Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“How many women do we know who were continually kissed by Clark Gable, William Powell, Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy and Fredric March? Only one: Myrna Loy… And to meet whom did Franklin D. Roosevelt find himself tempted to call off the Yalta Conference? Myrna Loy. And to see what lady in what picture did John Dillinger risk coming out of hiding to meet his bullet-ridden death in an alley in Chicago? Myrna Loy, in Manhattan Melodrama.
—Lauren Bacall on the greatness of Myrna Loy

Federico Zandomeneghi, 1841 – 1917, Italian Impressionist
Woman in Corset
Pastel on paper


Rick McGinnis
Barcelona, 1998

Cartier Crash Radieuse
Limited to 50 numbered pieces. Powered by a mechanical, manual-winding movement, Cartier Caliber MC 8970. Price to be announced in January.


Spencer Tracy takes Madge Evans’ photo on the set of The Show-Off, 1934.


Michael (Al Pacino) to Carlo (Gianni Russo)
The Godfather, 1972
Screenplay by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola Based on the novel “The Godfather” by Mario Puzo


Alternative poster for The Godfather by Daniel Drummond.


“Forty pictures I was in, and all I remember is ‘What kind of bra will you be wearing today, honey?’ That was always the area of big decision – from the neck to the navel.”
—Donna Reed


Vilhelm Hammershøi
Denmark, 1864-1914
Interior with Piano and Woman in Black 
Oil on canvas
63 × 52.5 cm


Promotional ad for the 1933 version of Little Women.


Photo by Helena Almeida


Art Deco Pair of Marc Erol Candlesticks for La Cremaillere, 1930


Joan Fontaine as Lina McLaidlaw, Suspicion, 1941.


Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello


“When you become a star, you don’t change. Everyone else does.”
—Kirk Douglas


John White Alexander (United States, Pennsylvania, 1856-1915)
Bronze Bowl
circa 1895
Oil on canvas
Canvas: 24 × 19 1/2 in. (60.96 × 49.53 cm); Frame: 31 1/2 × 27 3/16 × 1 3/4 in. (80.01 × 69.06 × 4.45 cm)


Marlene Dietrich
Photo by Irving Penn, 1948


Tobi Kahn
Study for UKLAH
Acrylic on handmade paper, 2017


Photo by Romualdas Rakauskas


Cartier Pocket Watch. Manual winding. Lapis Lazuli case with applied gold Roman chapter ring (50 mm ). Circa 1970’s.


Little Berber Jewish girl with henna tattoos, Morocco,1930


Ariel Chaim wishes all our friends and relatives a lovely and inspirational Shabbat.

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

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  1. pigpen51
    Posted December 26, 2017 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    Robert,. My wife is a huge fan of old movies, we watch them all the time. I just told her about your website. I have to get her to check it out. I am never disappointed when I come here. I wish I could come to the coast some day to meet you and your wife. You are a true gentleman, and a great example of a G-dly man. Anyway, thanks for all you do. And best wishes for the coming calendar year.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted December 27, 2017 at 8:15 am | Permalink

      You’re very welcome.

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  2. Barry
    Posted December 23, 2017 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    Re Gable — judge by the number of women he made love to on and off screen. Then see if you can find, even one, who confirms who confirms this. Or, you can read Rosalind Russell’s book, Life is A Banquet, in which she writes, Clark Gable really knew how to kiss a girl. Always — remember there is a moron out there ready to desecrate anyone’s memory. As in Grant is gay, someone else is… ahhhhhh!

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  3. Michael Kennedy
    Posted December 23, 2017 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    I have read about Gable’s bad breath. It was apparently his full dentures.

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  4. sennacherib
    Posted December 23, 2017 at 5:39 am | Permalink

    Hope everyone who goes that way had a good Hannukah and a Merry Christmas to those of that direction (except Chaldeans, can’t stand them, a tricky bunch, that’s where liberals came from).

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  5. Bill Brandt
    Posted December 22, 2017 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    I wonder how long Romualdas Rakauskas had to wait for that picture?

    Donna Reed – I can understand the frustration of many women – but many also use their sexual attraction to sell themselves in movies, advertising, and ….well, life.

    I read that Clark Gable had perpetual bad breath so I wonder if Myrna should be given a medal.

    Robert – have to tell you something from last night. I am at a Christmas Party, it is nice as parties go – and then the hostess wanted us to sing Christmas carols.

    Bah Humbug, thought I (of course, not saying it aloud).

    The “choir” went pretty much as they usually do with people of various voice qualities.

    When we were finished, the hostess asks this young (11 year old) girl to sing a carol.

    I am expecting to hear….a young 11 ear old girl sing.

    Imagine hearing Beverly Sills of the Metropolitan Opera singing ……Jingle Bells.

    Young Tiara Abraham is apparently a child prodigy. Member of Mensa. (which I don’t care one way or the other…so you can solve difficult puzzles?).

    But what a voice.

    Been to Carnegie Hall….twice.

    Toured Europe.


    You too would have considered just for that 3 minute rendition a memorable evening.

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  6. Posted December 22, 2017 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    While I can appreciate the artistic form of the new Cartier watch, it’s not my style. I’d much rather have the 1970s Cartier watch than the newer model.

    As for Myrna… If Betty is right, I guess I’m not the only red-blooded, American male who is smitten by her charms. 😉

    Happy Holidays!

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