Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“A woman’s hands gets me every time. More than her face, figure, clothes, anything. The girl who, when she smokes, makes the cigarette seem a part of her hand. The girl who, when she kisses you, touches your face with her hands. That always gets me down for the count.”
– Cary Grant (Modern Screen, 1941)

Katharine Hepburn driving along Montego Bay, Jamaica, with Irene Mayer Selznick, 1953.


Minor White (American, 1908-1976), Log Boom, ca. 1940, gelatin silver print, Courtesy of the Fine Arts Program, Public Buildings Service, U.S. General Services Administration. Commissioned through the New Deal art projects, public domain.


Irving Penn
Still Life
Vogue, January, 1996


Weegee (Arthur Fellig) (1899-1968)
Listening to Frank Sinatra, Palace Theatre
c. 1944
Silver gelatin print


‘Take a “Kodak” with you’ poster for Kodak cameras (c. 1920). Artwork by Fred Pegram.


For a year Greer made tests and nothing else in Hollywood. The only encouragement she got came from a black-haired actor who lived next door to the small home she and her mother had rented. One day this strange man popped his head above the hedge and stared at Greer who was working in her garden.
“Hello Red,” he said. “I hear they won’t let you make a picture. Don’t worry, it happens to all of us. You and I will make a big smash hit some day, maybe a lot of them. That’s a promise.”
The black haired actor was Walter Pidgeon, who’s been playing the mister to Greer’s missus ever since.
—Motion Picture Magazine, 1945


Paul Signac
Portrait of Félix Fénéon, 1890, oil on canvas, 73.5 × 92.5 cm (28.9 × 36.4 in), Museum of Modern Art, New York


Constance Bennett, 1932, photo by Elmer Fryer, dress by Josette De Lima


Irving Penn
Vogue, February, 2001


Diane Arbus (1923-71)
Teenage couple on Hudson Street, N.Y.C. 1963
Gelatin silver photograph


Peter Brown (active in England 1758-99)
Blue-bellied parrot
Plate VII in New Illustrations of Zoology: Containing Fifty Coloured Plates of New, Curious, and Non-Descript Birds, with a Few Quadrupeds, Reptiles and Insects, published by B. White, London 1776
Hand coloured etching
19.0 x 24.6 cm (image and plate), 24.0 x 30.5 cm (sheet)
Special Collections, Deakin University, Melbourne


“This is not a tough job. You read a script. If you like the part and the money is O.K., you do it. Then you remember your lines. You show up on time. You do what the director tells you to do. When you finish, you rest and then go on to the next part. That’s it.”
—Robert Mitchum


Audrey Hepburn and Dovima in Funny Face, 1957


Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in Israel for the filming of Exodus, 1959, photo by Leo Fuchs.


René Vincent (1879-1936)
Poster, Lithograph
117,5 × 157.5 cm
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg

Alain Delon in the Piazza San Marco, Venice, 1962, photo by Jack Garofalo


The oldest operating McDonald’s restaurant is a drive-up hamburger stand at 10207 Lakewood Blvd. at Florence Ave. in Downey, California, USA. It was the third McDonald’s restaurant, and opened on August 18, 1953. It was the second restaurant franchised by Richard and Maurice McDonald, prior to the involvement of Ray Kroc in the company, and it still has the two original 30-ft “Golden Arches” and a 60-ft animated neon “Speedee” sign that was added in 1959. The restaurant is now the oldest in the chain still in existence and is one of Downey’s main tourist attractions. Along with its sign, it was deemed eligible for addition to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984, although it was not added because the owner objected.


Sari Srulovitch
Challah set
Sterling Silver, wood. Repoussé


Lielle Meital wishes all our friends and relatives a sweet Shabbat.




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  1. Michael Kennedy
    Posted June 22, 2018 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    I loved Constance Bennet in “Topper.”

    A family friend went to Europe for a sabbatical in the 1950s. She rented her Hollywood Hills house to Mitchum. When she got back and moved back in, her next door neighbor, an actor named Hugh O’Brien , stopped by and suggested she get her gardener to dig up all the marijuana plants Mitch had planted on her hillside before the Sheriffs found them.

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    • Michael Kennedy
      Posted June 22, 2018 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

      By the way, Hugh O’Brian was a Marine Corps drill instructor at 17, during the War when Marines were tough

      Wiki doesn’t mention it but I think John Wayne had a role in getting him started in acting.

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  2. Bill Brandt
    Posted June 22, 2018 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    BTW Robert you ever see the movie the founder about Ray Kroc? pretty interesting. I think the McDonald brothers kind of got the short end of the stick

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  3. Bill Brandt
    Posted June 22, 2018 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Always liked Robert Mitchum. He seemed like a no nonsense kind of guy. When asked if some story about him in a tabloid was true he just replied “whatever it says it’s true“

    I never knew about Dovima I see her everywhere here

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  4. Posted June 22, 2018 at 4:08 am | Permalink

    Robert, I love the McDonalds building design. When I was a kid, we had a local McDonalds which looked very similar to this one. Alas, ours has been gone for many years now.

    I am puzzled by the Peugeot poster — why is the P reversed? It looks like a G to me.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted June 22, 2018 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

      Prophet Joe:
      I am just as confused as you are as to the font. Have to do some research.

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      • Posted June 25, 2018 at 8:46 am | Permalink

        Obviously, the flourish was more important than the letter.

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