Yousuf Karsh is in, Shannon Tweed is out
Shannon Tweed failed to make the cut, but longtime Ottawa resident Yousuf Karsh will have a day of his own next week.
The world-famous portrait photographer, who died in 2002, will be commemorated Tuesday as part of the Karsh Festival that marks his 100th birthday.
His widow Estrellita will present nine prints to the City of Ottawa on Yousuf Karsh Day. They will be displayed at the Karsh-Masson Gallery on St. Patrick Street.
The prints include two of Karsh's most enduring portraits: Winston Churchill and Georgia O'Keeffe. Others to be donated are Pierre Trudeau, writers Stephen Leacock and Robertson Davies, artists Jack Bush, Frederick Varley and Kenojuak Ashevak, and a self-portrait of Karsh himself.
The announcement comes one day after Ottawa city councillors banded together to force Acting Mayor Doug Thompson to undo plans for a Shannon Tweed Day next Wednesday.
But Tweed's friends in the capital say they plan to forge ahead with a huge party for the former Ottawa playmate despite the official snub.
Tweed, 52, is a former actress, playboy model, and is partner to Gene Simmons of Kiss, who will play Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest that night.