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Editta Rinaolo Sherman
Birth: Jul. 9, 1912
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Nov. 1, 2013
Manhattan
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Photographer. Called the "Duchess of Carnegie Hall", she shall be remembered for her portraits of two generations of celebrities. The child of a large immigrant family, she was raised in Philadelphia and learned her art from her wedding-photographer father. Married in 1935 to sound engineer Harold Sherman, the couple initially lived in California, used their talents in the war effort, then in 1944 moved to Martha's Vineyard where Editta set up a studio and had 'Wizard of Oz' Frank Morgan as an early subject. In 1949 the Shermans and their four children moved into an apartment in the towers above Carnegie Hall; by then Harold was blind and terminally ill with diabetes and thus Editta was forced to turn her hobby into a profession in order to support her family. Using an 8 X 10 wooden Kodak box camera with her home for a studio, she created large, detailed black-and-white images of the rich and famous, some of them her neighbors. Over the years she shot a 'who's who' of the musical, literary, and entertainment elite as well as a young Elvis Presley and an aging, at least from a baseball standpoint, Joe DiMaggio. Editta mentored Andy Warhol, saw her work shown in a 1967 exhibit at the Grand Central Terminal, at 60 modelled for the 'aging gracefully' sections of Francesco Scavullo's book "On Beauty", in 1978 joined with William J. Cunningham to publish "Facades", a collection of New York City photos, and in 1981 made it to the silver screen with a role in Abel Ferrera's crime sexploitation thriller "Ms. 45". Never retiring, she was the subject of a number showings and appeared in the 2010 documentary "Lost Bohemia", but was to see her final years marred by a three year fight with the City of New York, owner of Carnegie Hall since 1960, which desired to evict her from her rent-controlled apartment. Editta finally lost her battle in 2010, reaching a settlement the terms of which were kept secret, lived out her days in a Central Park South apartment, and died of the effects of advanced age. At her death a large number of her photographs were on display in places of honor. (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
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  Harold Thomas Sherman (1904 - 1954)
 
Burial:
Rosedale and Rosehill Cemetery
Linden
Union County
New Jersey, USA
Plot: 58-1716 /SDC1
 
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Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: Nov 05, 2013
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Editta <i>Rinaolo</i> Sherman
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Editta <i>Rinaolo</i> Sherman
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