Providencemagazine.org is about manners, ethics and life style. Our advisory board consists of nationally and internationally respected figures: author, creative director of Barney’s New York and Slate magazine columnist Simon Doonan; cinematographer Robert Leacock (Madonna’s “Truth or Dare” and Al Pacino’s “Looking for Richard”); singer/composer Taj Mahal; artist and co-founder of Brandywine Museum in Chadds Ford, Pa., Anna B. McCoy; Stan Papich, known for his photographs of designer Halston and other fashion greats; former Bride’s magazine editor, Patricia Ridgely Storm; the first woman elected from Rhode Island to the House of Representatives (where she served five terms), Claudine Schneider; bridal consultant and designer Nancy Vandenboorn (one of her designs was on the cover of the original Martha Stewart wedding book); and last, but definitely not least, actor James Waterston, who is currently appearing in the New York Times "Modern Love" series, Episode 8, as Jane Alexander's son on Amazon Prime.
Background: Barbara Waterston worked as assistant fashion editor at Vogue and Redbook magazines before becoming the youngest reporter at the New York Herald Tribune with her own byline and assistant to Eugenia Sheppard. She married actor Sam Waterston and became a fashion photographer; her photographs have appeared in Cosmopolitan, Diplomat, Elle (French), Golf, Ingenue, Harper’s Bazaar, Life, Mademoiselle, Ms., New York Post, New York Times, New York Herald Tribune, Paris Match, Providence Journal, Providence Magazine, Time, Town & Country, Votre Beauté and more. She photographed Daniel Ellsberg’s wedding to Patricia Marx; these photographs were published in Time, Life and Paris Match and his book “Secrets.” She has photographed Paul Anka, Bella Abzug, Lauren Bacall, Candice Bergen, Eileen and Jerry Ford, Joel Grey, Dustin Hoffman, Gerard Malanga, Paloma Picasso, Joan Van Ark, Anne Jackson and Eli Wallach, Andy Warhol and more – on assignment.
Waterston is the author of “Pull Yourself Together or How to Look Marvelous on Next to Nothing,” (Simon & Schuster in hardcover and New American Library in paperback). Click to see To Tell the Truth video. She joined the women’s movement and became divorced and spent the winter of ’71 in Paris. When she returned, she traveled across America, touching 30 states photographing and interviewing American women from different walks of life. She subsequently wrote, acted in and performed in “The American Woman” and hosted a public affairs radio talk show for WPLJ (the ABC FM affiliate in NYC) for which she interviewed the late Betty Friedan, Elizabeth Janeway, Erica Jong, Shirley MacLaine, Robin Morgan, Yoko Ono, Gloria Steinem, the late Deborah Turbeville and more. She has been publishing Providence Magazine since 1989.
Before they died, artist Alica Atkinson Waterston; creator of the Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch poet Jeff Moss; writer CDB Bryan; artist Richard Merkin and actor, director, photographer and painter Dennis Hopper were members of the Providence Magazine advisory board.
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