Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“Marilyn was a very calculating girl. She was never late on our set, I’ll tell you that. She was trying to get me to go to bed with her while she was trying to get Howard [Hawks, the director] to do the same thing! We both knew it and—I can speak only for myself—it turned me off. Completely.”
—Cary Grant via An Affair to Remember by Maureen Donaldson and William Royce
Marilyn Monroe and Cary Grant in a scene from Monkey Business, 1952.


Meredith Frampton (1894–1984)
Portrait of Lady Frampton
Oil paint on canvas
616 x 451 mm
Tate Museum


Photo by Herbert Dombrowski (1917-2010)


War poster by Bernard Perlin (1918-2014), 1942


Leonardo da Vinci


Alternative poster for Vertigo by Jonathan Burton


Debra Paget and her 1955 Cadillac


Lorser Feitelson (1898-1978)
Oil and enamel on canvas
Canvas: 60″ x 40″; Frame: 60.5″ x 40.5”


“[Joan Fontaine was a] bitch. She was no fun on the set of Gunga Din, in which she also appeared with me, and she was no fun during this. She had one big fat head about herself. It wasn’t hard to play someone who looked as if he wanted to kill her!” via An Affair to Remember by Maureen Donaldson and William Royce.
Joan Fontaine and Cary Grant in Suspicion, 1941.

Meredith Frampton (1894–1984)
Marguerite Kelsey, 1928, Oil on canvas
1208 x 1412 mm
Tate Museum



War poster by Bernard Perlin, 1943


Leonardo da Vinci
Head of a Woman


Alternative poster for Rear Window by Laurent Durieux


Clyfford Still (1904-1980)
1948 Oil on canvas 80 7/8 x 68 3/4 in. (205.4 x 174.6 cm)


Greta Garbo’s 1932 Duesenberg J 481


“I fell in love with her [Sophia Loren] and I like to think she fell in love with me, at least for a time. I know she did while we were in Avila and we were going to out-of-the-way restaurants in the hills. It was terribly romantic… She broke my heart.” via An Affair to Remember by Maureen Donaldson and William Royce
Sophia Loren and Cary Grant in The Pride and the Passion, 1957

Meredith Frampton (1894-1984)
Portrait of a Young Woman
Oil paint on canvas
2057 x 1079 mm
Tate Museum


Photo by Herbert Dombrowski


Leonardo da Vinci
Head of a Young Girl


Alternative poster for Dial M for Murder by Marie C.


Clark Gable’s 1935 Duesenberg Model JN


Clark Gable with his Dusenberg, 1930s.


Bernard Perlin (1918-2014)
Orthodox Boys
Tempera on board
762 x 1016 mm
Tate Museum


Ariel and Pinchas wish all our friends and relatives a lovely Shabbat and a meaningful Yom Kippur fast. May you be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life.



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  1. Barry
    Posted September 30, 2017 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Cary Gant lived into his eighties and for most of that time he was Cary Grant, not Archibald, or do you call Marilyn Monroe Norma, Kirk Douglas, Issur, John Wayne, Marion, or Clark Gable, Billy?

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  2. Bill Brandt
    Posted September 30, 2017 at 12:22 am | Permalink

    Debra looks all pimped-out in her Cadillac. Money and good taste aren’t a given.

    Or maybe it is just me 😉

    Marilyn always came across to me as some innocent sexy vulnerable woman – I guess she was anything but.

    I want to say that on the whole, Duesenbergs were known more for engineering than beauty – but it depended on who did the body work. I believe you just bought the chassis – and each one was tested at the Indy speedway to go 100. Gable’s Duesie is ugly to me but then Garbo’s is a thing of beauty IMO.

    Love Herbert Dombrowski’s work. Which the photos – particularly the city life series – were dated but I would guess early 50s Germany.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted October 2, 2017 at 4:54 am | Permalink

      I think Gable’s Dusie is beautiful. Eye of the beholder and all that.

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  3. Posted September 29, 2017 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    Another fantastic edition, Robert, even without Myrna or BB. 🙂

    Archibald Leach certainly didn’t hold back his opinions about his co-stars, did he?

    I love the cars this week, and the movie posters. Leonardo was so talented… truly a master artist. Now, I need to look up the photographer named Herbert Dombrowski… great photos.

    Your grand kids are still adorable and hope you have a wonderful Sabbath!

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted October 2, 2017 at 4:53 am | Permalink

      Thanks so much for the kind words. Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

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