Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“I have always had a special respect for Kathleen [Byron] ever since she pulled a gun on me. It was a revolver, a big one, U.S. Army issue, and it was loaded. A naked woman and a loaded gun are persuasive objects.”
—Director Michael Powell on his tumultuous relationship with actress Kathleen Byron, via: Million Dollar Movie by Michael Powell, one of the best movie autobiographies ever written.


Samuel van Hoogstraten (1627–1678)
Letter Board
circa 1662
oil on canvas
50 x 69 cm


Amelia Earhart’s travel clock, 1932


Lauren Bacall (Betty Joan Perske; 1924 – 2014)) in a 1943 photo by John Engstead for Harper’s Bazaar. It was this photo that led to her discovery by Howard Hawks and a starring role in his film To Have and Have Not in 1944 where she met and fell in love with Humphrey Bogart. © The Kobal Collection


Photo by Solve Sundsbo


“You could put all the talent I had into your left eye and still not suffer from impaired vision.”
—Veronica Lake


Francesco Bacchiacca (1494–1557)
Portrait of a Woman and Child
1525 to 1535
oil on panel


Kathie: “I don’t want to die.“
Jeff: “Neither do I, baby, but if I have to, I’m going to die last.”
Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer in Out of the Past (1947).
Screenplay by Daniel Mainwaring
Based on “Build My Gallows High” 1946 novel by Daniel Mainwaring



Dovima wears a gown by Balenciaga in a 1950 photo by Richard Avedon for Harper’s Bazaar


Andy Galsworthy
Dead and Live Leaves


Joe DiMaggio’s Patek Phllippe, 1948


“I can’t play a loser. I don’t look like one.”
—Rock Hudson


Samuel Van Hoogstraten (1627-1678)
The Slippers
oil on canvas
103 x 70 cm


Kim Novak listens to a fortune teller in Armando’s Restaurant in New York, 1956, photo by Leonard McCombe


1956 Jaguar XK 140 MC Roadster


Gush Katif (2005)
Photo by Rina Castelnuovo
One of many powerful photographs Castelnuovo took during the expulsion of Jews from their homes in Gaza.


Robert J. Avrech
Red Harvest
Acrylic, ink, gesso, on Baltic Birch
6″ X 6″


Lielle wishes all our friends and relatives a peaceful Shabbat…


And Pinchas Tzvi wishes all our friends and relatives an inspirational Chanukah.


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  1. Posted December 16, 2017 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    Kim Novak always gave off a broken-ness (perfectly utilized in her role in Vertigo) that this picture just underlines.
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  2. Michael Kennedy
    Posted December 16, 2017 at 5:03 am | Permalink

    When I was a teenager, my father owned a golf driving range. One regular customer owned the first XK 140 I had ever seen. One night he rolled it over on a curve not far from the golf range. What a waste ! I think he was married to the daughter of the man who owned the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami.

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  3. Bill Brandt
    Posted December 15, 2017 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    The line from Director Powell reminded me of this line from The Whole Nine Yards

    Didn’t know you were a painter Robert! You are multi talented!

    That Jag – is probably what, at the age of 6, launched me to gearhead status in 1956. A friend of my parents, Ned Lutz, took me for a ride in his new British Racinkg Green Jaguar XK-140, in 1956 down Goodland Ave in Studio City.

    I never looked back.

    Sir William Lions had a talent for offering the most car for the least money.

    BTW you being a movie history buff, if Sir William weren’t so frugal, the movie James Bond as we know him would have been a Jaguar fan and not an Aston Martin fan.

    When the cash-strapped producers were making Goldfinger, they needed a car for Bond and approached Jaguar with an appeal to loan them to of their new fabulous E-Types.

    (that is a car that even today, 56 years after its introduction at the Geneva auto show, still gets admiring stares).

    Sir William told them to buy them just like everyone else.

    This was of course before the days of what we know as Product Placement, where companies will gladly pay studios money to show their product on the big screen.

    Anyway, rebuffed at Jaguar, they went to near-bankrupt Aston Martin who was glad to loan them 2 silver DB-5s.

    The rest, as they say, is history.

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  4. Wein1950
    Posted December 15, 2017 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    First, lottsa room for apple sauce on Lielle’s latkis plate.
    Second, on the 2nd day of Chanukah, Pinchas Zvi has 3 Menorah’s, one for each candle. Will 9 Menorah’s fit on his table on the 8th day?
    Third, Rock Hudson’s comment sounds shallow and flippant: Looks are superficial! How many self-made, wealthy philanthropists don’t look like winners because they are modest, thankful, and not showy? Is Warren Buffet a better actor than RH was? Buffet still drives a Mercury Marquis after turning his original savings of $150,000 into over $50 billion. He is considered a winner but doesn’t especially look/act like one.

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    • Wein1950
      Posted December 15, 2017 at 7:42 am | Permalink

      …Fourth, and what a paint job on that Jaguar! Whoops, now I’m being superficial; weren’t those old Jaguars always in the shop being mechanically repaired?

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      • Robert J. Avrech
        Posted December 15, 2017 at 9:28 am | Permalink

        All Jaguars are always in the shop. But they look good while being repaired.

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        • sennacherib
          Posted December 15, 2017 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

          It has to have an oil spot under it or it ain’t British.

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        • Bill Brandt
          Posted December 15, 2017 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

          Among Jaguar fans there was a joke that you always needed 2 of the same model: to suffice when one was in the shop.

          That changed more or less, when Ford bought Jaguar. They told Jaguar’s suppliers that if they didn’t straighten up, they would lose Ford’s busiess, too.

          That inline 6 was a beautiful engine – but it suffered from a marginal cooling system and bad (Lucas) electrics.

          Don’t get me started on Lucas 😉

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          • sennacherib
            Posted December 16, 2017 at 5:29 am | Permalink

            Jaguars: Decades of job security for mechanics from Scotland to Cornwall.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted December 15, 2017 at 9:27 am | Permalink

      We would never cast Buffett as a millionaire. Perhaps as a waiter in the Catskills. Hollywood casts by type. So Rock Hudson would definitely get the millionaire’s part.

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      • sennacherib
        Posted December 16, 2017 at 5:30 am | Permalink

        Sort of the F. Scott type of millionaire.

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    • Barry
      Posted December 15, 2017 at 11:51 am | Permalink

      Rock Hudson is quite right in his comment, and he also could not play a short guy. We cast to type often enough.

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  5. Posted December 15, 2017 at 5:49 am | Permalink

    Have a wonderful Chanukah and a Blessed holiday season, Robert.

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