Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions September 7, 2018 by Robert J. Avrech 5 Comments “There’s a fine line between acting and not acting at all. And not acting is what a lot of actors are guilty of. It amazes me how some of these little numbers with dreamy looks and dead pan are getting by with it. I’ve seen a couple of them – I won’t mention names – with Oscars in their hands. I’d hate to see them on stage with a dog act.”– Joan Blondell (1906-1979) William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916)Spring Flowers (Peonies) (1889)Pastel on paper, prepared with a tan ground, and wrapped with canvas around a wooden strainer 48 x 48 in. Bettina Graziani at the Place de la Concorde, 1953, photo by Jean Philippe CharbonnierBettina Graziani, along with Dovima, was one of the first “supermodels”. Bettina was not her birth name. Her parents named her Simone. Designer Jacques Fath said: “We already have a Simone. You look to me like a Bettina.” Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint in North by Northwest, 1959Screenplay by Ernest Lehman Irving PennCollapse, 1980 The MB&F Grant Robot Clock will set you back about $22,900. Visit MB&F here. “The sadness of our existence should not leave us blunted, on the contrary—how to remain thin-skinned, vulnerable, and still alive.”—Montgomery Clift (1920-1966) William Merritt Chase, Portrait of Dora Wheeler (1882-1883) oil on canvas, 62 7/8 x 65 1/2 in. Cleveland Museum of Art Myrna Loy, 1940s Jean Simmons, 1950s A dress fitting at the fashion house of the Sorelle Fontana in Rome, 1953.The Fontanas were three Italian sisters and designers: Zoe, Micol and Giovanna. They set up their atelier in Rome in the Via Liguria in 1943. Six years later Linda Christian selected one of their dresses for her wedding to Tyrone Power in Rome, 1949. After that the sisters were asked to design outfits for Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and scores of other Hollywood and European stars. 1935 Bugatti Type 57, Grand Raid Tourer “I never knew until I came here to Hollywood that somebody could be really nice to you for years and really hate your guts. Happens all the time here.”—Jean Seberg (1938-1979) Dorothyby William Merritt Chase1902oil on canvas, 72 x 36 in. Carole Lombard, 1930s “Hey, Wait a Minute, Haven’t I Seen This Movie Before?”by Robert J. AvrechOil, Acrylic on Baltic Birch, 2015Base: 24″ X 12″Relief Panels: 8″X 6″ Capucine in coat and hat by Christian Dior, Paris, 1949, photo by Richard Avedon Page from the illuminated Worms Mahzor, 1272 Irving PennTower of Babel, 2006. India ink with gum arabic over graphite on paper. © The Irving Penn Foundation Maayan Ariel wishes all our friends and relatives a lovely and meaningful Shabbat.