February 03, 2003 12:00 PM

He was called the Line King: Al Hirschfeld, who died in his sleep in Manhattan on Jan. 20, five months shy of his 100th birthday, made a brilliant career out of caricaturing the colorful—from Bogie and Gable to Madonna, Calista and Leo—in exuberant, inimitable black and white. Possibly his favorite subjects, says his third wife, Louise Kerz, 66, “were the comedians, characters larger than life, like Carol Channing.” His last, uncompleted project, according to his agent, was the Marx Brothers.

“There’ll never be anyone like him again,” says his daughter Nina West, 57, whose first name was hidden in thousands of her father’s sketches after her birth in 1945. “He’s still drawing somewhere.”

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