Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions August 10, 2018 by Robert J. Avrech 8 Comments Not long before she died in 1981 at age 57, Gloria Grahame, who had acted in films signed by Frank Capra, Nicholas Ray, Josef von Sternberg, Vincente Minnelli, Elia Kazan, Fritz Lang, and Fred Zinnemann, demolished them all in one sweeping statement. “Those men never directed me,” she told an English stage director with whom she was currently working. “I’d go home and work on it with my mother, then come in and shoot it, and that would be that.”—Donald Chase, “Gloria Grahame In Praise of the Naughty Mind,” Film Comment, 1997 Gerald MurphyBibliotheque, 1926-27Oil on canvas, 73 x 53 in.Yale University Art Gallery Edouard BoubatParis, 1955 Poster for Bombshell (’33) The very first screwball comedy. Jean Harlow, world-weary and spitting wisecracks, is Lola Burns, a Hollywood sexpot. Her father and brother soak her for every penny she earns, and the studio publicity flack cooks up outrageous stunts to an already overheated reputation as the blond bombshell. Harlow, a hugely appealing and gifted comedienne, delivers the best, most energized performance of her short career. She died tragically of renal failure at age 26. And though her career was brief, she was, from 1931 to 1937, an enormous star. Depression era audiences sparked to her blond bombshell image, sensing a down-to-earth girl next door who just happened to be draped in clinging silk gowns—it was obvious she wasn’t wearing underwear—ermine robes, and diamond necklaces. In truth, like Lola, Harlow yearned for a normal life of domesticity: a comfortable home, a loving husband and happy children. Sadly, she was thwarted by her wretched choice in men, and a monstrously overbearing mother who controlled every aspect of her life and career. The great director Victor Fleming with ace screenwriters John Lee Mahin and Jules Furthman cooked up this Hollywood tale as a thinly disguised look at Fleming’s former lover, silent film star Clara Bow. Fleming observed that Bow’s life was, on the surface, a glamorous Hollywood dream, but when Bow went home at night, her mansion was a wreck filled with dog droppings. Wendell CastleMusic stand, 1972 Photo by Simon Timbers “Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work — and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.”—Lucille Ball David Thauberger (Canada)“Stop Save Gas”2015Acrylic on canvas, 34 x 46 in Aelbert Cuyp (Dutch, 1620 – 1691)A Milkmaid, about 1642 – 1646Black chalk, graphite, gray wash12.1 × 14.8 cm (4 3/4 × 5 13/16 in.) Gary Cooper’s 1931 Duesenberg Model J Derham Tourster at the Cape Cod Heritage Museum. Photo by Erwin Blumenfeld, Vogue, 1938 An unusual design that literally turns the rules of watchmaking on their side. The Tiffany East West Automatic in stainless steel with white dial has a price of US$ 4,750. tiffany.com “Listen, there is no acting style. Most people just play themselves.”—Myrna Loy Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)Olga in Pensive Mood, 1923Pastel and pencil on paper105 x 74 cmMusée national Picasso-Paris RIP Mary Carlisle, (b. Gwendolyn Witter) one of the last remaining stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Mary passed away August 1, age 104. She starred in more than sixty films from 1923 to 1943. Carlo Mollino (1905 – 1973)Arabesque table, 1949 This gold Hellenistic-era [3rd-2nd century BCE] earring recently unearthed in the City of David’s Givati Parking Lot excavations belonged to an upper class man or woman in Jerusalem. (Clara Amit, Israel Antiquities Authority) Lielle, Maayan and Livia wish all our friends and relatives a lovely and inspirational Shabbat.