Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“I turned my hair dark and have received much better parts ever since… I was sometimes greeted as Miss Lamarr in dimly lit restaurants. Personally, I liked the idea of escaping from all that bland, blonde innocence and thought the whole thing was very funny, but I don’t think Hedy found the comparisons very amusing.“
—Joan Bennett

Portrait of a French Lady, half-length, in white bejeweled dress and headdress. Circle of Frans Pourbus the Younger (1569-1622)


Model Dorothy Smart wearing a black velvet hat by Madame Agnès, the French milliner, in a 1926 photo by Edward Steichen for Vanity Fair


The Panerai Radiomir 1940 Art Deco Dial PAM790 and PAM791 watches are priced at $9,200 and are limited to 500 pieces each.


Suzy Parker wearing Lanvin-Castillo, Paris, 1952, photographed by Georges Dambier for ELLE


Brice Marden
Epitaph Painting 1
Oil on linen
96 1/2 x 95 inches; 245.5 x 241.5 cm


“Money doesn’t give you happiness, but it does help calm one’s nerves.”
—Maria Felix, Mexico’s legendary movie star


A Hellenistic gold earring in the shape of a dove.
2nd century BCE
Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y.


Bettina Graziani and Brigitte Bardot model outerwear by Jacques Fath, Paris, 1954, in a photo by Georges Dambier for ELLE


Verner Panton Chair, 1958
The Classic Panton Chair is made of rigid expanded plastic and has a high gloss lacquered surface.


Irving Penn


Poster for El Dorado (1967) by Jerzy Flisak, an amazing Polish artist who died in 2008.


”I used to be attracted only to handsome men. But with age, I’ve discovered ugly men. And do you know something? They’re nice. Men who haven’t got everything going for them make much greater efforts than the others. They want to be better lovers, kinder husbands and more thoughtful escorts. There’s only one thing. You’ve got to overcome the barrier of being seen with them.”
—Jean Seberg via


Portrait of a Lady, thought to be Anne Boleyn,
by Hans Holbein the Younger (1497-1543)
chalk, ink, paper


Tippi Hedrin wearing Hermes in a 1952 fashion photo by Gordon Parks for LIFE magazine


Rick McGinnis
Harbourfront, Toronto, 2011


My Lulav and Etrog in the Casa Avrech Succah.


Maayan Ariel wishes all our friends and relatives a peaceful and inspiring Shabbat.


Ed Ruscha, The End, 2003

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  1. Bill Brandt
    Posted September 23, 2018 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    Interesting comment from Jean Seberg – beauty is generally in the eye of the beholder.

    Like your picture Rick – the lines, colors…

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  2. Michael Kennedy
    Posted September 21, 2018 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    I was showing my wife the nude scene in Hedy Lamaar’s movie “Ecstasy” and the similarity of her face to that of Joan Bennett was amazing.

    Her sister Constance was my favorite of the two, however. I don’t think I ever saw a move of hers in a theater but she was on TV a lot in the early days when “Topper ” was on all the time. That and “Casablanca” were on at least every week if not every day.

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    • pkoning
      Posted October 9, 2018 at 11:52 am | Permalink

      One of these days I’ll have to see a Hedy Lamarr movie. So far I only know her work as an inventor. You might not know that… she has a patent that is quite famous, US Patent 2,282,387. It is, roughly, the foundation of WiFi and cellular communication.

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  3. Posted September 21, 2018 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Due to my schedule, I can only make 3 brief comments this week, Robert:

    1) I love the Radiomir style, but $9K seems a little steep…

    2) I tend to envision BCE civilization as somewhat “prehistoric”in nature… that is, I tend to think of the people as crude, primitive and nomadic . The gold earring reminds me that, even 2,000 years before Jesus Christ, there were stylish women who wanted to wear beautiful gold jewelry.

    3) I didn’t know much about Jean Seberg… another interesting and tragic story there.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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