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Exhibit draws on world of Tennessee Williams

NEW ORLEANS

Legendary caricaturist Al Hirschfeld had said his drawings reinvented the characters of Tennessee Williams’ famous plays, from “The Rose Tattoo” to “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

To mark Williams’ 100th birthday this year, a new exhibit at The Historic New Orleans Collection sheds a little light on the lives of both men.

The free exhibit, “Drawn to Life: Al Hirschfeld and the Theater of Tennessee Williams,” runs through April 3 in the collection’s French Quarter gallery.

The exhibit features 125 items, including 50 drawings by Hirschfeld and 75 items from the collection’s permanent Williams holdings. Among them are his mother’s diary, handwritten letters to and from the playwright’s family and friends, manuscripts and unpublished works.

The playwright was born Thomas Lanier Williams on March 26, 1911, in Columbus, Miss. He died in 1983 at age 71.

Hirschfeld was born June 21, 1903, and died a few months before he would have celebrated his 100th birthday.

Finalists announced for short-story prize

LONDON

Established novelists Hilary Mantel and Gerad Woodward have been shortlisted with four other writers for a British short-story prize.

The nominees for The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award also include American Anthony Doerr, Chinese-American Yiyun Li, and Britons Will Cohu and Roshi Fernando.

The award is worth $48,245 and is billed as the most-valuable prize for short stories in the world.

The winner will be announced at an awards dinner April 8.

Singer Nilla Pizzi dies

ROME

Nilla Pizzi, an Italian singer whose voice was deemed too sensual for radio during the fascist regime of Benito Mussolini, has died. She was 91.

Pizzi died Saturday at a clinic in Milan, where she was convalescing from an earlier operation, the state television said.

During fascist rule in the years before World War II, Pizzi was kept away from radio work because her voice was deemed too “modern, exotic and sensual,” according to Italian news agency ANSA.

Pizzi triumphed at the 1951 inaugural edition of San Remo, the star- studded festival that promotes Italian song.

She also won at San Remo the second year, sweeping the top three prizes.

Associated Press

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