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Ben Martin 1930-2017

 I have just returned from Salisbury, North Carolina, where Ben Martin, my dear friend and former husband, passed away at his home February 10th from a pulmonary embolism.

Ben was one of the most genuinely happy people I’ve ever known, continuing to teach, mentor and work as a photographer despite advanced Pulmonary Fibrosis. Our family was Ben’s family and we treasured having him in our lives for some fifty years.

Photography was Ben’s life. He was Time magazine’s first staff photographer (1957-1989), and photographed for all divisions of Time, including Life, Fortune, People, Sports Illustrated, Money, Entertainment Weekly, Architectural Forum, House and Home, Time-Life Books and HBO. He is the author of Marcel Marceau: Master of Mime and co-author of A Different World: The Great Hotels of the World. He was a founding partner in Pomegranate Press, a book publishing company.

New York’s Gallery Center/Russek Galleries in Soho represents and exhibits his iconic photographs of Marilyn Monroe, Martin Luther King, Che Guevera, Malcom X and Jack and Jacqueline Kennedy, among many others. The most recent exhibit of his work was at the Waterworks Visual Art Center in his hometown of Salisbury.

I will greatly miss having my own personal “Wikipedia” every time I want to pick up the phone to ask a question too arcane for Google.

Ben Martin – Photojournalist

Benjamin Rush Martin III was born in Salisbury, North Carolina September 16, 1930 to Margaret Fulk Martin, a bank administrator, and Benjamin Rush Martin Jr., a newspaper man, later an attorney and circuit court judge.

Ben became fascinated by photography at the age of eight when his father gave him a bakelite “Univex 00” miniature box camera.At age fifteen he founded the first High School News Bureau in the nation, and became a staff photographer at the local newspaper, The Salisbury Post. At age seventeen he became the youngest member of the National Press Photographers Association.

He attended Ohio University, where he majored in journalism and photography, working his way through college cooking nights as a short-order “White Castle” hamburger chef, and as a stringer-photographer for UPI Newspictures. His photo essay published in the Columbus DISPATCH Sunday Magazine brought him to the attention of Wilson Hicks, executive picture editor of LIFE. Offered a position as a “photographic trainee/assistant photographer” on the LIFE staff after his graduation, he came to New York only to discover the magazine had eliminated the new position a week before his arrival. Not wanting to return to his hometown jobless, he accepted a position as a copyboy on TIME, coming to work every day with his Leica on his shoulder. Since TIME had no photographic staff at that time, Ben was called on to shoot last-minute assignments. After several months juggling his copyboy job with the ever increasing photographic assignments, Henry Luce hired him as TIME’s first staff photographer.

Ben covered wars and fashion, politics, arts, business and sports as TIME's Senior Photographer for thirty-three years, photographing world leaders and stories as diverse as the Japanese "Zero" pilot, who led the attack on Pearl Harbor, to major cover essays on African safaris, an arctic expedition to the North Pole, the 25th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy and the 40th anniversaries of Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima. His three-day non-stop coverage of President John F. Kennedy’s funeral led to a LIFE magazine cover, and his coverage of the first traveling pontiff, Pope Paul’s trip to the Holy Land was a cover feature in TIME. He walked backwards in front of Martin Luther King for most of the Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights March, causing Chief U.S. Marshall, John Doar, to comment that “Martin was the best shield Dr. King could have, because he was always in front of [the black leader] photographing his every move.”

One of his most memorable assignments during this era was as lead photographer on TIME’s now famous “Swinging London” cover story that Hugh Hefner, founder and editor of PLAYBOY, called “pivotal” in defining the sensual, sexy “swinging sixties.”

Despite having taken the "infamous" sweaty upper lip and five-o'clock shadow photograph of Richard Nixon during the Kennedy-Nixon TV debates in 1960 (a photograph Nixon claimed cost him the election and led to Martin being ostracized by him), many year later, the then-former President Nixon asked that, “we let bygones be bygones" and commissioned him to photograph his official presidential portrait and book jacket photos.

Ben was also a pilot and air force veteran, who began flying single-engine aircraft in high school.

 

 

 

 

Chicago, here she comes!

If Not Now, When?  Kathryn will be joining Angie Dickenson, Ed Asner, and a host of other actors at the Chicago Hollywood event, March 24th-26th 2017! Find them all at the Hyatt Rosemont / Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel, 6350 North River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018.

