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Hirschfeld, Albertlocked

(21 June 1903–20 January 2003)
  • Robert C. Harvey

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Hirschfeld, Albert (21 June 1903–20 January 2003), caricaturist, was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the third son of Isaac Hirschfeld, an occasionally employed salesman, and Rebecca Rothberg, the driving force of the family and, as a sales clerk in a department store, its chief support. Albert proved a prodigy of an artist, and when he was eleven his mother, advised to take her son to New York City for better education in art, packed up the family and moved there. Albert attended public school, then the Art Students League and at night the National Academy of Design. He was soon fascinated by vaudeville and theater, and at age seventeen he began his lifelong association with the entertainment industry as an errand boy for Goldwyn Pictures Publicity Department in New York. A year later he was briefly art director at Selznick Pictures before he opened his own art agency to service the studio on a contract basis. When the producer went bankrupt, Hirschfeld was left in debt, and in 1923 he went to work for Warner Brothers. He retired his debts in a year....

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