Al Hirschfeld

Died January 20th, 2003

NEW YORK (AP) -- Al Hirschfeld, whose graceful, fluid caricatures captured the essence of performers from Charlie Chaplin to Jerry Seinfeld, died Monday. He was 99.

Hirschfeld, who first had his drawings published in the 1920s and continued into the new century, died at his home, said his wife, Louise.

"All I know is that when it works, I'm aware of it. But how it's accomplished, I don't know," he once said.

"Through trial and error you eliminate and eliminate and get down to the pure line and how it communicates to the viewer," he said. "The last drawing you do is the best one -- it should be."

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