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Linda Darnell

1944 Justin McCarthy Born: Hazleton, Pennsylvania 1891 Died: Tucson, Arizona 1977 oil on canvas board 16 x 12 in. (40.6 x 30.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.128 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Justin McCarthy painted many images of movie stars based on photographs from newspapers and magazines. The actress Linda Darnell made her movie debut in 1939 at the age of sixteen, becoming Hollywood's youngest leading lady. McCarthy painted the young star with flushed cheeks and a sneering expression, perhaps to mock her reputation as the "girl with the perfect face." She wears a revealing dress and no jewelry, evoking a famous scene from her 1949 movie A Letter to Three Wives: When told "If I was you, I'd show more of what I got. Maybe wear something with beads," Linda replied, "What I got don't need beads." (Classic Movie Favorites Web site, Linda Darnell Biography, 2002)

Keywords

Performing arts - theater - performer

Portrait female - Darnell, Linda

painting

folk art

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Justin McCarthy

Born: Hazleton, Pennsylvania 1891 Died: Tucson, Arizona 1977

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