's Rangers during World War II, after convincing Col. William O. Darby to allow him to join. Stern was decorated with a Purple Heart for his services. "There were a lot of very ugly things during the war - and a lot of very beautiful things," he recalls. …

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