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died March 11
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Date Posted: March 24, 2003 2:34:48 EDT
Zinn Arthur, who led a big band before World War II and toured with Irving Berlin's "This Is the Army" show during the war before becoming a celebrity photographer, died on March 11. He was 90.
After the war, as the big-band era was ending, Mr. Arthur began taking pictures of Hollywood stars for the covers of magazines and other publications. His book of photographs, "Shooting Superstars," was published in 1990. He was a photographer on 66 films. He also worked as an associate producer to the film and Broadway director Josh Logan, whom he had met in the military.
Mr. Arthur was born Abrasha Choosidman on Aug. 25, 1912, in Ukraine. His family fled the pogroms, arriving at Ellis Island in 1921, where his father changed their surname to Zinberg.
Mr. Arthur got into music by singing in choirs and sneaking guitar lessons. He formed his first band in high school, shortening his name to Arty Zinn and later changing it to Zinn Arthur.
Mr. Arthur led his own band in the Army, then joined with Berlin and toured United States bases around the world for three years. The show provided the material for the 1943 film "This Is the Army."
When the war was over, Mr. Arthur turned to photography. Mr. Arthur's first pictures were of Nat King Cole, Benny Goodman, Igor Stravinsky, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and other musicians. He then moved on to television celebrities and finally film personalities.
His survivors include a daughter, Robin Sullivan-Probst; a son, David; and four grandchildren.
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