People in Brief

Ben-Hur Rangel of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, examines the 1928 Frida Kahlo painting “Dos Mujeres (Salvadora y Herminia),” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

BOSTON — Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts has become the only New England museum to add a Frida Kahlo painting to its permanent collection.

The Boston Globe reports that “Dos Mujeres (Salvadora y Herminia),” is a rare, early portrait by the renowned Mexican painter.

MFA director Matthew Teitelbaum says the work furthers the museum’s goal of “representing artistic voices from across the Americas.”

The portrait was painted in 1928 and depicts two maids who worked for Kahlo’s mother in front of a verdant backdrop. Teitelbaum calls the work “strong, beautiful and iconic.”

American industrialist Jackson Cole Phillips purchased the painting directly from Kahlo in July 1929.

The MFA acquired the artwork in December.

LOS ANGELES — Jamie-Lynn Sigler has been battling multiple sclerosis for the past 15 years.

“The Sopranos” actress tells People magazine she was diagnosed with the degenerative disease when she was 19 years old, ahead of the show’s fourth season.

Sigler says she wasn’t emotionally prepared to reveal her condition to the public until now.

The 34-year-old actress says her symptoms have become worse over the past decade. Sigler noted that she can’t run or walk for long periods of time without rest.

“The Sopranos” actress portrayed Meadow Soprano throughout the HBO show’s six seasons.

LOS ANGELES — Will Smith doesn’t plan to be at the Academy Awards, but he’s scheduled to attend the NAACP Image Awards.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People says the “Concussion” star is among the nominees expected to attend Friday’s ceremony at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Southern California.

Smith is up for the outstanding actor in a motion picture trophy alongside Abraham Attah, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan and Michael Ealy.

“black-ish” star Anthony Anderson is hosting.

Associated Press