Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“Famous people feel that they must perpetually be on the crest of the wave, not realizing that it is against all the rules of life. You can’t be on top all the time; it isn’t natural.“
—Olivia de Havilland


Poster for The Key, 1934


Veiled Face, Evelyn Tripp photographed by Irving Penn, 1949


Navajo people, A Classic Second Phase Chief’s Blanket with Manchester Bayeta, Navajo, c. 1840. © 2017 Joshua Baer & Company, a New Mexico Corporation. Courtesy of Pace.


Ronald Colman, Charles Boyer and Myrna Loy at a party given by Basil Rathbone, 1941


Jean Patchett, 1949, in a photo by Erwin Blumenfeld


“There have always been rumors about me: Oh, she’s very difficult. Be careful of her. People who don’t know me—even some people who do know me—know that I say what I think. Very few people want to hear the truth. Bogie was like that, my mother was like that, and I’m like that. I believe in the truth, and I believe in saying what you think. Why not? Do you have to go around whispering all the time or playing a game with people? I just don’t believe in that. So I’m not the most adored person on the face of the earth. You have to know this. There are a lot of people who don’t like me at all, I’m very sure of that. But I wasn’t put on earth to be liked. I have my own reasons for being and my own sense of what is important and what isn’t, and I’m not going to change that.”
—Lauren Bacall


Myrna Loy, 1930s


Simone D’Aillencourt in a 1960 fashion photo by Marvin Sokolsky


Agnes Martin,
Affection, 2001. © 2018 Estate of Agnes Martin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy of Pace.


Director King Vidor with Robert Donat and Ralph Richardson outside the Denham sound stage during filming of The Citadel (1938)


Winslow Homer
Portrait of a Lady
signed W. Homer and dated 1875, l.l.
watercolor on paper
12 by 8 in.


“If only those who dream about Hollywood knew how difficult it all is.”
—Greta Garbo


George Shaw
Barts Hospital, London
enamel on board
24 x 31.5 cm


Adrienne Ames, 1936, photo by George Hurrell
Ames was busy in the Thirties, under contract first to Paramount and later Fox, but by the end of the decade her popularity had waned. Rather than hang around Hollywood, she moved to New York in 1941.  Ames went to work for local radio station WHN doing a talk show twice a day, six days a week. Not long thereafter she also began a movie review program. She was a successful radio personality until her untimely death from cancer in 1947 at the age of 39. Her most memorable performance was as the charming princess in You’re Telling Me! (1934) with W.C. Fields.


Romain Gauthier Insight Micro-Rotor in red gold, with blue enamel dial. The 18-karat gold version retails for $75,000, while the platinum version sells for $88,000.


Yemenite Jewish Woman, 1983, by photographer, Frederic Brenner, from his series “Diaspora.” There are now only a handful of Jews remaining in Yemen.


Pinchas Tzvi wishes all our friends and relatives a lovely and inspirational Shabbat.


Ed Ruscha, The End, 2003

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  1. Bill Brandt
    Posted October 6, 2018 at 1:50 am | Permalink

    Two thoughts came to me reading the quote from Lauren Bacall: First there is a difference between “being honest” (and abrupt) and being diplomatic. Just ask any man when a woman asks him how her dress/hair/whatever look.

    She couldn’t have been “too honest” or she’d have alienated those who gave her work.

    Then this thought also came to mind 😉

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  2. Michael Kennedy
    Posted October 5, 2018 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    I remember from my childhood that woman all wore veils of lace on their serious hats.

    The novels of AJ Cronin were made into a few movies in that era. I wonder if anyone but me reads them anymore. They are excellent. He was an ophthalmologist who decided to try to write. He took his family on a vacation and locked himself in a garret to write his first novel, “Hatter’s Castle.” Meanwhile they had a great time and kept inviting him to join them. His biography and a couple of his novels give a good image of the British health care system before the NHS.

    “The Citadel” was one of them.

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  3. Posted October 5, 2018 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    … and why did Myrna Loy refuse to marry?

    Do they mean besides the 4 failed marriages she had?

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  4. Posted October 5, 2018 at 3:35 am | Permalink

    Ah… Myrna.

    Olivia de Havilland, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Lauren Becall — you’re making my morning, Robert! The watch is beautiful, but $75K….

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