Hollywood Photographer Wallace Seawell Dies at 90

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Photographer Wallace Seawell, whose career spanned more than 60 years snapping portraits of such stars as Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn and George Burns, has died. He was 90.

Seawell died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said his friend, publicist Alan Eichler.

He moved to Los Angeles after World War II when he produced and designed nearly 50 training films for the Army Signal Corps. He also joined the studio of Paul Hesse, a leading West Coast photographer.

Seawell also began working for movie studios and fan magazines, photographing Lucille Ball, Doris Day and other stars.

Seawell's reputation also helped him shoot portraits of President Lyndon B. Johnson, the duke and duchess of Windsor and the king and queen of Siam.

He also took photos for record albums by artists Johnny Mathis, Diana Ross and Peggy Lee.

Seawell's subjects enjoyed his work so much, many of them became his friends, said Ron Avery, president of the Motion Picture and Television Photo Archive, which owns Seawell's photographs.

Seawell is survived by several nieces and nephews. A memorial service is pending.

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