Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions October 20, 2017 by Robert J. Avrech 12 Comments “Too many divorces for so small a town. But then you mustn’t forget that Hollywood is a hard place to be happy unless you’re so absorbed in your work that you haven’t time to get into mischief. I do believe what I say when I tell you that no married person should leave husband or wife alone in Hollywood. There’s too much temptation. Think of all the charming, intelligent people out there.”– Dolores del Rio Jules OlitskiCleopatra Flesh1962Synthetic polymer paint on canvas8′ 8″ x 7′ 6″ (264.2 x 228.3 cm)MOMA Richard AvedonJohn Ford, film director, Bel Air, CaliforniaApril 11, 1972 Pieter de Hooch (1629–after 1684) Title Interior with Women beside a Linen Chest 1663oil on canvasHeight: 70 cm (27.6 in). Width: 75.5 cm (29.7 in). Dorothea LangeCable Car, San Francisco, 1956 Arthur SzykThe Four Sons,’ 1934, from The Passover Haggadah.Robbins Family Collection, Palo Alto, California Bette Davis with her Bette Davis doll at the Film Advisory Board Dinner, April 3, 1982 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California Greta Garbo by Ruth Harriet Louise, 1925“I’m a rather unreliable human being. As a traveling companion I don’t recommend myself —I’m too much of a menace. I’m not much company because when the evening descends I usually disappear. I wouldn’t have breakfast with you, either. Lunch and the whole day, but no morning and no evening. If you think you’re going to have company all day I may as well tell you now, you’re not. You’d be saying, “Hell, what do I do all day by myself?” So I don’t recommend myself. It’s not too good to go with maniacs.”—Greta Garbo James NaresUntitled2004Oil on paper59 1/2 x 45″ (151.1 x 114.3 cm)MOMA Richard AvedonBrigitte BardotJanuary 1959 Pieter de HoochThe Bedroom1658-166051 cm × 60 cm (20 in × 24 in)Location National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Richard AvedonSunny Harnett in Paris, 1954. Arthur Szyk (1894−1951). My People. Samson in the Ghetto, (The Battle of the Warsaw Ghetto), 1945 Watercolor, gouache, ink, and graphite on paper. Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection, Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, University of California, Berkeley Delahaye type 165, 1938 Alfred Hitchcock frames Ingrid Bergman on the set of Spellbound, 1945.“I have always thought I will go on acting and acting and acting because I belong to these people of the theatre and the movies and the make-believe world we create… After all, they always need an old witch in some production or other, especially around Christmas time. So at the end of my life, I’ll be ready and there.”—Ingrid Bergman Milton AverySea Grasses and Blue Sea1958Oil on canvas60 1/8″ x 6′ 3/8″ (152.7 x 183.7 cm)MOMA Rick McGinnisMontreal, Sept. 2017 Pieter de HoochA Woman with a Child in a Pantry165865 cm × 60.5 cm (26 in × 23.8 in)Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Alternative movie poster for The Godfather by Marie Bergeron. Tatsuya Tanaka“Slanting Rain”From the Miniature Calendar series Richard Avedon, Dovima in an Evening Gown by Cristobal Balenciage, Harper’s Bazaar, UK, 1950 Arthur SzykArsenal of Democracy,’ also known as ‘Democracy at Work,’ 1942.Property of a Private Collector, New York. Lauren Bacall for Royal Crown Cola, 1946. Karen and I reflect upon our reflection in this outdoor sculpture in Jerusalem, October 2017. Livia Yarden wishes all our friends and relatives a lovely and inspirational Shabbat.