Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“Everything about me is a contradiction, and so is everything about everybody else. We are made out of oppositions; we live between two poles. There’s a philistine and an aesthete in all of us, and a murderer and a saint. You don’t reconcile the poles. You just recognize them.”
—Orson Welles

1936 Stout Scarab: The World’s First Minivan?


Myrna Loy, 1937, photo by Laszlo Willinger


Richard Estes
Bus With Reflection of the Flatiron Building, 1966-1967
Oil on canvas
36 X 48 inches


Ruth Orkin
The Card Players, 1947


Niagara (1953)
Screenplay by Charles Brackett, Richard L. Breen, Walter Reisch
Above: Marilyn Monroe, Jean Peters and Max Showalter


“When I was five I think, that’s when I started wanting to be an actress. I loved to play. I didn’t like the world around me because it was kind of grim, but I loved to play house. It was like you could make your own boundaries… When I heard that this was acting, I said that’s what I want to be… Some of my foster families used to send me to the movies to get me out of the house and there I’d sit all day and way into the night. Up in front, there with the screen so big, a little kid all alone, and I loved it.” —Marilyn Monroe



Barbara Goalen and Wenda Parkinson modeling coats at the National Gallery, London, 1949, photo by Norman Parkinson


Gerald Murphy
Doves, 1925
Oil on canvas, 49 x 36 in.
Curtis Galleries, Minneapolis


Ruth Orkin (1921-1985)
Iraqi Jewish Refugees, Lydda Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel, 1951


Guy Pene du Bois, (American, 1884-1958)
“Portia in a Pink Blouse”, 1942
oil on canvas
40 x 30 in.
Indianapolis Museum of Art


“In Hollywood, a starlet is the name for any woman under thirty who is not actively employed in a brothel.”
—Ben Hecht


Dovima (b.Dorothy Virginia Margaret Juba, 1927-1990) with her preferred reading matter. When on location for her fashion shoots Dovima brought along stacks of comic books.


Anna May Wong, 1932, in a George Hurrell photo


Preparing for the Matinee
Edmund Charles Tarbell (American, 1862-1938)
oil on canvas
45-1/2 x 35-1/2 in.


Gigi wears a Pierre Albouy hat in a photo by Henry Clarke for Vogue, Paris, 1955


Nautilus lamp, a Tiffany lamp. The first Tiffany lamp was created in 1895, part of the Art Nouveau movement. Originally designed by Clara Driscoll.


Empire State Building, 1955, photo by Elliott Erwitt


Maayan Ariel wishes all our friends and relatives a joyous and meaningful Shabbat.


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  1. lee
    Posted August 28, 2018 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    When I was in high school, our gymnastics team had a meet with a nearby orphanage. The team was very, very small, but clearly had their fans at the meet. The girls were very nice, and they loved their “family.”

    Some people think Oliver Twist existed into my life time. (And I’m only 50 and change.)

    Many years later, I knew someone in California who fostered a young teen girl. The girl was sweet. But the foster parents had a hell of a time dealing with the state. The foster girl was not allowed to do much of anything that would allow her to be a normal teen. Other girls could attend slumber parties — the state had to first check out any place she might visit. The family was limited in being about to take family vacations with her. They could NOT leave the state at all. Her participation in sports was limited — she could not go to any competition that involved overnight stays. The parents, even though they did not limit their spending on her to the state stipend (they spent they own money and if she were their own), they had to provide receipts for everything, and an incredible amount of paperwork. Medical care was a headache. Eventually, she agreed out of the foster system, and was able to live with them. They put her through college. (They had wanted to adopt her, but her biological mother wouldn’t surrender, and the state would end the woman’s “rights.”)

    In an ideal world, all children would love in loving home with a loving mother and father.

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  2. kishke
    Posted August 26, 2018 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    The city bus of my youth!

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  3. Michael Kennedy
    Posted August 25, 2018 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    On Marilyn and foster homes. I see a few kids joining the military who grew up in foster homes. I saw one last week. He had been taken out of his home at 9 because his mother was a druggie. The first foster home was abusive but the second he liked and stayed until he was 18 and was joining the army. I was back in school 25 years ago getting a Masters Degree and a girl in the class had grown up in foster homes. She told me she would rather have been in an orphanage. She was working on a project (it was a health policy program) on the “Utility of regret.” Interesting subject. The class was on Decision Theory.

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  4. Bill Brandt
    Posted August 24, 2018 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    I believe Maayan is in competition with Dovima for best model! On MM the thought came to me that with her wretched childhood, it is a tragedy that she couldn’t be strengthened by it – instead I think that was the basis for her destruction.

    Wonderful pictures.

    In re: Ben Hecht’s remark – I am sure a lot of starlets willingly submitted to the “casting couch” but I am wonderinkg if all did for the few who became stars.

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  5. Barry
    Posted August 24, 2018 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Re Orson Welles. Smart, but loaded with self justification. Wish I could load up on the same stuff, but I am too honest, as are most of us. As for Ben Hecht, he reads just as I thought he would. A guy not too know. The personification of contempt and self-hatred.

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