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Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz is an American photographer best known for her portraits of celebrities such as the nude, pregnant Demi Moore for the cover of Vanity Fair, Mick Jagger, and John Lennon for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Annie Leibovitz
Photographer Annie Leibovitz

Many of her photos are controversial, including the ones she shot of then 15-year-old Miley Cryus for Vanity Fair in which the young actress and singer seemed to appear topless, which outraged some parents and caused discomfort for Disney.

The cover pictures that Leibovitz shot of John Lennon naked, lying next to a fully-clothed Yoko Ono were the last photographs taken of the singer before he died five hours later on December 8, 1980.

Annie Leibovitz was born October 2, 1949 in Waterbury, Connecticut to parents of Jewish heritage. She and her family, which included six siblings, moved frequently as their father, Sam Leibovitz, served in the U.S. Air Force as a lieutenant colonel.

Annie Leibovitz White Horse

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Annie Leibovitz began taking photos when the family lived in the Philippines where their father was stationed during the Vietnam War. At the San Francisco Art Institute she studied painting, and dabbled in writing and music, as well as continued to experiment with photography. Her work was influenced by the Swiss-born photographer Robert Frank and French photojournalist Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Leibovitz began her career in photography with Rolling Stone magazine, which launched in 1970, and three years later she was appointed chief photographer by publisher Jann Wenner. She held the title 10 years. During her time with Rolling Stone, she covered many high-profile artists, including the 1975 concert tour of The Rolling Stones with Mick Jagger.

Leibovitz's work attracted Vanity Fair magazine, for which she began shooting in the 1980s. Her work for American Express during that time, shooting a succession of celebrities for the credit card company's ad campaign, earned her a Cleo award in 1987.

Other notable achievements during her career included being the first woman and second living portraitist to have an exhibition at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. In addition, a significant showing of her work took place at the Brooklyn Museum from October 2006 to January 2007.
Annie Leibovitz Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep

The exhibition was based on her book, "Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life, 1990-2005," which featured her family, her children, many celebrities and writer Susan Sontag, with whom she was romantically involved.

In 1991, Leibovitz replicated photographer Margaret Bourke-White's daring act of hanging from a gargoyle from the 61st floor of the Chrysler Building in New York to photograph dancer David Parsons, who was dangling from another gargoyle. A photo of Leibovitz during this wild feat by photographer John Loengard was published in the New York Times.

While Leibovitz has been a wildly successful photographer, she has had financial problems and almost lost the rights to all of her photographs, which she had put up as collateral to pay off millions of dollars in loans.

Annie Leibovitz Iggy Pop
Iggy Pop
She was sued by Art Capital Group, which later dropped the lawsuit, but now Brunswick Capital Partners has filed a lawsuit against the photographer.

Still Annie Leibovitz remains one of the most famous photographers in modern history, who is still alive and working today.

The Rumor Mill

The rumor mill has stated that besides the accurate biography of Annie Leibovitz presented above there is still one lingering piece of gossip that is yet to be confirmed and that is that during this past Halloween, Leibovitz dressed up as a ninja, kicked Chuck Norris in the face, then tickled him with a feather and lived to tell about it.


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