Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” —Audrey Hepburn

Mary Cassatt
American painter (b.1844 Allegheny City, d. 1926 Le Mesnil-Théribus, Oise)
Woman with a Pearl Necklace in a Loge
Oil on canvas, 81 x 60 cm
Museum of Art, Philadelphia


Regine Debrise wears a Balenciaga gray wool coat in this photo by Irving Penn for French Vogue, 1950


© Juan Uslé
Vinyl, dispersion and dry pigment on canvas
18 x 24 inches
45.7 x 61 centimeters


Dennis O’Keefe, Marsha Hunt, Raw Deal, 1948
Screenplay by Leopold Atlas, John C. Higgins
Story by Arnold B. Armstrong, Audrey Ashley


Photo by Solve Sundsbo


“I have often thought that if the author of a bad book, play or story didn’t know what to do with it, he should have got in touch with some studio to which I was under contract. He could have sold it at once as a vehicle for Elissa Landi.”
—Elissa Landi
After Landi retired from acting she wrote several well regarded novels.


Danish poster for Dark Passage, 1947


Couple on a train, photo by Vivian Maier, 1956


William Chase Merritt
American painter (b. 1849, Williamsburg, d. 1916, New York)
End of the Season
c. 1885
Pastel on paper, 35 x 45 cm
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley


“At the local movie theater, boys have a very difficult time finding a place to put their long legs.”
Photo by Nina Leen for LIFE magazine, 1945


Statue of Cary Grant in Millennium Square, Bristol, England.


“Being in his physical presence was almost overwhelming. He was so beautiful, so charming, so gentle, so sensitive, and so kind – to everybody.” – Debbie Reynolds on Tyrone Power


Portrait of a Woman with a Book of Music
by Bacchiacca (Francesco Ubertini) (Italian, Florentine), (1494 – 1557)
about 1540 – 1545
Oil on panel
40 5/8 × 31 5/8 in.


Lisa Fonssagrives in a hat by Talbot
Photo Horst P. Horst, New York, 1939


Fraser Nash BMW 328, 1937


Gloria Swanson, 1939, photo by George Platt Lynes


Jews expelled from Yemen in an Israeli transit camp, 1951. Photo by Seymour Katkoff


Penn Station, New York, 1948, photo by Louis Faurer


Lielle Meital wishes all our friends and relatives a lovely and inspirational Shabbat.


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  1. serene
    Posted January 3, 2018 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    My father loved, loved, loved Myrna Loy.
    There’s still a chance to meet Olivia DeHavilland, if I can make it to Paris in the near future.
    I would have loved to have met Suzanne Pleshette.
    (Also Eleanor Parker, especially after her conversion. Greer Garson, on her ranch (to ask, among other pressing questions, why and how, in Mrs. Miniver, after getting shot up in the car at the airfield, she drove to her house and dragged her daughter-in-law out of the car and dumped her on the floor in the hallway without realizing the girl was practically dead, while she called for an ambulance to come and take her to the hospital, instead of just driving there herself). Benita Hume (Ronald Colman to George Sanders?). Sylvia Sidney. Helen Hayes.)

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  2. Bill Brandt
    Posted December 30, 2017 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Elissa Landi had a sense of humor.

    If you could meet one movie star that is now gone, who would it be?

    My choice would be Audrey Hepburn. She was, I believe, an elegant spirit.

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    • Michael Kennedy
      Posted December 31, 2017 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

      I have her cookbook. It was published by her son. She wanted so much to have a family but her luck with husbands was not great.

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      • Bill Brandt
        Posted December 31, 2017 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

        Her son (Sean) wrote a wonderful book about her – Audrey Hepburn: An Elegant Spirit. He describes his mother as he knew her – pretty down to earth.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted January 1, 2018 at 2:46 am | Permalink

      I would love to have met Myrna Loy.

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  3. Posted December 29, 2017 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    I love the Hepburn photo and the Frazer Nash BMW. I also like the Art Deco touches found in some of the other photos — the end caps on the row of seats in the movie theater and the escalator in the Penn Station photo.

    Finally, I think this photo of your granddaughter is my favorite one of your grand kids. She looks so happy, plus I love the artistic aspect of carousel animals.

    Have a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!

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