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May 05, 1989 - Image 93

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-05-05

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an actor in a stroke or two. It
is a stroke of good fortune to
be captured by Hirschfeld,
says his admirers, many of
whom showed up at a party
this past summer to toast and
praise the man.
"I still surprise myself,"
says Hirschfeld, a man of
modesty and considerable
talents. "I never suspected
that I would be accepted on
such a national scale"
He sees his talent as one
way "to invent your _ own,
world." It's Al's world, and
welcome to it . . . Not all have
liked the welcoming commit-
tee. Alan Funt reportedly
chafed at the artist's
caricature of him, saying that
the resemblance was more
suitable for a gorilla than the
creator of "Candid Camera."
Hirschfeld was just as can-
did in his retort. "I cannot im-
prove on what God created,"
said the artist.
But others approved of
Hirschfeld's work — from Elia
Kazan to Eli Wallach to
Madonna.
Indeed actors have become
an extended family for
Hirschfeld, whose own
daughter, Nina, provided an
important early audience. A
Hirschfeld "Nina" plus a
number in the corner of one
of his caricatures sends
theatergoers scrambling to
see how he has incorporated
his daughter's name in the
work.
"It's insane," admits
Hirschfeld, who put his
daughter's name in a sketch
43 years ago to honor her
birth. "Everybod wants to
know where the Nina is."
Everybody knows where
Hirschfeld is — busy at work
at his barber's chair, creating
the magic of theater in pen
and ink. "I enjoy what I do,"
he says, matter-of-factly. "I
tell people if you don't like
what you're doing, go out and
open a deli somewhere"
Life is more than corned
beef and wry comments. But
being famous at 85 is no
mystery, says the artist. "The
whole trick," says Al
Hirschfeld, "is to stay
alive."

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