Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Ann Miller, c.1944
“There’s definitely a place for real glamour – and a real woman must be in her late 30’s or early 40’s because the young ones haven’t the foggiest idea what it’s all about.”
—Ann Miller in 1971

Norman Rockwell
Little Girl Looking Downstairs at Christmas Party
Painted for the cover of the December 1964 issue of McCall’s


Rick McGinnis
Junction, Toronto, 2003


Belgian poster for Rear Window


Greta Garbo by Olaf Ekstrand, 1923


Edward Hopper,
Rooms for Tourists, 1945
oil on canvas
Private Collection
107.06 x 76.83 cm


“You aim at all the things you have been told that stardom means–the rich life, the applause, the parties cluttered with celebrities. Then you find that you have it all. And it is nothing, really nothing. It is like a drug that lasts just a few hours, a sleeping pill. When it wears off, you have to live without its help.”
—Susan Hayward


Milton Avery
The Seamstress, 1944
oil on canvas
48 by 32 inches


Myrna Loy
by Horst P. Horst, 1941


French poster for Dial M for Murder


Terry Spencer, British Children, Outdoor Games in London Suburbs, 1970


1914 Stutz Bearcat, America’s first sports car. Notice the diminutive monocle windshield.


“A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.” —Brigitte Bardot


Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449-1494)
Portrait of a Woman (ca. 1490)
tempera on panel
20 3/8 x 15 5/8 in.


Actress Coleen Gray having breakfast before shooting, 1949. I interviewed Coleen in 2007. She passed away in 2015.


French poster for Suspicion


Arthur “Weegee” Fellig
In the Movie Theater, 1945


Robert J. Avrech
“Ain Sof”
Acrylic on canvas
Width: 48 inches, Height: 30 inches, 2018


David Peat
Kids walking through the Streets of Glasgow, 1945


Ruth, Queen of Hearts by Arthur Szyk Heroes of Ancient Israel: Playing Card Art published by Historicana, 1930s.


Hasidic Children in Jerusalem, photo by Viviane Nathan


Lielle Meital wishes all our friends and relatives a lovely Shabbat and a joyous Shavuot. Lielle’s crown says: “God hears prayer.”


Ed Ruscha, THE END #40 2003

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  1. Kimosabbe
    Posted May 23, 2018 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    In Fellig’s “In The Movie Theater”, the young man didn’t bother to take off his 3-D glasses before giving his sweetie a kiss 🙂

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted May 25, 2018 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

      He wants to kiss her in 3D:-)

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  2. peter
    Posted May 19, 2018 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    Your painting is so deeply touching, thoughtful, and inspiring all at the same time.
    As I am writing this email and looking at the painting, at the same moment my Ham radio on my desk is just picking up typical background static/noise. This noise from eternity and your picture depicting the eternity of G-D is eerie!
    I’ve always thought “Ain Sof” is such a wonderful name, better yet, description, for G-D.
    Do you know when it was first used? I feel it might have been in the times of Isaac Luria.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted May 25, 2018 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much for the kind words about my art.

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  3. Bill Brandt
    Posted May 18, 2018 at 2:03 am | Permalink

    and Lielle Meital is absolutely right: God does hear prayer. I am working in my head on one prayer he really answered for me years ago.

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  4. Bill Brandt
    Posted May 18, 2018 at 1:57 am | Permalink

    Love the picture of the British children! The Glasgow scene looks so depressing.

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    • Michael Kennedy
      Posted May 18, 2018 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

      Two characters from my favorite Neville Shute novel, “Trustee from the Toolroom” were from Renfrew, a suburb of Glasgow, and which is described as a slum.
      Shute’s most famous novel was “on the Beach,” which I read in college and almost dropped out of school. He hated the movie and there is a story that his death was caused by his anger at the changes in the story by the movie.

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