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Celebrity Photographer Willy Rizzo Dies at 84

Feb 26, 2013

Italian-born celebrity photographer Willy Rizzo, famed for his snaps of prominent figures ranging from Marilyn Monroe to Winston Churchill, has died in Paris aged 84, his studio announced Tuesday.

Rizzo, who also covered the Nuremberg trials after World War II, died in hospital on Monday, it said.

His works appeared in leading magazines such as Paris Match and Life and his subjects included Salvador Dali, Brigitte Bardot, Gene Kelly, Maria Callas, Marlene Dietrich, Jack Nicholson and Jane Fonda.

Tintin creator Herge paid tribute to Rizzo in "The Castafiore Emerald", the 21st in a series of comic albums featuring the young reporter, by introducing a paparazzo named Walter Rizotto.

Rizzo was married to Italian film star Elsa Martinelli and also launched a furniture line with strong clear lines inspired by Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier.

Source: COPYRIGHT 2002 Agence France-Presse. All rights reserved.

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