Subjects of Irving Penn’s “Elaine & Friends” Photo Are First Inductees in Foundation’s Hall of Fame

NostalgiainVogue-1971In 1971, Irving Penn took what became an iconic picture of some of the A-list at Elaine’s, an eclectic group that included writers, editors, producers and singers — the type of creative mix that found its way to Elaine Kaufman’s saloon on Second Avenue for nearly a half century.

As the Table 4 Writers Foundation, formed to honor Elaine, holds its second annual gala on March 27, the subjects in Penn’s “Elaine & Friends” photo will be inducted into the foundation’s new Hall of Fame.

We are gratified that the Penn Foundation has donated a copy print of the picture for our silent auction at the gala. Six of the seven surviving subjects have graciously signed the copy for us. They are Robert Brown, Christopher Cerf, Bruce Jay Friedman, Arthur Kopit, Lewis Lapham, and Gay Talese. The seventh, Nicholas Pileggi, has kindly agreed to sign it when he returns to New York in April.


Front row left to right:
Arthur Kopit, Jack Gelber, George Plimpton and Gay Talese; second row, seated: Willie Morris, Jack Richardson, Elaine Kaufman, Christopher Cerf, David Halberstam; third row: Nicholas Pileggi, Robert Brown, Jean-Pierre Rassam (center), and Bernard “Buzz” Farber (far right); back row: John Barry Ryan III, Lewis H. Lapham, Bobby Short, William Styron, and Bruce Jay Friedman.

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