His Jane Fonda, 5
August 63 (1963) captures the twentysomething beauty, then on the precipice
of wild fame, in a candid moment, as if she’s listening to something being said
to her in casual conversation. Katharine Hepburn, 5 March 63 (1963)
shows the spirited actress, then in her 50s, looking mildly tired and vaguely
annoyed, as if she’s been sitting around for hours having her portrait taken.
In Ryan O’Neal, 20 December 66 (1966), the famously handsome actor gazes
right at the artist, chin in hand, as does Joan Crawford, dolled up but
uncharacteristically expressionless, in Joan Crawford, 9 February 74 (1974).
The actor’s message and autograph, scrawled across the bottom of the portrait,
says plenty about Bachardy and the way his celebrity subjects felt about his
work: “Thank you Don / Dearest friend – Love Joan.”