Saturday, June 27, 2015

What Happened To The 9-Year-Old Smoking In Mary Ellen Mark's Photo?

In 1990, photographer Mary Ellen Mark was sent to rural North Carolina by Life magazine to cover a school for "problem children." One of the most memorable shots was  "Amanda and her cousin Amy." "She's my favourite," Mark told British Vogue in 1993. "She was so bad she was wonderful, she had a really vulgar mouth, she was brilliant." The photograph recently made the social media rounds when Mark died last month.

Twenty-five years later NPR gives us an update on the disturbingly precocious Amanda.


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