Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“Acting is like sex: you either do it and don’t talk about it, or you talk about it and don’t do it. That’s why I’m always suspicious of people who talk too much about either.“
—Humphrey Bogart

Raphaelle Peale (1774-1825)
Venus Rising From the Sea—A Deception
Alternate Title: After the Bath
ca. 1822
Oil on canvas, 29 1/8 x 24 1/8 inches


Myrna Loy, 1930s


Poster for Private Detective 62, 1933 starring William Powell and Margaret Lindsay


Lana Turner studies her script on the set of The Postman Always Rings Twice, 1946


Brice Marden
Epitaph Painting 2
Oil on linen
94 x 93 1/2 inches


“It seems the brighter you are, the deeper the hole you get into.”
—Tuesday Weld


Winslow Homer, Fresh Eggs, watercolor, gouache and graphite on wove paper sheet, 1874, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.


Brigitte Bardot and Kirk Douglas at the Cannes Film Festival, 1953


A 1929 ad for Pierce-Arrow Enclosed Cars. When the average income for a family of four was $2,500.00, the price of a Pierce-Arrow was beyond imagination for most Americans.


Model wearing a day ensemble by Jacques Fath with a Delahaye auto in a photo by Tony Linck, Paris, 1947


Michael Eastman
Three Fans, Havana, 1999


“They can’t censor the gleam in my eye.”
—Charles Laughton


Winslow Homer, Portrait of a Lady, 1875, watercolor on paper, Private Collection


Dior model Renée being photographed by Louise Dahl-Wolfe for Harper’s Bazaar, Paris, 1947


Girls in the Windows, New York City, 1960 —Ormond Gigli

“In 1960, while a construction crew dismantled a row of brownstones right across from my own brownstone studio on East 58th Street, I was inspired to, somehow immortalize those buildings. I had the vision of 43 women in formal dress adorning the windows of the skeletal facade.
We had to work quickly to secure City permissions, arrange for models which included celebrities, the demolition supervisior’s wife (third floor, third from left), my own wife (second floor, far right), and also secure the Rolls Royce to be parked on the sidewalk. Careful planning was a necessity as the photography had to be accomplished during the workers’ lunch time!
The day before the buildings were razed, the 43 women appeared in their finest attire, went into the buildings, climbed the old stairs, and took their places in the windows. I was set up on my fire escape across the street, directing the scene, with bullhorn in hand. Of course I was concerned for the models’ safety, as some were daring enough to pose out on the crumbling sills.
The photography came off as planned. What had seemed to some as too dangerous or difficult to accomplish, became my fantasy fulfilled, and my most memorable self – assigned photograph. It has been an international award winner ever since.
Most professional photographers dream of having one signature picture they are known for. “Girls In The Windows ” is mine.”
—Ormond Gigli


Cary Grant with Alfred Hitchcock


From the 18th century, and perhaps even earlier, hollow eggs on which sacred texts had been written in micrography were used to decorate European sukkahs. Not all the texts related directly to the holiday of Sukkot, the Festival of Booths: this example has Song of Songs 1-4:7 inscribed in tiny letters. At times feathers were added to the hanging egg, so that it looked like a bird in flight. This egg is from Poland, 19th century.


Livia wishes all our friends and relatives a peaceful and inspirational Shabbat.


Ed Ruscha, The End, 2003

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  1. Bill Brandt
    Posted September 29, 2018 at 1:15 am | Permalink

    Love Girls In The Window” .

    The Humphrey Bogart quote: So true about most things. The basis for the saying “Still Waters Run Deep”.

    A bit of Pierce Arrow trivia: The late, great driver Phil Hill had one in his family for decades. And, from a young man, he maintained that car.

    He was so proud of it that one year in the early 50s, he took it up for Pebble Beach Weekend.

    Now that statement by itself doesn’t seem odd or out of place – except Concours up to that time always displayed new cars.

    From that time on, Concours d’Elagance had old, restored cars. Hill’s Pierce-Arrow changed that.

    And to think the Pierce Arrow was below a Duesenberg in price.

    “It’s a Duesie” – not said much anymore but you know its origins.

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  2. Michael Kennedy
    Posted September 28, 2018 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    If I remember correctly, the Pierce Arrow was the first American car to have headlights mounted on the fenders. My mother had a crazy cousin who rode a motorcycle in the 1920s. He encountered one at night and decided to give the two motorcycles coming at him a thrill by going between them. It was, of course, a Pierce Arrow and he was badly injured but survived.
    She lived in three centuries, being born in 1898 and died in 2001.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted September 28, 2018 at 10:18 am | Permalink


      The accident you describe is a famous Buster Keaton gag. I forget in which movie it appears, but it’s kind of brilliant.

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      • Michael Kennedy
        Posted September 28, 2018 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

        I wouldn’t be surprised if she was relating it as an event in her family. She wasn’t under oath at the time.

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  3. Posted September 28, 2018 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    The Laughton portrait is definitely by Penn.

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted September 28, 2018 at 10:18 am | Permalink


      Yes, Penn. My bad for not including his credit. Thanks.

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      • Posted September 28, 2018 at 11:16 am | Permalink

        The Ormond Gigli photo is great – an example of the creativity of photographers at the midcentury peak of their art. Of course, today you’d just composite it all in Photoshop.

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  4. Posted September 28, 2018 at 4:08 am | Permalink

    Another awesome Friday Photos entry, Robert. Well done!

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted September 28, 2018 at 10:19 am | Permalink

      Prophet joe:
      Glad you enjoy Friday Photos.

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