Get to know: 61 years later, Portia still hangs that portrait

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Posted: Monday, February 17, 2014 12:00 am

The portrait of Portia Trulove Simms hangs in a small one-bedroom apartment on the grounds of the old Notre Dame Academy in north Omaha.

She is 29 in the painting, or close to it. She wears a yellow blouse and dark red lipstick. She sits at an angle, her left shoulder facing the viewer. Her expression is a Mona Lisa-like mystery. She posed three days for the painting, at the request of a once-famous artist. At the end, he handed the painting over.

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