Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions July 6, 2018 by Robert J. Avrech 8 Comments In 1950 when 17 year old Elizabeth Taylor showed up in the Paramount lot to shoot A Place in the Sun, people were so astonished by her beauty that there was a subdued silence wherever she went. But then she entered the Writer’s Building and writer-director Billy Wilder glanced at her and cracked: “How the hell did she ever get into motion pictures?” The Omega Wrist-Chronograph Limited Edition can be yours for just $120,000. A fashion photo by George Platt Lynes for Vogue, 1944 Rick McGinnisEllen Burstyn, Toronto, Sept. 12, 2007Back in 2002 Ellen Burstyn asked me to write a movie for her. She had found the property and was serving as star and coproducer. I said yes without hesitation because I was a huge fan of Ellen’s work. The film, produced for ShowTime, is called Within These Walls and also stars Laura Dern. Both women deliver outstanding performances. The funny thing about this movie, at least for me, is that dogs play a major role in the narrative. I am not a dog person. But the truth is that the dogs in the film are just a way to dramatize and amplify human emotion. It’s a genuinely effective film about crime, guilt, punishment, prison, and some measure of redemption. It was a distinct honor and joy to work with Ellen. While shooting his films director George Steven would frequently break off a scene, then take a long break and just walk around thinking, not saying a word to anybody. No one knew what was going on in his mind during these extended breaks. Finally, Ginger Rogers, with whom he was having an affair during the production of Swing Time (’36), announced to the crew: “I know exactly what George is thinking about. Nothing. Absolutely, f***ing nothing.” Paul Signac (France, 1863–1935)Woman With Umbrella1893oil on canvasHeight: 81 cm (31.8 in); Width: 65 cm (25.5 in)Musée d’Orsay Model wearing a hat and coat by British designer Edward Molyneux in a 1936 photo by Cecil Beaton 1930 Cadillac V16 452-A Roadster In 1955 James Dean, 24, and Ursula Andress, 19, went on a few awkward dates. Said Andress about Dean: “He a boy, not a man.” James Nares, Untitled, 2008, Oil on board14 x 11 in. Lauren Bacall in a 1943 photo by John Engstead for Harper’s Bazaar. It was this photo that led to her discovery by director Howard Hawks and a starring role in his film To Have and Have Not in 1944 where she met and fell in love with Humphrey Bogart. © The Kobal Collection Jozef Israëls, Dutch (1824–1911)A Jewish Wedding1903oil on canvas53 15/16 x 58 1/4 in. (137 x 148 cm)Current locationRijksmuseum Lielle Meital wishes all our friends and relatives a lovely and inspirational Shabbat.