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Looking at the origins of ‘It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise’

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“I am Eloise. I am six. I am a city child. I live at the Plaza.” So begins the iconic 1955 children’s story “Eloise.”  (Simon and Schuster Inc. / From HBO)
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Lena Dunham saw herself in Eloise, the free spirit who roamed the halls of a fancy hotel talking to adults and creating mischief.  (HBO)
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“Eloise doesn’t care if her hair is a mess or her stomach is hanging over her pants,” said Jenni Konner, producer of “It’s Me, Hilary.” “And that’s Lena [Dunham]. That’s where this project came from.” (Simon and Schuster Inc. / From HBO)
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The team behind the documentary “It’s Me, Hilary,” about “Eloise” illustrator Hilary Knight. From left, producer Jenni Konner, producer Lena Dunham and director Matt Wolf.  (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
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When Lena Dunham turned 17, she begged her parents to let her go to the local mall to get a tattoo of Eloise. Roughly a decade later, Hilary Knight heard that the tattoo was clearly visible in the actress’ not-infrequent nude scenes on her HBO show “Girls.” (HBO)
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Hilary Knight says he’s thrilled by the documentary. “It’s done a lot for me and my career,” he said. “It’s not over.” (HBO)
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The “Eloise” books were illustrated by Hilary Knight and written by actress-singer Kay Thompson, seen here in a vintage photograph. The pair had a falling out in the 1960s.  (HBO)
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Hilary Knight “was in disbelief for quite a bit of time that this documentary would actually happen because he’s overlooked so much,” director Matt Wolf said. “The idea that he would become a focus of something major is completely foreign to him.”  (HBO)
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The 88-year-old Hilary Knight isn’t exactly the target audience for Lena Dunham’s “Girls,” about navel-gazing, navel-baring millennials, but he found himself riveted by the star. They stand with director Matt Wolf.  (Charles Sykes / Invision / Associated Press)
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“To know a smart, sassy fan who obviously understands this child is a thrill for me,” Hilary Knight wrote in a 2013 letter that he sent to Lena Dunham after learning about her Eloise tattoo.  (HBO)
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