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1) Bettina Steinke, born in Biddeford, Maine, U.S. on June 25, 1913 to July 11, 1999 (aged 86), was an American painter and muralist.
2) Her father was cartoonist and entertainer Jolly Bill Steinke. After graduating from Bridgeport High School, she studied at Cooper Union & the Phoenix Art School where she concentrated on portraiture.
3) In 1937 she received her first major commission to create murals for the Children's Studio at NBC. She was so successful she later drew portraits of stars like Fred Allen, Kate Smith & Rudy Vallee.
4) In 1939 she was commissioned by ASCAP to draw portraits including Jerome Kern. During World War II she painted portraits of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Douglas MacArthur and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
5) In 1995 the National Cowboy Hall of Fame honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1996, was awarded the John Singer Sargent Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Society of Portrait Artists.
6) Works can be found in the collections of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center, Gilcrease Institute of American History & Art, Philbrook Museum of Art, & the Fort Worth Art Museum
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