Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“It’s no use talking to me about art, I make pictures to pay the rent.“
—John Ford

Irving Penn
Frozen Foods
New York City, 1977


A 1929 portrait of Dolores del Rio by Edward Steichen


“A Young Woman Warming Her Hands Over a Brazier” (c. 1650) by Caesar van Everdingen
oil on canvas
h 97 cm × w 81 cm × d 8 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam


Alfred Hitchcock, 1948, photo by Irving Penn


Hans Holbein the Younger c. 1527
Anne Cresacre


“When we did a scene together, we forgot about technique, camera angles, and microphones. We weren’t acting. We were just two people in perfect harmony. Myrna [Loy], unlike some actresses who think only of themselves, has the happy faculty of being able to listen while the other fellow says his lines. She has the give and take of acting that brings out the best.“
—William Powell

Donald Judd
Chair, 1984
Douglas fir
30 × 15 × 15 in


Jean Shrimpton wears a stiffened net picture hat by Madame Paulette, 1963, in a photo by John French


The Bovet Récital 22 Grand Récital wristwatch (limited edition of 60 pieces total) in 18k red gold can be yours for $469,800.


Artist’s signatures, top to bottom: Titian, Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Durer, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Raphael.


“Well, I think one of the main things that you have to think about when acting in the movies is to try not to make the acting show.”
—James Stewart


Master of the Female Half-Lengths (circa 1500–1530)
A Girl Playing the Lute
oil on canvas


Irving Penn
Jean Patchett in Bed on Telephone, 1949


Isaac Israëls (1865–1934)
“Gertie in a Fur Coat”
circa, 1916-1918
oil on canvas
Height: 60 cm (23.6 in); Width: 40 cm (15.7 in)


Irving Penn and his wife, model Lisa Fonssagrives, 1951, photo by Horst P. Horst


Itzhak Luvaton
Stone Omer Counter


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



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  1. Michael Kennedy
    Posted May 12, 2018 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    I have DVDs of a number of the “Thin Man” series of movies.

    I remember Ford’s brother, Francis, in “The Quiet Man” and his sometimes friend, George O’Brian in “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon,” two more favorites.

    Nice memories, I see maybe three movies a year now.

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  2. Posted May 12, 2018 at 4:01 am | Permalink

    Loy, Powell, and Stewart — 3 of my favorite actors. Well done, Robert!

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  3. Bill Brandt
    Posted May 11, 2018 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Didn’t I see that Bovet on the Home Shopping Network? James Stewart – the more I have learned about him (chiefly here) the more I admire him. I think Spencer Tracy said a similar thing about acting?

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  4. Wein1950
    Posted May 11, 2018 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    Referring to the photo above of Miss Livia Yarden, wasn’t it she who said: ““Well, I think one of the main things that you have to think about when posing for a photo is to try not to make the posing show.” I recall that years ago James Stewart was quoted to having said something similar about acting. A reversing of the timeline indicates that James unknowingly plagiarized Livia. 🙂

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  5. Barry
    Posted May 11, 2018 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    Regarding John Ford: All he means is that the ‘art’ comes out of the work and everything else is pretension. Stewart says the same thing.

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