Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“I was a homely kid with freckles that came out every spring and stuck on me ‘til Christmas. I was glamorous because of magicians like George J. Folsey, James Wong Howe, Oliver Marsh, Ray June, and all those other great cinematographers. I trusted those men and the other experts who made us beautiful. The rest of it I didn’t give a damn about. I didn’t fuss about my clothes, my lighting, or anything else, but, believe me, some of them did.”
—Myrna Loy

Gustav Klimt
The Black Feathered Hat, 1910


Richard Avedon, shoe by Perugia, Place du Trocadéro, Paris, 1948


Utamaro Kitagawa, 1750-1806. A Beauty in Front of a Mirror


Alfred Hitchcock on the set of Frenzy, 1972


Tatsuya Tanaka
Miniature Calendar


Toast rack
Designer: Christopher Dresser (British, Glasgow, Scotland 1834–1904 Mulhouse)
Manufactured by the firm of Hukin & Heath (British, Birmingham, 1855–1953)
Silver plate
5 × 6 3/4 × 4 in., 0.7 lb.


Poster for Yolanda, 1924, by Batiste Madalena, specifically for the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, N.Y.


“In a way, it’s an actor’s vanity to imagine that he’ll be remembered or his work will be appreciated in years to come. But in another way it’s not a bad ambition to try to do some work that will stand the test of time.”
—Gregory Peck


Edvard Munch
The Vampire, 1895
color lithograph and woodcut with watercolor [trial proof]
sheet: (15 5/16 x 21 15/16 in.)
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund and Gift of Lionel C. Epstein

Allan Grant
Drive-In Theater, San Francisco, 1948


Tatsuya Tanaka
Miniature Calendar


Pablo Picasso
The Kiss, 1900


Poster for Beau Brummel, 1924, by Batiste Madalena, specifically for the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, N.Y.


Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) Portrait Of A Girl, Charcoal on paper, 1515
9′ 6.17″ x 13′ 9.35″


Robert J. Avrech
“Tribe of Dan”
Oil stick, gesso, on Baltic Birch
6″ X 6″


“I never tried to emulate my father. Anyone trying to do that would be a second-rate carbon copy.”
— Douglas Fairbanks Jr.


Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916)
Dust Motes Dancing in Sunbeams, 1900
Oil on canvas


Hieronymus Bosch piñata by Roberto Benavidez


Eliot Erwitt
Boy With Two Large Dolls, 1950s


Tatsuya Tanaka
Miniature Calendar


Leonard Nemoy as Dr. Spock with his 1970 GTO Judge.


Rick McGinnis
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, June 2017


Poster for The Blackbird, 1924, by Batiste Madalena, for the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, N.Y.


King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella’s decree expelling the Jews from Spain, 1493.


Ric von Neumann
Baseball Mezuza
3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″
Copper, Brass, Rosewood, Reclaimed Ivory, Ash,
Algonquin Park, Canada
Read all about Ric in the Times of Israel: The non-Jewish Mezuzah Master Whose Custom Cases Are Affixed to Door Posts Around the Globe.


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  1. Bill Brandt
    Posted September 1, 2017 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    On Netflix there is a program of Peck after retirement just giving a question and answer session. One of my favorite roles is The Big Country. I am sure that under the critical eye of Roberts that movie would be in second tier status –

    For awhile there was a great web program called the Icons (?) with Steven Bogart. They interviewed a lot of classic Hollywood people and Katheryn Wyler came up. She told a lot of interesting things about the making of TBC including a feud over a scene that developed between Peck and Wyler that lasted decades. (you do have those interviews don’t you Robert?)

    She did say that she thought at times the music was overpowering (it probably is – but it endures) and her father wanted to do a bit more editing but he had to go to Italy to start Ben Hur.

    Myrna Loy sounds like she had her head on right.

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  2. Michael Kennedy
    Posted September 1, 2017 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    I wonder if it would bother Peck that his most remembered role is in the war movie “12 o’clock high?”

    Of course “To Kill a Mockingbird” is a famous role. My favorites are “Holiday in Rome” and “The Big Country.”

    “12 o’clock High” is most famous for the writing which is used in leadership seminars all the time.

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  3. Posted September 1, 2017 at 3:31 am | Permalink

    Ah, Myrna… 🙂

    (and the link for Ric von Neumann won’t work for me, Robert)

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