Fashion photographer Richard Avedon dies at 81

Fashion photographerRichard Avedon dies at 81
NEW YORK -- Richard Avedon, the revolutionary photographer who redefined fashion photography as an art form while achieving critical acclaim through his stark black-and-white portraits of the powerful and celebrated, died Friday. He was 81.
Avedon suffered a brain hemorrhage last month while on assignment in San Antonio, Texas, for The New Yorker, taking pictures for a piece called "On Democracy." He spent months on the project, shooting politicians, delegates and citizens from around the country.
He died at Methodist Hospital, said Perri Dorset, a spokeswoman for the magazine.
Avedon's influence on photography was immense, and his sensuous fashion work helped create the era of supermodels like Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford. But Avedon went in another direction with his portrait work, shooting unsparing and often unflattering shots of subjects from Marilyn Monroe to Michael Moore.
Kim Fields begins projectsto help Caribbean recover
NEW YORK-- Kim Fields, who recently learned that she has roots in the Caribbean, is enlisting other celebrities to help the region recover from the hurricanes.
Fields is producing public service announcements for television and radio in which actors such as Blair Underwood ask viewers to support an aid campaign sponsored by the Caribbean Tourism Organization and its Web site,
The actress, who starred in the TV series "The Facts of Life" and "Living Single," also plans to organize a series of concerts to benefit those islands hit hardest by the storms.
"The Caribbean is a favorite vacation spot for many people, myself included," Underwood, star of NBC's "LAX," says in one of the ads. "Recent hurricanes have disrupted many Caribbean countries." He then asks viewers to "give generously" to the relief effort.
Fields announced the aid campaign at a news conference in New York Wednesday, where she showed the ad featuring Underwood.
She added that "after prodding my 90-something-year-old grandmother, I recently discovered that my great-grandparents are from Jamaica." She also said she's vacationed and worked in the Caribbean "and enjoyed myself immensely."
City renames roadin honor of band AC/DC
MELBOURNE, Australia -- A downtown road in this southern city has been renamed ACDC Lane in honor of the Australian band AC/DC, who sang the rock anthem "Highway to Hell."
"I say this is a lane to heaven. Let us rock," said the city's Lord Mayor John So as he erected the sign Friday to cheers and bagpipes playing the band's hit "Long Way to the Top."
AC/DC recorded one of their most famous videos in a nearby street and called Melbourne home when they were in Australia.
City officials have had several copies of the street signs made in case fans steal the original as a souvenir.
But councilor Kimberley Kitching said removing the signs would be difficult.
"You'd have to come with some pretty good equipment," she said.
Today's birthdays
Country singer-musician Leon Rausch (Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys) is 77. Former Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills is 72. Movie critic Rex Reed is 66. Singer-songwriter Don McLean is 59. Cajun/country singer Jo-el Sonnier is 58. Actor Avery Brooks is 56. Country singer Chris LeDoux is 56. Photographer Annie Leibovitz is 55. Rock musician Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike & amp; the Mechanics) is 54. Singer-actor Sting is 53. Actress Lorraine Bracco is 50. Country musician Greg Jennings (Restless Heart) is 50. Rock singer Phil Oakey (The Human League) is 49. Rhythm-and-blues singer Freddie Jackson is 46. Folk-country singer Gillian Welch is 37. Country singer Kelly Willis is 36. Rhythm-and-blues singer Dion Allen (Az Yet) is 34. Actress-talk show host Kelly Ripa is 34. Singer Tiffany is 33. Rock singer Lene Nystrom is 31. Rhythm-and-blues singer LaTocha Scott (Xscape) is 31.

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