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Brilliant, Talented, Stunning

HENRY WOLF, MERYL STREEP 1979: kodachrome film portrait for new york magazine.

Container List: Famous faces

Robin Williams | "I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It's not. The worst thing in life is ending up with people who make you feel all alone."

Helen Herder, Navajo potter, surprised her mother by taking some clay and going off and making a "whole bunch of pots" at the age of 7. She later taught the craft to her Aunt Rose Williams, mother of one of most influential families of Navajo potters.

At Work: "There are no rules. That is how art is born, how breakthroughs happen. Go against the rules or ignore the rules. That is what invention is about." - Helen Frankenthaler (American abstract expressionist painter) pictured in her studio, 1960s (www.theartstory.o...)

"Just do your work. And if the world needs your work it will come and get you. And if it doesn't, do your work anyway. You can have fantasies about having control over the world, but I know I can barely control my kitchen sink. That is the grace I'm given. Because when one can control things, one is limited to one's own vision." — Kiki Smith

“I am old now: gray, wrinkled, tired, and bloated, and my joints ache, too. But I am ready to come into my full destiny—as my childhood dreams predicted—as a Neo-Amazonian Pirate Queen of my own vessel: firing cannonballs at the worldwide culture of patriarchy in the name of all that does not suck” ~Roseanne Barr

Isabella Rossellini on being fired by Lancome for being too old. "In their defence, they kept me till I was 42. It's a tradition in cosmetics, in fashion. If you ask any woman, even a young woman, they're resentful of it. Because when you're twenty you know that one day you're going to be forty or fifty. And the fact that beauty is never represented at those ages ... it's offensive and scary. If you're young, it's scary. If you're old, it's offensive. So all the way through it's bad news."

"I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do." -Georgia O’Keeffe

Irena Sendler was a Polish Catholic woman who volunteered to work as health inspector in the Warsaw Ghetto in order to smuggle out children. She rescued 2,500 children from the Nazis but was eventually discovered and severely tortured. She managed to escape and live until 2008. In 2007, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, but the committee gave the prize to Al Gore instead. In a letter to the Polish parliament, Irena Sendler wrote, “”Every child saved with my help is the j

Emmylou Harris photographed in Nashville on March 31, 2011. Photo by David McClister