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Don Bachardy Puts Honest Face on Fame in ‘Hollywood’

originally posted on: Los Angeles Times by Jessica Gelt
November 28, 2014

He might be the only man with an opportunity to see Angelina Jolie in the nude who told her to please keep her clothes on.

Portrait artist Don Bachardy had been commissioned in 2005 by Jolie’s mother, Marcheline Bertrand, to document the actress’ growing belly during each trimester of her first pregnancy. When Jolie arrived at Bachardy’s Santa Monica home studio, she immediately began to undress.

“I said, ‘Oh, wait, wait!’” exclaims the artist, now 80, before cracking a mischievous grin. “I wanted to do at least one clothed picture of her, just to prove I could hold my hand steady enough to keep it from shaking.”

After that first picture, Jolie disrobed and Bachardy realized “she was actually more comfortable without her clothes on than with.”

“That’s a very rare sitter,” Bachardy says. “Very rare.”

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photo: Artist Don Bachardy in his Santa Monica studio. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

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