Ella Fitzgerald had not one sad edge to her voice. She always had listeners smiling by the second note. George Konig/Hulton Archive hide caption

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Ella Fitzgerald: America's First Lady Of Song

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Johnny Mandel, as he appears on the cover of the Johnny Mandel Songbook. He composed the music for popular songs such as "The Shadow of Your Smile" and "Suicide Is Painless." Alfred Publishing hide caption

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More Than 'M*A*S*H': Songwriter Johnny Mandel

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WASP (from left) Frances Green, Margaret Kirchner, Ann Waldner and Blanche Osborn leave their B-17, called Pistol Packin' Mama, during ferry training at Lockbourne Army Air Force base in Ohio. They're carrying their parachutes. National Archives hide caption

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Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls

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Belief On The Big Screen: Secrets Of Special Effects

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"A lot of times when parents are in this industry, they really don't get to see their children," says Charlie Scott III (left). "In the morning, you know, Dad's gonna be there. Like death and taxes." Cindy Carpien/NPR hide caption

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How Hollywood Gets Fed: A Lesson In Craft Service

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Gabrielle With A Rose, 1911: Gabrielle Renard was the Renoir family's longtime nanny — and the artist's muse. He painted her hundreds of times. Musee d'Orsay hide caption

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'Renoir In The 20th Century': A Master's Last Works

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Drawing Distinctions Between Rembrandt, His Pupils

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Elizabeth Taylor in 1958, with her Cartier ruby and diamond necklace. Photofest hide caption

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Cartier's Jewels For America's Rich And Famous

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"This is a mother to all of us who left Iraq," AlKarkhi says. "So when you look at it, you look into your mother's eye. The eyes of this woman reflect the eyes of the mothers of everybody who left home." Photo: Walid Jawad hide caption

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Portrait Of Iraq: A Refugee Artist Paints His Home

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31 Rue Cambon: Coco Chanel's Fabulous Paris Flat

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The Louvre's famous pyramid turns 20 this year. When architect I.M. Pei first designed it in the 1980s, critics said tampering with the Louvre's majestic architecture was "sacrilegious." But over the years, visitors have warmed up to the giant glass structure. Sipa via AP Images hide caption

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Landmark At The Louvre: The Pyramid Turns 20

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Season's Readings: Top Picks From Indie Booksellers

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Yinka Shonibare's Scramble for Africa features 14 life-size fiberglass mannequins dressed in Dutch wax printed cotton. Yinka Shonibare/By permission, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution hide caption

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Headless Actors On A Global Playground

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Broadway theater producer Rocco Landesman is the 10th chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Michael Eastman hide caption

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Theater Producer Takes The Stage As New NEA Chair

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Many meals at Les Cocottes are served in homey, oven-to-table casserole cookware. Clay McLachlan/Le Violon D'Ingres hide caption

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Who Says French Food Can't Be Friendly?

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