It’s hard to see this character and not crack a smile. For years, the cartoon of Eloise has brought smiles to children and parents during bedtime. The Eloise series of children books, drawn and written by Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight, takes children to the land of imagination and fun, and years later, the stories remain some of their fondest memories from nightly story-time.
And now, it’s time for Hilary Knight to show everyone that even at 88 years old, he is still a kid at heart himself.
Knight’s rise, fall and return are documented in “It’s Me, Hilary,” a new HBO film produced by Eloise fan Lena Dunham and directed by her pal, Matt Wolf.
It all started in the 1950s. Knight was drawing theater posters and illustrations for Mademoiselle magazine when a friend introduced him to Thompson, the eccentric socialite/actress who created Eloise, but needed an artist to bring the rebellious 6-year-old to life. In just five books, Eloise influenced legions of fans, including Dunham.
On March 23, HBO releases this special documentary. We look forward to seeing the genius behind the drawings, the genius who helped us bring Eloise into our homes. http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/its-me-hilary-the-man-who-drew-eloise#/