Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“They say the movies should be more like life; I think life should be more like the movies.”
—Myrna Loy

Compare and Contrast:
La Mousme by Vincent Van Gogh (1888); Jessica Chastain wearing Alexander McQueen, Vogue (2013)


Margie Cato photographed by Lillian Bassman, 1950


Portrait of a Bride (1500-1506) by Lucas Cranach the Elder
Painting on lime wood
41.9 x 33.5 cm


Art Deco
Vogue Red Blocks cup and saucer, Eric Slater, 1930-1931


Barbara Stanwyck photographed in the late 1920s


Alternative Poster for Psycho by Aleksander Walijewski


“Being an 18-karat manic depressive, and having lived a life of violent emotional contradictions, I have an over-acute capacity for sadness as well as elation.”
—Frank Sinatra
“Part of the syndrome is that I just would get very depressed, and I couldn’t handle things. I didn’t know what was wrong with me and didn’t have medication to take. I am more than bipolar. I am obsessive-compulsive. I’ve got lots of different things, but all are in check with treatment.”
—Kim Novak
Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak in The Man With the Golden Arm, 1955


Barthel Bruyn the Elder (1493–1555)
Portrait of Elisabeth Bellinghausen (c.1520- 1570)
c. 1538 -1539, oil on panel
34.5 × 24 cm (13.6 × 9.4 in)


Fiona Campbell-Walter wears a gown by Christian Dior in a 1951 photo by Henry Clarke


Crandall New Model typewriter, 1887


Milton Avery
Sunset Sea , 1960
oil on canvas
32 by 46 inches (81.3 by 116.8 cm)


Debra Paget, c. late 1940s


Compare and Contrast:
Mosaic of Empress Theodora at the Church of San Vitale (547); Dolce & Gabbana Fall Ready to Wear (2013)


“I have understood that the most important things are tenderness and kindness. I can’t do without them.”
—Brigitte Bardot


Adam de Coster (Mechelen 1585/6 – 1643 Antwerp)
A young woman holding a distaff before a lit candle,
oil on canvas,
52 3/4 by 37 3/8 in.; 134 by 94.9 cm.


Fashion photo by Gordon Parks for LIFE magazine, 1952



Side chair designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) for Hous’hill drawing room in 1904.


Richard Widmark to Jean Peters, Pickup on South Street, 1953, screenplay by Sam Fuller, story by Dwight Taylor.


1939 Delahaye Type 165 Cabriolet


The 1928 Cartier Tank á Guichet


Ingrid Bergman, before coming to America., c. 1930s


Seder Tephiloth mikol HaShanah [prayers for the whole year], according to the Ashkenazic rite with instructions in Yiddish. Printed entirely on vellum in Mantua by Venturino Roffi nello for Meir b. Ephraim and Yaakov b. Naphtali, 1558. (Kestenbaum & Company)

Robert J. Avrech
Beware the Evil Eye
Souk, Jerusalem


Lawren Stewart Harris, born: 1885, Ontario, Canada, died: 1970, Vancouver, Canada. “Pine Tree and Red House, Winter City,” 1924


Celia Singer, Z’L,my mother-in-law, who passed away on Wednesday. This Kodak moment was taken when Celia was a teenager, growing up in Lowell, Mass. where her father was the rabbi of a congregation. The synagogue brought Rabbi Eliyahu Kahn and his family from Lithuania to America thereby saving their lives. Celia was seven years old when she came to America. Her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins were murdered by the Nazis in 1941. My mother-in-law went to college and became a Social Worker. She was a loyal wife to Rabbi Pinchas Tzvi Singer, and devoted mother to their four children: Rena, Karen, Naomi, and David. Celia was a striking woman with blonde hair and flashing blue-gray eyes. I told her that she looked like Lee Remick. She said: “Does that mean you’re going to put me in one of your movies?” Rebbetzin Celia will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her.


Livia Yarden wishes all our friends and relatives a sweet and inspirational Shabbat.


Ed Ruscha, END, 1983, oil on canvas, 36 x 40 inches


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  1. Bill Brandt
    Posted November 18, 2017 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    Last Sunday though TCM and Fathom events, I saw a digitally restored Casablanca on the big screen. What a treat. Ingrid Bergman always seemed like a tremendous screen presence with no scandals or tabloid stories.

    That 1928 watch seems just as stylish today.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted November 18, 2017 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

      You must be thinking about another Ingrid Bergman. Ingrid Bergman gave birth to Roberto Rossellini’s son and they were not married. It was a huge scandal. Bergman was barred by an act of Congress from working in America for many years. The tabloids feasted on her scandal for many years.

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      • Bill Brandt
        Posted November 18, 2017 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

        This is the Ingrid Bergman of Flatbush New York isn’t it? If so I was mistaken 😉

        I had just never heard of anything ever in the history unlike say Frank Sinatra, but I certainly defer to the professor

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      • Barry
        Posted November 19, 2017 at 8:32 am | Permalink

        I remember it well. A miscarriage of logic, but at least in those days there was a sense of order and organization. Not much, but in many ways, despite the injustice, better than we have now.

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  2. Wein1950
    Posted November 17, 2017 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    Touching tribute to your mother-in-law.
    Livia has that Shirley Temple look.
    The 1928 Cartier watch was functional until increased human life expectancy required larger size alpha numeric displays to assist the elderly (baby boomers).

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted November 17, 2017 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

      In general, wristwatches were smaller in the past. If you try on a Cartier for men from the 20s, 30s, and 4os you’ll be surprised at its diminutive size.

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  3. Posted November 17, 2017 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    – A lovely photo of your mother-in-law, Robert,

    – I love the Art Deco cup design, but I don’t think it would be practical to use…

    – The photo of Barbara Stanwyck is interesting. Her hair looks a little “damaged” (for lack of a better word). The makeup looks like thick, perhaps for a B&W silent movie? Oh, and her lips look completely painted on. Not at all the fashionable, glamours photos I’ve seen of her elsewhere.

    – The Cartier watch is simply elegant.

    – What is there about the blue on the door you photographed? Do blue doors have some significance in the Mediterranean region? Whenever I see a door painted this color, my mind immediately thinks of Israel or Greece. Both seem to use this shade of blue…

    – Of course, BB and Myrna look ravishing, as always.

    – Thoughts and prayers…

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted November 17, 2017 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

      That shade of blue is supposed to provide protection from the evil eye.
      The Stanwyck and Paget photos are remarkably candid and unretouched. I love their amateur quality.
      Greatly appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

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  4. sennacherib
    Posted November 17, 2017 at 2:30 am | Permalink

    On looking at the Cranach the Elder “Bride” one word immediately cane to mind: RUN.
    I realize your intent on the compare and contrast of Theodora and Gabbana, but few people realize that Theodora was one of those women of the ages, like Eleanor of Aquataine.

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