of Linda Darnell" oil, c.1949 23 3/4" x 28 1/2
(P.O.R. call gallery)
Linda Darnell, (1923-1965),
was a very
famous actress who met Henriette Wyeth in 1947 after Wyeth was
commissioned by Life
paint portraits of Hollywood beauties of the time. The two hit it off
immediately. The actress visited the Hurd ranch in New Mexico
fell in love with the remote valley where she could escape the drama
and pressure of Hollywood. She eventually purchased a small
down the valley from the Hurds. Her friendship with Henriette and Peter
Hurd lasted until her tragic death in a fire, in Dallas, 1965.
Henriette painted several other portraits of Linda Darnell through
those years, but the one above was a favorite, and remained in
Henriette's private collection.