Al Hirschfeld's drawings, other works coming to NYC museum

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NEW YORK (AP) — Al Hirschfeld's drawings of theater, dance and film personalities will be featured at the New-York Historical Society starting later this month.

The exhibition runs from May 22 through Oct. 12.

It features 100 original drawings spanning the caricaturist's nine-decade career.

It begins with his work for Hollywood studios and ends with his last drawings for The New York Times.

He's famous for his linear calligraphic caricatures.

Highlights include portraits of Charlie Chaplin, Ella Fitzgerald and Ringo Starr.

Drawings of Broadway productions including "West Side Story" and "The Glass Menagerie" also will be on view.

Hirschfeld — known as "The Line King" — died in 2003 at the age of 99.

The exhibition is organized by his widow, Louise Kerz Hirschfeld, and David Leopold of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation.

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