I only met Steve Starr once on June 26, 2004, when a mutual friend brought him to one of our summer parties. The well-known Chicago photographer, who died earlier today at age 65, showed up with a gift for us - a framed photo of Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello from their Beach Party days, which has been prominently displayed in our home ever since.
Starr was the author of two books - Picture Perfect: Deco Photo Frames 1926-1946 (1991) and STARRLIGHT: Glamorous Latin Movie Stars of Early Hollywood (2010). And his many celebrity pics over the years included Janet Jackson, Beyoncé, Dionne Warwick, Jamie Foxx, Lynda Carter, Rita Moreno and Debra Messing. You can learn more about his life and career at www.stevestarrstudios.com, and you can click here to read a 1986 Chicago Tribune story about him.