Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“When I am spotted somewhere, it means that my characterizations haven’t covered up Eleanor Parker the person. I prefer it the other way around.”
—Eleanor Parker

Félix Vallotton (1865–1925)
The Red Room
tempera on cardboard
50 × 68.5 cm (19.7 × 27 in)
Musée cantonal des beaux-arts


Gianni Berengo Gardin, Normandie, 1953


One of director Federico Fellini’s sketches of Anita Ekberg as Sylvia in La Dolce Vita.


Anita Ekberg in the famous fountain scene, La Dolce Vita, 1961


Jackson Pollock
Number 18
Oil and enamel on Masonite
22 1/16 x 22 5/16 inches (56.0 x 56.7 cm)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum


Georges Dambier
Capuchin in Hat by Jean Barthet, Arachnée, April, 1952


Theatrical robe with phoenix and floral patterns
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
19th century
Silk thread embroidery on silk satin
50 x 96 in. (127 x 243.84 cm)


Poster for the Polish release of Othello, 1959


“When I look at myself I see a person who strangely lacks what I consider the ingredients for a personality. I can see personality in other people but I can’t see any in myself. One feels that perhaps through playing so many characters one becomes a sort of nil on one’s own account.”
—Peter Sellers


Sophia Loren by Chiara Samugheo, 1965


Harry Callahan
Cuzco, 1974


Edvard Munch
Løten 1863 – 1944 Ekely/Oslo
Four Girls on the Bridge
1905, Oil on canvas, 126 x 126 cm


22 year old starlet, Marilyn Monroe, practicing ballet with dance instructor Nico Charisse in Hollywood, 1948.


Matteo Rosselli
The Triumph of David, 1610
Galleria Corsini, Florence


This is the Parmigiani Bugatti wrist watch.


The Parmigiani Bugatti looks great, but telling time is a bit challenging.


The Parmigiani Bugatti can be yours for $560.00


Oops, I mean $560,000.


Rick McGinnis
Hamilton, ON, August 2017


“I would rather lose a good earring than be caught without make-up.”
—Lana Turner


The Chess Players
Liberale da Verona (Italian, Verona ca. 1445–1527/29 Verona)
ca. 1475
Tempera on wood
Dimensions:Overall 13 3/4 x 16 1/4 in. (34.9 x 41.3 cm); painted surface 13 1/8 x 15 7/8 in. (33.3 x 40.3 cm) New York Metropolitan Museum of Art


Elliot Erwitt
New York City, 1950


Tatsuya Tanaka
Miniature Calendar


1935 Bugatti Type 57 Grand Raid Roadster


Melvin Sokolsky
Bubble on the Seine
For Harper’s Bazaar, 1965


Vintage Rosh Hashanah greeting card.


An Israeli soldier at the Kotel wishes all our friends and relatives a lovely and inspirational Shabbat. (photo by Karen Singer Avrech)

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  1. Bill Brandt
    Posted September 15, 2017 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    Holy cow! That Anita Ekberg – I am going to have to do some Googlin’. Never understood the appeal of Jackson Pollack.

    Poor Peter Sellers.

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  2. Michael Kennedy
    Posted September 15, 2017 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    Anita Ekberg was a marvel of nature.

    Her career wasn’t much, though. She skipped acting lessons, although I can see why.

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  3. Posted September 15, 2017 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    1) I love the Bugatti watch, but…

    2) I’d rather have the Bugatti Roadster.

    3) When I saw the Fellini drawing, I thought Anita Elkberg was pregnant… nope! I guess I should have been known better — he was known as a breast man!

    4) I think Lana Turner is keenly aware that makeup represented the facade of “celebrity fame” and without it, she was just Julia Jean Turner. I think she was married 7 times, so there were probably other issues at work as well…

    5) I, too, love the soldier photo, but it *really* should have been before your grand-kids and a Fini/The End photo 🙂

    Have a wonderful Sabbath!

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  4. Posted September 15, 2017 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Nico Charisse was Cyd Charisse’s dance instructor and husband.

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  5. Wein1950
    Posted September 15, 2017 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    Was blown away by Peter Sellers’ expression of his own self-awareness perception. Lana Turner’s superficial make-up remark, not so much. I’m thinking that many of the great actors retain pieces of the characters they study; I’m also thinking — what do I really know about this!? I loved the final photo of the Israeli soldier but, Robert, your followers have been programmed to anticipate a finale comprised of grandchildren. Looking forward to a return to the traditional format, I remain …

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