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Amy Winehouse Exhibit Opens, Gives Portrait of Girl Behind Stardom

By Teresa Meek   |  

A newly opened Amy Winehouse exhibit at London's Jewish Museum paints a new, more intimate portrait of the late singer.

The Guardian reports that the exhibit includes items from her childhood and early years in the Camden area in East London, as well as books and CDs she collected as an adult.

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One photograph shows a young Winehouse leaning over the balcony of an apartment building, her thick, natural brown tresses cascading down her back in the same manner as the wigs she later wore as a performer emulating the '60s girl band, the Ronettes.

The show includes Winehouse’s clothes, books, and small miscellaneous possessions, including refrigerator magnets, the Guardian reports.

"Every time I go around there is something else that catches me. It is a really honest exhibition and you get a sense of the real person — as well as being a big, famous icon she was from a very strong, loving family and that really comes across,” the museum’s Chief Executive Abigail Morris told The Guardian.

The show opened July 3 and will run until Sept. 15, a day after the singer would have turned 30.

The idea for the exhibit came after the Winehouse family offered the museum one of Winehouse’s dresses, The Guardian reports.

"The more we talked the more we realized the exhibition wasn't going to be about her dresses and her clothes," curator Elizabeth Selby told Billboard. "It's about her roots and her family life."

Alex Winehouse said his sister was “incredibly proud of her Jewish-London roots,” the Guardian reports. “We weren't religious, but we were traditional. I hope, in this most fitting of places, that the world gets to see this other side not just to Amy, but to our typical Jewish family,” he told the Guardian.

Winehouse died of alcohol and drug poisoning at age 27 two years ago. Her brother Alex Winehouse, who co-curated the show along with Winehouse’s sister-in-law, has suggested that bulimia contributed to the singer’s death.

A year and a half ago, the singer’s family set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation to educate young people about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse and support disadvantaged youth who are at risk, according to the foundation’s website.

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