Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“Mr.Hitchcock taught me everything about cinema. It was thanks to him that I understood that murder scenes should be shot like love scenes and love scenes like murder scenes.”
—Grace Kelly

Willem de Kooning.
1984. oil on canvas, 77 x 88 inches. Private collection


Carole Lombard by Edward Steichen, 1930s


Compare and Contrast:
The Corn Poppy by Kees Van Dongen (1919); Otto Lucas in Vogue UK, photographed by Norman Parkinson (1959)


Lillian Marcuson wears a veiled hat by Lily Daché in a photo by Milton Greene, New York, 1951

Art Deco Cartier Desk Clock, 1930s


Leonardo da Vinci
A Copse of Birch Trees
Kenneth Clark, the distinguished art historian, said of this drawing:”Technically it is a miracle.” How, he asks, could Leonardo sharpen a piece of red chalk so finely that he could show the boughs and leaves of the trees with such luminous clarity? The notebook containing this drawing dates from 1498 – 1502 and contains other similar drawings of trees in groups.


“A well dressed woman, even though her purse is painfully empty, can conquer the world.”
—Louise Brooks


James Nares
oil on canvas


James Nares in his studio hooked up to the flying harness that allows him to paint in his signature style.


Gene Tierney, 1940s


Lawren Stewart Harris, Canadian, 1885-1970. Mount Robson from the Northeast, 1929


Rita Moreno, 1954, photo by Loomis Dean


Gerrit Rietveld
Zig Zag Chair

Annette Funicello and her ’57 Ford Thunderbird


“I was born Margaret Middleton in Vancouver, Canada. Yvonne is my middle name, and De Carlo was my mother’s maiden name. I changed it because, well, I just wasn’t the June Allyson type. It’s not Spanish, it’s Sicilian, honey.”
—Yvonne De Carlo photo by Ray Jones, 1947


In 1550, Giorgio Vasari, the famous architect, painter, and historian published the first edition of his monumental collection of biographies, “The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects.”
In his chapter on Leonardo da Vinci, Vasari included a wonderfully descriptive paragraph about Mona Lisa’s eyebrows:
“The eyebrows, through his having shown the manner in which the hairs spring from the flesh, here more close and here more scanty, and curve according to the pores of the flesh, could not be more natural.” However, Mona Lisa does not have eyebrows or eyelashes. What’s going on? In 2007, French engineer Pascal Cotte announced that his ultra-high resolution scans of the painting provide evidence that Mona Lisa was originally painted with eyelashes and with eyebrows, but that these had gradually disappeared over time, perhaps as a result of cleaning by overzealous art restorers.


Mae Clarke (1933), photo by Clarence S. Bull


Rick McGinnis
Ally Sheedy, 1998


Joan Crawford and Eve Arden, Mildred Pierce, 1945, screenplay by Ranald MacDougall based on the novel by James M. Cain


Babylonian Talmud. with the commentary of Rashi, Tosaphoth, Piskei Tosaphoth, compendium by Asher b. Jehiel, commentary on the Mishnah by Moses Maimonides, plus index of decisions “Ein Mishpat.” 12 Volumes, Printed in Amsterdam by Immanuel Benveniste, 1644-47 (Kestenbaum & Company)


The 1938 Cartier Tank Asymétrique


Robert J.Avrech
Twelve Tribes
Acrylic on baltic birch
each panel 6″ by 6″
Framed: 29″ by 22 1/2″


Livia Yarden wishes all our friends and relatives a happy Thanksgiving and an inspirational Shabbat.


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  1. Bill Brandt
    Posted November 28, 2017 at 2:06 am | Permalink

    I am looking at Grace again and while she was undeniability hot in To Catch a Thief she looks nice just as she is – in a Girl Next Door way.

    Maybe at 0205 it is just to late and the comment section should be closed after midnight 😉

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  2. sennacherib
    Posted November 25, 2017 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    The Grace Kelly photo reminded me of two bad golf jokes:
    In golf what you call a Princess Di? Shouldn’t used a driver.
    What do you call a Princess Grace? Should have used a driver.

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  3. Posted November 25, 2017 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Grace Kelly looks so… average in that photo. In most photos she is the epitome of class and refinement. Here she could be a librarian. Do you know if this was a staged shot, or perhaps a candid shot of her reading a script? Why 2 sets of glasses?

    Cartier certainly does Art Deco well. I love that watch!

    I always thought Yvonne De Carlo was a Spanish name too…

    Robert, I’m not sure if I’ve asked this before or not. Did you create the Twelve Tribes piece, or did you acquire it? I like it a lot. Of course, you’ve been upstaged by your granddaughter and her fabulous artwork!

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted November 25, 2017 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

      The Kelly photo looks candid to me. Her eyesight was terrible.

      I painted the Twelve Tribes piece, and I’m delighted that Liv outshines me.

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      • Barry
        Posted November 26, 2017 at 8:33 am | Permalink

        That is right, and there is nothing wrong with her appearance — also nothing wrong with being a librarian, either as a profession, or matter of refinement.

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  4. Bill Brandt
    Posted November 24, 2017 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    Love the quote fron Louise and I suspect that is half true – a woman being well dressed. If she acts like Liza Doolittle before Prof Higgens, I don’t think she will get very far.

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  5. Michael Kennedy
    Posted November 24, 2017 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    The Mae Clarke photo looked like Jean Arthur.

    My mother told me the story of Gene Tierney and the woman soldier with German measles many years ago. I don’t know if the story of John Kennedy breaking off their relationship for political reasons is true.

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    • Bill Brandt
      Posted November 24, 2017 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

      One would definitely have a hate relationship with the fans after contracting measles from an over zealous fan – and affecting your baby.

      And what a selfish act of that fan.

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