21st Century Vietnam Leaves War In The Past
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Richard Diebenkorn's 1975 work Ocean Park #79, features pastel blues, lavenders and aquas — and thin strips of deep red and green at the top to draw the viewer's gaze upward. The Estate of Richard Diebenkorn/Courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art hide caption

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In 'Ocean Park,' Gentle Portraits Of California Light
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Alexander Payne's The Descendants has been nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editor and Best Actor. Payne co-wrote and directed the film, which stars George Clooney as an indifferent dad struggling to raise two daughters. Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Extraordinary, Ordinary Life Of Alexander Payne
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At the Charles Aidikoff Screening Room on Rodeo Drive, filmmakers can screen their works in progress for an invite-only audience in the small, 57-seat theater. The screening room is also rented to show films to members of the Academy and the press. Cindy Carpien/NPR hide caption

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Private Screening: How Hollywood Watches Its Work
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The Charmed, Charming Life Of Rosamond Bernier
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Grover Cleveland's wife, Frances, was a fashion icon during the late 1800s and was considered the Jackie Kennedy of her day. Her inaugural gown was more of a two-piece ensemble — an elegant floral chine skirt and a peach velvet bodice crafted by House of Doucet of Paris. Hugh Talman/Courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History hide caption

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Dancing Through History With First Ladies' Gowns
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Powerful Portraits Capture China's Empress Dowager
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Booksellers' Picks: Catch The Year's Freshest Reads
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Anchorphibian: Kermit the Frog does the backstage-chat thing with Amy Adams and Jason Segel in The Muppets. Scott Garfield/Disney hide caption

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For Muppeteers, It Isn't Easy Being Invisible
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Thanksgiving At The White House: First families have a lot to be thankful for — including the world-class chefs who make their food. Susan Stamberg shares her mother-in-law's cranberry relish recipe with two veteran presidential chefs. They say it reminds them of the infamous "cheddar cheese ring" from the Carter administration. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Mrs. Stamberg's Relish Goes To Washington
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The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
For Gertrude Stein, Collecting Art Was A Family Affair
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In a charcoal and pastel version of Dancers at the Barre, Degas tries out a variation on the dancers' head and leg positions.

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Degas' Dancers: Behind The Scenes, At The Barre
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Quintana Roo Dunne takes in the ocean view with her parents, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion in Malibu in 1976. Quintana Roo fell ill in 2003, and her father had a fatal heart attack several days later. Blue Nights is Didion's elegy for her daughter who died in 2005 at age 39.

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Sorrowful 'Blue Nights': Didion Mourns Her Daughter
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By 1985, Warhol's style had evolved substantially; on this untitled headline piece, he collaborated with Keith Haring. National Gallery of Art hide caption

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Andy Warhol's 'Headline': Sensationalism Always Sells
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In 1992, Lesage started an embroidery school to pass on to a new generation the techniques of an art form threatened by mass-produced fashion. Olivier Saillant/Maison Lesage hide caption

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At Maison Lesage, Beauty Embroidered By Hand
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