Academy Gallery to Be Filled with “Who’s Who” of Hollywood

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Beverly Hills, CA (RUSHPRNEWS) January 3, 2008 — A “who’s who” of Hollywood, including Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Angelina Jolie and Sophia Loren, will be showcased in “Freeze Frame: 5 Decades of Photographs by Douglas Kirkland,” a new exhibition opening on Friday, January 18, in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Grand Lobby Gallery in Beverly Hills. Admission is free.

“Freeze Frame” will feature more than 125 color and black-and-white images of classic and current motion picture luminaries including Anne Bancroft, Antonio Banderas, Drew Barrymore, Warren Beatty, Mel Brooks, Francis Ford Coppola, Gene Hackman, Salma Hayek, Dustin Hoffman, Nicole Kidman, Kevin Kline, Baz Luhrmann, Shirley MacLaine, Ewan McGregor, Jeanne Moreau, Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson, Sidney Poitier, Susan Sarandon, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Peter Sellers, Meryl Streep, Barbra Streisand, Donald Sutherland, John Wayne, Owen Wilson, Kate Winslet and Renee Zellweger.

Born in Toronto in 1934, Kirkland spent much of his early professional life working in New York before relocating to Los Angeles in the mid-1970s. At the age 24 he landed a staff position at Look Magazine, where he worked primarily on fashion assignments. It was on his way back from one of those assignments that he was asked to accompany a writer going to interview Elizabeth Taylor, even though the actress had already refused to be photographed. Kirkland managed to convince Taylor to become his first celebrity subject, and his career swiftly moved in a new direction.

Benicio DelToroKirkland has worked as a photographer on the sets of more than 100 motion pictures, including the Oscar®-winning films “The Sound of Music,” “Out of Africa” and “Titanic.” He also has published several books of photography, exhibited his work in galleries throughout the world, and traveled on assignment to every continent except Antarctica.
Generous support for the printing of this exhibition comes from HP.
“Freeze Frame: 5 Decades of Photographs by Douglas Kirkland” will be on display through Sunday, April 20. The Academy’s galleries, located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, are open Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends, noon to 6 p.m. For more information call (310) 247-3600.

Editors: Downloadable images are available at http://photos.oscars.org/

CONTACT: Teni Melidonian – (310) 247-3090
                           tmelidonian@oscars.org

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