Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“I loved to eat. For all of Hollywood’s rewards, I was hungry for most of those 20 years.”
—Gene Tierney

‘The Matchmaker’ (1625) by Gerard van Honthorst, Centraal Museum, Utrecht


Photo by Albert Watson


Prototype Tea Service
Designed by Eliel Saarinen (American (born Finland), Rantasalmi 1873–1950 Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)
Manufacturer: International Silver Company, Wilcox Silver Plate Company Division (Meriden, Connecticut)
Date: ca. 1933–35
Electroplated nickel silver, brass, and Bakelite
Dimensions: Tea Urn, 1a-c: H. 14-1/2, D. 11 in. (36.8 x 19.7 cm)
Tray, 2: H. 5/8 Diam. 17-5/8 in. (44.5 cm)
Creamer, 3: H. 3, W. 6, D. 3-7/8 in. (7.6 x 15.2 x 9.8 cm)
Sugar Bowl, 4a,b: H. 6-3/4, W. 6, D. 3-7/8 in. (17.1 x 15.2 x 9.8 cm)
Large Tray, 5: H. 1/2 Diam. 20-3/8 in. (51.4 cm)


Marilyn Monroe on board the USS Benham, 1951. Photo by John Florea


Cartier Art Deco Lipstick Holder/Watch, circa 1930


Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal in The Fountainhead, 1949
Screenplay by Ayn Rand based on her novel


Talbot-Lago T-150 C LS Cabriolet Torpedo by Figoni et Falaschi, 1938


“In the days before zoom lenses and advanced electronics, cameras often had to be mounted on great cumbersome cranes, maneuvered by as many as 12 men, and close‐ups might well require all this to be pushed from extreme long shots to within a few inches of an actor’s face. Many found it difficult to overcome some understandable nervousness as this juggernaut ground closer and closer. Not Joan Crawford. The nearer the camera, the more tender and yielding she became—her eyes glistening, her lips avid in ecstatic acceptance. The camera saw, I suspect, a side of her that no flesh‐and‐blood lover ever saw.”
—From director George Cukor’s eulogy for Joan Crawford, 1977


‘Two Sisters’ (c.1615) by Cornelis de Vos, Sinebrychoff Art Museum, Helsinki


Photo by Albert Watson
Chloe, 1979


Thomas Nozkowski, Untitled (7-10), 1992 16” x 20” (40.6 cm x 50.8 cm). © Thomas Nozkowski Photography by Kerry Ryan McFate, courtesy of Pace Gallery.


Tea Urn
By Paul Revere Jr. (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1734–1818 Boston, Massachusetts)
Date: 1791
Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Silver, ivory
Dimensions: Overall: 22 1/4 x 10 5/8 x 10 3/8 in. (56.5 x 27 x 26.4 cm); 110 oz. 10 dwt. (3437.2 g)
Body: H. 17 15/16 in. (45.6 cm); 88 oz. 9 dwt. (2750.9 g)
Cover: 7 in. (17.8 cm); Diam. 6 in. (15.2 cm); 11 oz. 5 dwt. (350.7 g)
Insert: H. 9 13/16 in. (24.9 cm); 10 oz. 15 dwt. (335.6 g)


Horst P. Horst
Muriel Maxwell, American Vogue
© Conde Nast / Horst Estate


Snapshot of Barbara Stanwyck taken by a fan, circa 1943


Rick McGinnis
Media Day, Canadian International Auto Show, Toronto, Feb. 2018


“I haven’t had an easy life, but it sure hasn’t been a dull one. And I’m pretty proud of the way this gal has held up.”
—Lana Turner, speaking in the 1970′s


‘Nocturne at the Royal Park, Brussels’ (1897) by William Degouve de Nuncques; Musée d’Orsay, Paris


Photo by Albert Watson
Fanny With Mirrors
New York City, 2010


Miniature broad collar
Early Ptolemaic Period
Date: 332–246 B.C.
From Egypt, Eastern Delta; Probably from Tukh el-Qaramus
Gold, carnelian, turquoise, lapis lazuli
Dimensions:H. 8.6 cm (3 3/8 in.); W. 10.3 cm (4 1/16 in.)


Cary Grant chats with a fan at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, 1941


Brice Marden
Study for the Muses (Hydra Version), 1991-97, Oil on linen, 83 x 135″


French poster for Vertigo, 1958


Isaiah bulla, a 2,700-year-old clay seal impression which may have belonged to the biblical prophet Isaiah. (Ouria Tadmor/© Eilat Mazar) Full story here.


Pinchas Tzvi wishes all our friends and relatives a lovely and inspirational Shabbat.


Ed Ruscha, The End, 2003

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  1. Bill Brandt
    Posted February 24, 2018 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    I love the cameos by the stars – Until I started getting into classical movies, didn’t realize how beautiful Barbara Stanwick was.

    BTW Robert – the program TCM/Fathom events is screening vertigo next month. There has to be a theater near you showing that program. That is about the only thing that gets me to the theater these days, although someone had to explain the recently shown Philadelphia Story (shown last week) to me 😉

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  2. Hiawatha Biscayne
    Posted February 23, 2018 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    Thank you for the great collection of photos on Fridays. I look forward to it every week.

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  3. kishke
    Posted February 23, 2018 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    Title for the Nozkowski painting: The Esrog.

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  4. Michael Kennedy
    Posted February 23, 2018 at 6:17 am | Permalink

    Love the Cadillac with the fins and Continental kit.

    That Cadillac was supposed to have been designed based on the profile of the P 38.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted February 23, 2018 at 8:22 am | Permalink

      A great photo by a great photographer.

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