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Doon Arbus (born April 3, 1945) is an American writer and journalist. She is the daughter of actor Allan Arbus and photographer Diane Arbus. Her sister, Amy Arbus, is a photojournalist. Doon was 26 when her mother committed suicide,[1] and now manages her mother's estate.[2]

Doon Arbus
Born (1945-04-03) April 3, 1945 (age 73)
OccupationWriter, journalist
Years active1967–present
Parent(s)Allan Arbus
Diane Arbus
RelativesAmy Arbus (sister)
Howard Nemerov (maternal uncle)
Alexander Nemerov (maternal first cousin)

Doon Arbus was a longtime collaborator of Richard Avedon, with whom she coauthored the books Avedon: The Sixties and Alice in Wonderland: The Forming of a Company, the Making of a Play. She has written for magazines including Rolling Stone and The Nation. Arbus authored or contributed to several books about her mother, including Diane Arbus Revelations, published by Random House. She also edited and designed (with Yolanda Cuomo) Untitled by Diane Arbus, published by Aperture in 1995.

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  1. ^ Lubow, Arthur (September 14, 2003). "Arbus Reconsidered". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Elizabeth Sussman; Doon Arbus (2011). Diane Arbus: A Chronology. New York: Aperture Foundation. p. 147. ISBN 978-1-59711-179-9.

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