George Daniell was born on May 4, 1911 in Yonkers, NY, and graduated from Yale University in 1934. During his senior year of college he realized he was gay. He served in the U.S. Army for two years during World War II; after the war ended in 1945, he resumed his interest in photography and met his longtime partner Steve Doland. The couple moved to Maine in 1960, where they bought a house on Mt. Desert Island and Daniell worked as a photographer for Downeast magazine. He also photographed celebrities including Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, and Tennessee Williams; his work was published in Life Magazine and Coronet Magazine. Doland passed away in 1983; at the time of this interview, Daniell had continued living in their home on Mt. Desert Island.
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Winter, Madeleine, "Daniell, George" (1999). USM Lesbian and Gay Oral History Project. 8.
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