By the time Gauguin arrived in the late 1800s, Tahiti had been "thoroughly Christianized and colonized" by the French, says National Gallery curator Mary Morton. Women didn't walk around half-nude — but Gauguin painted them that way anyway. Above, an 1899 depiction of Two Tahitian Women. The Metropolitan Museum of Art hide caption

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A woman dressed in rags is the subject of Tattered and Torn by Alfred Kappes. Oil on canvas, 1886. Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Mass hide caption

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Rudolph Valentino once entertained girlfriends (and boyfriends) in Room 1202 of L.A.'s Alexandria Hotel. Location manager Doug Dresser scouted the surreal space a decade ago — and recently took NPR's Susan Stamberg back for a visit. Courtesy Doug Dresser hide caption

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Portrait of a Boy is one of three Rembrandt paintings in Simon's collection. If Simon had had his way, there would have been four; the Metropolitan Museum of Art outbid him for Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer. The Norton Simon Foundation hide caption

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When Atlanta burns in Gone with the Wind, what you're actually seeing is leftover sets from King Kong and The Garden of Allah set aflame in a lot in Culver City, Calif. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer hide caption

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From the exhibition "Fresh Flowers," a drawing created by artist David Hockney with the creative tool that's been fascinating him lately -- the iPad. Untitled, 10 July 2010 is one of hundreds of digital works showing on 40 screens in the Paris exhibition, which runs through Jan. 30. David Hockney hide caption

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Dick Cavett didn't do interviews -- he held conversations. And in the 1960s and '70s, he held conversations with the likes of Katharine Hepburn, John Lennon, Richard Nixon and Groucho Marx. Above, Cavett poses in his New York office in 1978. Carlos Rene Perez/AP hide caption

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Antonia Fraser and Harold Pinter were married for 28 years before Pinter's death in 2009 from cancer. Doubleday/Courtesy of Antonia Fraser hide caption

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Patti LuPone as Rose in the 2008 Broadway revival of Gypsy.. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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