August 27, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Helen Brush Jenkins, a pioneering photojournalist who made Life magazine when she snapped a photo of her child moments after giving birth, has died. She was 94.
Her daughter, Genji Leclair, tells the Los Angeles Times that Jenkins died Wednesday at her home in Chicago, days after suffering a stroke.
Jenkins became a photographer for the now-defunct Daily News in Los Angeles in the 1940s at a time when few women held such jobs.
Over more than a dozen years, she snapped first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, President Harry Truman and stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable and John Wayne.
In 1953, Life magazine printed a photo Jenkins took of her newborn son, Gilmer, just after giving birth.
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