Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Irving Penn, Sophia Loren, New York City, 1959
“I was born wise. Street-wise, people-wise, self-wise. This wisdom was my birthright. I was also born old. And illegitimate. But the two big advantages I had at birth were to have been born wise and to have been born in poverty… I was not intrigued with the accouterments of success and fame, the furs, jewels, expensive automobiles and mansions… I can assure you that these things were not on my mind when I sat spellbound in that Pozzuoli movie house. It was what these performers on the screen were doing, not what they received for doing it.“
—Sophia Loren

Polish poster for Deep End, 1970, a superb if little known film.


Joan Crawford in Strange Cargo, 1940
Screenplay by Lawrence Hazard


Barbara Mullen in a photo by Norman Parkinson for Vogue, 1957


Norma Jeane Baker c.1941 before becoming Marilyn Monroe.


Woman with a Mysterious Medallion (1896) by Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer.
Pastel on paper
Collection of the Musée d’Orsay, Paris


“Whenever I see myself on the screen, I always think if I could do it over again I would make some little change. I always try to remember some slight expression or movement that I could improve upon, and when I have a similar part I try to make the best of it that I can. This is one advantage of being in pictures. You can see yourself as others see you, and if you are a conscientious critic you can always see room for improvement.”
— Dorothy Gish, 1920s


‘Miss C.’
(date unknown)
by Guy Orlando Rose (1867-1925)
American Impressionist
Private Collection


Cecil Beaton
Yul Brynner, c.1935


1954 Bristol 403


Suzy Parker wears a Balenciaga gown in a 1952 photo by Richard Avedon for Harper’s Bazaar


Rick McGinnis
Lima, Peru, 2003


“It’s fine to have talent, but talent is the least of it. In an acting career, as in an acting performance, you’ve got to have vitality. The secret of successful acting is identical with a woman’s beauty secret: joy in living.“
—Rosalind Russell


Alexej von Jawlensky (1864-1941, Russian)
Lady in a Yellow Straw Hat
c. 1910
86.5 x 73.5 cm
Oil on cardboard


Photo by Leombruno-Bodi


Clyfford Still (American, 1904–1980)
Untitled, 1950
Oil on canvas; 112 x 169 1/4in. (284.5 x 429.9cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Mrs. Clyfford Still, 1986 (1986.441.6)


Paul Almasy, Paris, 1950


Shabbat Candlesticks
Ori Resheff, Israeli, b. 1955
Moshav Bar-Giora, Israel, 1993
Silver: hand-worked and copper: patinated
13 11/16 × 4 1/2 in. (34.8 × 11.4 cm)



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


Ed Ruscha, The End, 2003

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  1. Posted June 8, 2018 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Back in 1973 or 74 after classes @ UCLA, while standing near the curb waiting on Westwood Blvd near Wilshire Blvd to catch the bus to go home, jaywalking across Westwood Blvd toward me was Yul Brynner. As he stepped up to the sidewalk next to me I said, “Hello.” He said, “Hello” back and continued on up Westwood toward the Village. I was struck by his height. I’m average and he was slightly shorter.

    Back then, during the 60s, 70s, & 80s, I met and talked extensively with many celebrities and celebrated, partly due to growing up in LA, mostly due to my dad’s work. He was the business manager of many. John Frankenheimer, Stirling Silliphant, Harry Julian Fink — spent 2 hours talking about screenwriting with Mr Fink in his living room while my dad worked on his accounts in another room. Actors, writers, directors, and so on, yet after all these years the picture firmly in my head is still the image of Yul Brynner walking across the street.

    Imposing is attitude, not body size.

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  2. Posted June 8, 2018 at 5:39 am | Permalink

    In regard to the Yul Brynner photo, did anyone else see a resemblance to Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory?

    Have a wonderful weekend, Robert!

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