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Photographer Sam Shaw is remembered for his iconic images of such stars as Marilyn Monroe and Marlon Brando. He also produced several films, including 1961's Paris Blues.
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In the 1960s, Shaw branched out into producing. He made the film Paris Blues (1961) starring Paul Newman and Sydney Poitier as American jazz musicians in the French city. The score for the film was composed by Shaw's friend Duke Ellington. Shaw later teamed up with filmmaker and actor John Cassavetes to produce such films as Husbands (1970),
A Woman Uner the Influence (1974), Opening Night (1977) and Gloria (1980). Cassavetes called Shaw a "renaissance man"; his multi-talented friend Shaw was the production designer for A Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) and also photographed Cassavetes' films and designed their advertising campaigns.
Sam Shaw died on April 5, 1999, after suffering a stroke. Since his death, Shaw's children and grandchildren have worked to preserve and promote his legacy, and his photographs have been exhibited all over the world. In 2011, a collection of Shaw's photographs was published in a book entitled Sam Shaw by Lorie Karnath.
Shaw would have turned 100 years old in January 2012; his centennial birthday was celebrated posthumously with special exhibits and publications of his expansive life's work.
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