Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“Being an actress is like living in a show window. It’s the price you pay.”
— Madeleine Carroll

Peter Paul Rubens
Old Woman And A Boy With Candles
1616 – 1617
Oil on panel
Height: 79 cm (31.1 in). Width: 64 cm (25.2 in)


Rick McGinnis
High Park, Toronto, 1999


Yiddish movie poster for King Kong, 1933


Snapshot of Olivia de Havilland, 1935


Dovima by William Helburn 1955


“I’ve tried to feel that working in Hollywood was a way of earning a living like any other job. I’ve seen too many kids believe their own publicity and that’s sure death.”
—RIP Dorothy Malone (1925-2018)


Dorothy Malone won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in “Written on the Wind” (’56). But I think her work in “The Tarnished Angels” (’57) is the best of her career.


Dorothy Malone as the hard drinking parachutist LaVerne Shumann in “The Tarnished Angels.”


Model wearing an afternoon dress by Christian Dior in a photo by Mark Shaw, Paris, 1957


John French
Black and White Shoes 1959


Diego Velázquez
Spanish, 1599 – 1660
The Needlewoman
c. 1640/1650
oil on canvas
overall: 74 x 60 cm (29 1/8 x 23 5/8 in.)
framed: 102.2 x 88.3 x 7.6 cm (40 1/4 x 34 3/4 x 3 in.)
Andrew W. Mellon Collection, National Gallery of Art


Brigitte Bardot and Leslie Caron in Cannes, 1953


“For a long time, I tried to live up to something that was in people’s minds. I don’t know what it is they want, nor do they, but movie stars fulfill some lack in people’s lives. What I realized long ago is that any time people put you on a pedestal, you’re doomed to disappoint. I can’t possibly be who they want me to be because, mainly, they want me to answer all their dreams. But we’re just people with flaws, insecurities. Maybe more insecurities than anybody else.”
—Faye Dunaway


Dovima wearing a wrap by Brooke Cadwallader at the Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt, 1952, photo by Richard Avedon


Anne Truitt
Second Requiem
Acrylic on wood
84 x 8 x 10 inches


San Francisco, 1946, photo by Fred Lyon


James Stewart and Kim Novak
Vertigo, 1958
Screenplay by Alec Coppel, Samuel Taylor
Based on “D’entre les morts” by Pierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac
Costume Design by Edith Head
Cinematography by Robert Burks
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock


Dovima works with photographer Richard Avedon while Harper’s Bazaar editor Diana Vreeland looks on, 1955


1935 Bugatti T57 Aerolithe Coup


Nina de Voogt in a 1951 fashion photo by Horst P. Horst


Lielle, Livia, and Maayan wish all our friends and relatives a sunny and inspirational Shabbat.


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

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  1. Michael Kennedy
    Posted February 3, 2018 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    It’s nice to see Ernie’s restaurant in the “Vertigo” scenes. One of my favorite places and long gone. Julius’ Castle is gone. The Shadows is gone.

    Showing my age.

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    • Bill Brandt
      Posted February 3, 2018 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

      I think through the 60s Ernies was one of the places to go in San Francisco. I wonder if Kan’s is still there.

      Despite my living very close to San Francisco, I rarely go there anymore.

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  2. pigpen51
    Posted February 3, 2018 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    Robert,. The picture of Olivia Dehaviland is without a doubt my favorite of her. Just the glorious smile that she has on her face is enough to guarantee that any red blooded man is spoiled for the rest of the world ‘s women. Just a picture that humanizes another of those stars from yesteryear. I know that many of today’s female stars are absolutely stunning in their own right, but you have really done well this time. Not only are they gorgeous, but they are also the kind of woman who you would love to show off to your parents. Women are every bit as beautiful and smart and sexy as they were back then. You are fan of great taste and perfect ability to pick the best of the best. Well done, Robert, as expected. You never disappoint your audience, and we are grateful for your talent. Bravo, to the man who is lucking for just such a pre

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  3. Posted February 2, 2018 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    About the Horst P Horst photo, now you all know what appears when you stare at moire patterns long enough.

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  4. Bill Brandt
    Posted February 2, 2018 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    That is a beautiful picture of your grandchildren!

    Dorothy sounded like she had her head on right.

    Dovima – that is a most interesting picture of her in the plane. Maybe it is a sign of my age but my attention was split between the plane (what kind is it?) and the model

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    • Posted February 2, 2018 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

      Bill, I agree with you about the Dovima photo. I think that’s the sexiest photo I’ve ever seen of her. And I believe the plane is in the FJ-2/FJ-3 family (based on the curve in the cockpit canopy) called the Fury. It was the Navy version of the F-86 Sabre. You can see the cockpit canopy detail here:

      and here:

      I also agree with you about Dorothy Malone.

      Finally, I am stunned by Olivia DeHaviland’s youth (here she looks younger than 19 to me). I believe she is over 100 and still living…

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      • Bill Brandt
        Posted February 3, 2018 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

        Joe – you beat me to the discovery! I had posted this question to some hard core navy friends, and they eventually came up with the same conclusion.As you say the particular curvature of the canopy reveals it.

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  5. Barry
    Posted February 2, 2018 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Re The tarnished Angels. Not a great picture, but Rock Hudson perfection in it. Never better. He also, during the course of his newspaper office monologue mentions Richard Harding Davis. And the audience, both on screen and in theatre is supposed to understand the place Davis holds in American letters. Same was true in Foreign Correspondent and Somewhere I’ll Fin You. Both Clark Gable and Joel McCrea’s characters were written to assume this knowledge. No more. No assumptions, and not much knowledge.

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