Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“I have many regrets, and I’m sure everyone does. The stupid things you do, you regret… if you have any sense, and if you don’t regret them, maybe you’re stupid.”
—Katherine Hepburn

‘Portrait of the Actress Johanne Luise Heiberg’ (1841) by Emilius Ditlev Bærentzen; Thorvaldsens Museum, Copenhagen


Amelia Earhart visits Myrna Loy on the set of Wings In The Dark (1934)


‘Cleopatra’ (c. 1662-3) by Elisabetta Sirani (1638-1665)


Toto Koopman wears a Mainbocher gown in a photo by George Hoyningen-Huene for Vogue, 1935


Piero Della Francesca
Battista Sforza and Federico da Montefeltro, ca. 1474
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence


Brigitte Bardot on her first wedding day to Roger Vadim, 1952. They divorced in 1957.


Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher on their wedding day, 1959. They divorced in 1964.


Richard Avedon
Groucho Marx, Beverly Hills, California, 1972
“I got $25 from Reader’s Digest last week for something I never said. I get credit all the time for things I never said. You know that line in You Bet Your Life? The guy says he has seventeen kids and I say: ‘I smoke a cigar, but I take it out of my mouth occasionally’? I never said that.”
—Groucho Marx, interview with Roger Ebert, “Esquire” Magazine 1972


‘Portrait of Johanne Luise Heiberg’ (1858-9) by Wilhelm Marstrand;
The Museum of National History, Frederiksborg Castle, Hillerød, Denmark


Olivia de Havilland applies for U.S citizenship, 1939


Stephen Shore (American, b. 1947)
West 9th Avenue, Amarillo, Texas, October 2, 1974
Chromogenic colour print, printed 2013
17 × 21 3/4″ (43.2 × 55.2 cm)
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Acquired through the generosity of an anonymous donor
© 2017 Stephen Shore


Christopher Dresser (British, 1834-1904)/ Alessi (Italy) “Teapot” designed 1880 silver-plated brass, wood 6.5 x 12 x 6.5” Limited reproduction of the original by James Dixon & Sons, England.


The poster for Next Stop Greenwich Village (’76)—a wonderful movie—was designed by the legendary Milton Glaser.


Brigitte Bardot and Jacques Charrier on their wedding day, 1959. They divorced in 1962.


Dovima by Virginia Thoren 1957



John Wayne and his first wife, Josephine (b. Josephine Alicia Saenz) 1934. They were married from 1933 to 1945.
John Wayne, a struggling actor, met Josephine when she was 16 years-old. He courted her for seven years. All the while Wayne toiled away in mediocre Poverty Row westerns. His big break came when director John Ford cast him as the Ringo Kid in Stagecoach, 1939.


Dovima in a photo by Horst P. Horst for Vogue, September, 1950


“The girl next door wasn’t really the girl next door. She was the girl next door to the movie star next door. There’s something in all my early performances…I don’t know how to describe it except to say that it’s so 1940s…It’s not that I wasn’t thinking the right thing. I was, but the thought is dressed in something prettier. We were all used to that technique. You were doing the real thing as that girl would do it if she were perfect.”
— Teresa Wright (1918-2005)


“Portrait of Vivien Leigh.” 1942 by Augustus John (1878-1961). Oil on canvas. 91.5x71cm., 36x28in.
The painting was commissioned by Leigh’s husband Laurence Olivier. However Olivier did not allow John to properly finish the portrait after he grew suspicious of John’s affection for Leigh.


Eliot Erwitt
Boy With Two Large Dolls, 1950s


Edward Hopper
oil on canvas
40 in. x 60 in. (101.6 cm x 152.4 cm)


Jean Besancenot
Berber Jewish Girl, Todgha Valley, High Atlas Mountains, Morocco 1935


Indian Chieftain Limited 3, 2018


Livia and Lielle wish all our friends and relatives a lovely and inspirational Shabbat.


Ed Ruscha, The End, 2003



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  1. Bill Brandt
    Posted May 25, 2018 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    Wise words from Katheryn Hepburn. Man do I have a few regrets.

    I would think it would be hard to stay married to Elizabeth Taylor and Bridget Bardot

    The boy with the two large dolls-they are really dolls!

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  2. Barry
    Posted May 25, 2018 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Soulless works better than stupid, but either way, Katharine Hepburn was onto something.

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  3. Michael Kennedy
    Posted May 25, 2018 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Teresa Wright was very girl-next-doorish in “Best Years of Their Lives” and in “Shadow of a Doubt.” Both excellent.

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  4. Posted May 25, 2018 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    Well done, Robert.

    John Wayne, Myrna Loy, Olivia and BB — a fantastic lineup today.

    (although the photo of the boy with dolls is more than a little creepy!)

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted May 25, 2018 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

      Creepy in a cute way:-)

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