Editta Sherman (1912–2013)
Betty Smith, ca.1949
Gavelux print
New-York Historical Society, Gift of Melisande Sherman

A playwright and author, Betty Smith achieved fame for her autobiographical novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn published in 1943. The popularity of her book led to movie and theatre renditions of it in 1945 and 1951 respectively. Her other books include Tomorrow Will Be Better (1947) and Maggie-Now (1958).

Editta Sherman (1912–2013)
Joe DiMaggio, undated
Gavelux print
New-York Historical Society, Gift of Kenneth Sherman

Joe DiMaggio, also known as “The Yankee Clipper,” played baseball for the New York Yankees from 1936 until 1951 (with a four year gap between 1943 and 1947 when he served in the military). He led the Yankees to nine world championships.​

Editta Sherman (1912–2013)
Lillian Hellman, 1961
Gelatin silver print
New-York Historical Society, Gift of Kenneth Sherman

Lillian Hellman was a playwright and screenwriter whose work often addressed issues of social injustice. Among her best known plays were The Children’s Hour (1934) and The Little Foxes (1939).

Editta Sherman (1912–2013)
Donald Shirley, undated
Gelatin silver print
New-York Historical Society, Gift of Kenneth Sherman

Donald Shirley, a pianist and composer, was one of the residents of Carnegie Hall. He was trained in classical music and spent his early teenage years studying at the Leningrad Conservatory of Music. Upon returning to the United States, he developed his own style of jazz combined with popular music and performed across the country.

Editta Sherman (1912–2013)
June Carter Cash, undated
Gelatin silver print
New-York Historical Society, Gift of the children of Lloyd R. Sherman

June Carter Cash was a country music star and composer. She was married to singer and song writer Johnny Cash from 1968 until her death in 2003.

Editta Sherman (1912–2013)
Yul Brynner, 1951
Gavelux print
New-York Historical Society, Gift of Kenneth Sherman

Born in Russia, Yul Brynner’s credits spanned theatre, film, and television. He is best known for his role as the King in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical The King and I.

Editta Sherman (1912–2013)
Pearl Buck, 1955
Gavelux print
New-York Historical Society, Gift of Kenneth Sherman

Pearl Buck spent most of the first four decades of her life in Asia—a fact that heavily influenced her books. The Good Earth (1931) won the Pulitzer Prize and was adapted as a film in 1937. She wrote 70 books before her death in 1973.

Editta Sherman (1912–2013)
Canada Lee, undated
Gelatin silver print
New-York Historical Society, Gift of Kenneth Sherman

Canada Lee was a jockey and professional boxer before he turned his sights to acting in the 1930s. His greatest acclaim was starring in Orson Welles’ stage adaptation of Richard Wright’s novel Native Son (1941). Lee’s social activism resulted in his being blacklisted as a Communist sympathizer in the 1950s, and he died before he was to appear in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Editta Sherman (1912–2013)
Kim Hunter, 1955
Gelatin silver print
New-York Historical Society, Gift of Melisande Sherman

Kim Hunter is best known for her 1951 Academy Award-winning role as Stella Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire. She went on to work in film and television but only after a hiatus when she was blacklisted as a Communist sympathizer in the early 1950s.

Editta Sherman (1912–2013)
W. Somerset Maugham, undated
Gavelux print
New-York Historical Society, Courtesy of Melisande Sherman

A British writer of novels and plays, Maugham spent most of his life in Europe. Editta Sherman met him on Martha’s Vineyard and convinced him to come to New York City for a sitting in her studio. He once wrote about her work, “Life is sometimes pinned down by light and time. Editta’s portraits are forever.”

Editta Sherman (1912–2013)
Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn, undated
Gelatin silver print
New-York Historical Society, Gift of Melisande Sherman

Lifelong actor Jessica Tandy originated the role of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire (1947) on Broadway. She and her husband, Hume Cronyn acted in many film and stage productions together.

Editta Sherman (1912–2013)
Lillian Gish (1893–1993), undated
Gelatin silver print
New-York Historical Society, Gift of Melisande Sherman

Lillian Gish first appeared on the stage when she was just six years old. She met director D.W. Griffith in 1912 and made more than 25 silent films with him in the next few years. Gish turned to the stage when “talkies” took over Hollywood in the 1920s but became involved with film again in the 1940s.

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