1963 Horatio Alger Award Winner
"Give of yourself to those who want to learn."
Albert Dorne was born in the slums of New York's East Side. From the time he was five years old, he wanted to be an artist. His dream stayed alive through a childhood ravaged by tuberculosis, heart trouble, and poverty. After finishing seventh grade, Dorne quit school to support his mother, two sisters, and younger brother. He worked days and nights at various jobs until he was 16 years old. For a brief period he was a professional fighter, and then he had an unpaid apprenticeship with a commercial artist. He worked as a night clerk and practiced drawing during every free moment. Through the 1930s and '40s, he became the highest paid and most in-demand advertising artist in the country. The fact that so many aspiring artists needed help gave him an idea that culminated in the Famous Artists Schools. He developed a home study program prepared and directed by America's foremost artists.* Deceased