Reservations: 1-847-518-1234

Kathryn Talks About Her Time as a Playboy Bunny Ahead of Club Reopening

Kathryn talks to Associated Press about her years as a Playboy Bunny at the original New York City club. A new club will open later this year after the old one shuttered 30 years ago. Kathryn was 19 when she donned the satin suit, tail and ears. She used the generous tips to earn a living while attending acting school and waiting for the big break that would eventually come with "Dark Shadows." Kathryn wrote the history of the Playboy Club in The Bunny Years in which she interviewed fellow former Bunnies. The book is an extensive oral history about the unique time and women who proved to be the enduring attraction of the club's allure. Signed hardcover and softcover editions are available. 

Sail the High Seas with Kathryn Leigh Scott and "Dark Shadows"

Come sail New England and Canada with Kathryn, Lara Parker, and other special guests from "Dark Shadows" in October. Attendees to last year's Martinique cruise can testify to how special this trip is.  Aside from getting to know the major cast members of the classic "Dark Shadows" series, you can take part in the costume party,  attend screenings and Q&As. Get up close and personal with your favorite stars.

Visit Vacations by Design for more details or call 800.828.4813. See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Interview with Kathryn on "The Other 50%"

Kathryn talks with Julie Harris Walker on her podcast "The Other 50%" about her twin careers as an actor and author. They talk about Kathryn's past projects, and she announces her upcoming appearances in film and TV, and new books that coming soon. Please listen! 

Christmas Specials 2016 from Kathryn

To celebrate the upcoming Christmas season, Kathryn has made three different gift packages available. To purchase, click on the individual package links below, or look at tabs to the left, and make sure to get your order in before she's sold out.
Includes a publisher's private stock hard cover copy of the 30th Anniversary Dark Shadows Almanac in its incredibly rare hardcover edition, a personalized, autographed photo, hand-selected by Kathryn, and a personalized holiday card. 
 
Includes one of the last copies of the limited-run soft cover 30th Anniversary Dark Shadows Almanac, a personalized, autographed photo hand-selected by Kathryn, and a personalized holiday card. 
Includes Dark Shadows: Return to Collinwood, Dark Passages, a personal greeting card and a signed color photo.

Kathryn Featured in New Holiday Movie "Broadcasting Christmas"

Before the Thanksgiving foodfest begins, please watch BROADCASTING CHRISTMAS starring Melissa Joan Hart (above left) and Dean Cain, and featuring Kathryn and Richard Kline (above right). This delightful movie premieres Wednesday, November 23rd at 8/7c on the Hallmark Channel. Kick off the holiday season with this romantic comedy set in the world of morning talk shows. 

Coya Come Home, Revisited

 

No matter which side of the political fence you're on, there's no doubt that this year's presidential election is historic by the very fact that a woman is the presidential candidate for a major U.S. political party for the first time. Back in 1950, Coya Knutson made history of her own as the first female elected to the House of Representatives for the state of Minnesota. The "Politics in Minnesota" posted an appreciation and history of Knutson's groundbreaking career recently. Despite an abusive and resentful husband's efforts to derail her career, Knutson's legislative achievements were significant: She established the federal student loan program and championed family farms, campaign finance reforms and funding for cystic fibrosis research.

To learn more about this courageous woman, read Coya Come Home by Gretchen Urnes Beito, published by Kathryn to celebrate Knutson's 100th birthday in 2012. Vice-President Walter F. Mondale, a fellow Minnesotan, wrote the foreword. Kathryn, through her publishing imprint Pomegranate Press, will donate all proceeds to the Oslo Center for Human Rights-USA, specifically in support of women entering the field of public policy. Visit the Coya Come Home page to order your copy.

 

Kathryn and author Gretchen Urnes Beito celebrate Coya Knutson's 100th birthday.

Vanity Fair Features Dark Shadows 50

Vanity Fair publishes a terrific story about Dark Shadows' 50th anniversary, with some lovely memories from Kathryn, Lara Parker and Jim Pierson, as well as stories about some of their celebrity fans. Don't miss it!

Kathryn and Lara Parker Looking Forward to Dark Shadows 50 Celebration

Kathryn and Lara Parker talk to USA Today about the upcoming Dark Shadows reunion that will celebrate the show's 50th anniversary. They talk about their rookie days on the series, including who helped them most on the set. Read the story here. And for those in the Hollywood area, come spend a special Halloween with Dark Shadows cast members this weekend. Tickets will be available at the door.

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