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**** CAPTION CORRECTION - PLEASE NOTE RESTRICTIONS IN SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS****....This picture released by Vanity Fair on Wednesday September 6, 2006 shows the cover of the October 2006 issue featuring Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes with their baby Suri Cruise. (UPI Photo/Annie Leibovitz exclusively for Vanity Fair)......***PHOTO CREDIT MUST READ: ANNIE LIEBOVITZ EXCLUSIVELY FOR VANITY FAIR***
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Anna-Lou "Annie" Leibovitz (pronounced /ˈliːbəvɪts/; born October 2, 1949) is an American portrait photographer.

Born in Waterbury, Connecticut, Leibovitz is the third of six children. She is a third-generation American whose great-grandparents were Russian Jews. Her father's parents had emigrated from Romania. Her mother, Marilyn Leibovitz, was a modern dance instructor; her father, Sam Leibovitz, was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force. The family moved frequently with her father's duty assignments, and she took her first pictures when he was stationed in the Philippines during the Vietnam War.

In high school, she became interested in various artistic endeavours, and began to write and play music. She attended the San Francisco Art Institute, where she studied painting. For several years, she continued to develop her photography skills while working various jobs, including a stint on a kibbutz in Amir, Israel, for several months in 1969. Throughout her life on the Kibbutz, she learned to take Jewish concepts and apply them to her photographs.

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