Cartoonist. Born Curtis Arnoux Peters, Junior to Edith Theresa Haymes and State Supreme Court Justice, Curtis Arnoux Peters in New York City. He attended the venerable Hotchkiss boarding school and Yale University where he organized his own band with Rudy Vallee, and developed a reputation as a playboy. After leaving school, he settled in New York's Greenwich Village, and submitted art to numerous publications. He also painted decorative panels for restaurants. When his chosen career failed to progress, he made arrangements to return to music, when a drawing that he submitted to the new magazine, 'The New Yorker,' was purchased. His cartoon debuted in the four month old publication in the June 20, 1925, issue. The association with the magazine would continue his entire life. His ground-breaking 'Whoops Sisters' characters debuted there in 1926. His first collection, 'Peter Arno's Parade' was published in 1929. 'Peter Arno's Hullabaloo,' another collection of cartoons was published in 1930. He has been credited with inventing the captioned cartoon, a charge he denied. 'For Members Only,' was published in 1935. In 1941, one of his cartoons introduced the phrase, "Well, back to the old drawing board," to the American vernacular. His 1951 collection 'Peter Arno's Ladies & Gentlemen' included a rare dedication; to Harold Ross, the man who hired him for the New Yorker staff. Until 1962, his work also appeared in 'Circus Magazine' by Barnum & Bailey. Collections of his cartoons include 'Peter Arno's Circus' (1931), 'Cartoon Revue' (1941), 'Man in the Shower' (1944), 'Hell of a Way to Run a Railroad' (1951), and 'Lady in the Shower' (1967). An apparent renaissance man, he was said to have written a song 'My Heart Is On My Sleeve,' designed a car for the Albatross Motor Car Company, and wrote a western melodrama mentioned in 'Look' magazine in 1949. By 1966, he was diagnosed with emphysema and lung cancer. He succumbed to illness two years later. His last cover for The New Yorker appeared four months after his death. He was included in the New York Public Library's exhibit of celebrity caricatures from the Golden Age of this satiric art, focusing on caricatures of the 1920s through the 1950s. His biography, 'Peter Arno: The Mad Mad World of The New Yorker's Greatest Cartoonist' by Michael Maslin was published in 2016.
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Lois Long Fox
1901–1974 (m. 1927)
Charlotte Constance Peters Hart