Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“They say the movies should be more like life; I think life should be more like the movies.”
—Myrna Loy

Interior (Model Reading), 1925, Edward Hopper


Beatrice Pearson as Doris Lowry in Force of Evil, 1948
Screenplay by Abraham Polonsky, Ira Wolfert
Based on the novel “Tucker’s People” by Ira Wolfert


Lisa Fonssagrives wears a dress by Claire McCardell in a 1952 photo by Richard Rutledge


Veronica Lake had distinctive hair… and so did Benjamin Franklin


A group photograph of MGM’s stars under contract, taken for the studio’s 20th anniversary in 1943.
James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan, Lucille Ball, Hedy Lamarr, Katharine Hepburn, Harry James, Brian Donlevy, Red Skelton, Mickey Rooney, William Powell, Wallace Beery, Tommy Dorsey, George Murphy, Jean Rogers, James Craig, Donna Reed, Dame May Whitty, Reginald Owen, Keenan Wynn, Diana Lewis, Marilyn Maxwell, Esther Williams, Blanche Ring, Sara Haden, Fay Holden, Bert Lahr, Frances Gifford, Ben Blue, Chill Wills, Keye Luke, Barry Nelson, Desi Arnaz; studio head Louis B. Mayer, Greer Garson, Irene Dunne, Susan Peters, Ginny Simms, Lionel Barrymore, Spencer Tracy, Walter Pidgeon, Robert Taylor, Pierre Aumont, Lewis Stone, Gene Kelly, Jackie Jenkins, Van Johnson, Fay Bainter, Marsha Hunt, Ruth Hussey, Marjorie Main, Robert Benchley, Ann Richards, Marta Linden, Lee Bowman, Richard Carlson, Mary Astor, June Allyson, Richard Whorf, Frances Rafferty, Spring Byington, Connie Gilchrist, Gladys Cooper, Henry O’Neill, Bob Crosby, Rags Ragland.


“Until you’re known in my profession as a monster, you’re not a star.”
—Bette Davis


‘The House Maid’ (1910) by William McGregor Paxton (1869-1941)
Oil On Canvas
30 1/8 x 25 3/16 in.
76.6 x 64 cm
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.


Tippi Hedren photographed by Gordon Parks, 1952


Dorothy Dandridge, on the set of Carmen Jones, RKO lot in Hollywood in 1954


Merle Oberon, 1942, photo by Horst P. Horst


Grant Wood (1891 – 1942)
Plaid Sweater, 1931
Oil on composition board
29 1/2 x 24 1/8 in. (74.9 x 61.3 cm)
University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City


Alfred Hitchcock and Anthony Perkins share a light hearted moment on the set of Psycho, 1960.


Japanese poster for Gun Crazy, 1950


“I adore not being me. I’m not very good at being me. That’s why I adore acting so much.”
—Deborah Kerr


Charles Demuth
Chimney and Water Tower, 1931


Dovima in a publicity photo for Funny Face, 1957. Her one line in the film is dubbed by a voice actress for comic effect.


1936 Auburn Boattial, Speedster


Havana, Cuba, 1974, Gianfranco Gorgoni


Photo by Erwin Blumenfeld, 1949


Vivian Maier
Chicago (Clark Street Theatre), late 1960s


Omer Calendar (1870) Wood, silver, gilt, enamel, glass, coral, parchment by Maurice Mayer; Hebrew Union College, Skirball Museum, Los Angeles


Livia Yarden wishes all our friends and relatives a lovely and meaningful Shabbat.


Ed Ruscha, The End, 2003

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  1. Bill Brandt
    Posted April 16, 2018 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    That MGM publicity photo is amazing. Must have been taken right after the war.

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  2. jimmo
    Posted April 13, 2018 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much for doing this array of photos each week, Robert. It is one of my weekly pleasures and I always look forward to it.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted April 13, 2018 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

      You’re very welcome.

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  3. Michael Kennedy
    Posted April 13, 2018 at 5:50 am | Permalink

    I recognized most of those faces in the MGM photos. Another sign I’m getting old. About the Auburn roadster, we were coming back to the hotel from dinner and passed a showroom in Hermosa Beach with old cars for sale. They had a 1933 Ford roadster and a Model T. I would like to have gone back and looked some more but it was late and we were only in town for the day.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted April 13, 2018 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

      I too recognize almost all the MGM faces. We’re not old… just well educated.

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    • Michael Kennedy
      Posted April 14, 2018 at 7:05 am | Permalink

      After posting that comment, I looked up prices on restored 1933 Ford Roadsters. They sell for between $ 70 and 100 thousand. I know a young man in Oregon who, as a hobby, restores them. He has six, three restored. Pretty good business plan. His real work is building winery equipment in the “wine country” of Oregon.

      No college degree, of course.

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      • Barry
        Posted April 14, 2018 at 8:23 am | Permalink

        Point well taken — especially the last line.

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    • GetThereJustAsSoon
      Posted April 15, 2018 at 11:28 am | Permalink

      I’ve noticed, over the years, how those who once looked so adult and mature now look so young to me. “Time like an ever-rolling stream …”

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  4. Posted April 13, 2018 at 4:14 am | Permalink

    That Myrna Loy quote is on the nose; I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought it myself. And I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a photo of Hitchcock smiling!

    That photo of Livia is so sweet.

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