Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“Nobody knows anything.”
—William Goldman, Adventures in the Screen Trade

Cary Elwes, The Princess Bride, 1987
Screenplay by William Goldman
Based on The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Rest in Peace William Goldman, 1931-2018


Alexey Titarenko
Untitled, (White Dresses), St. Petersburg, Russia, 1995


Grant Wood (American, 1891–1942)
Portrait of Nan, 1931
oil on masonite, oval: 34 1:2 x 28 1:2 in.,
Nan was Wood’s sister. She was also the woman in Wood’s most famous painting, American Gothic.



Walde Huth
Patricia in Jaques Fath, Paris, France, 1955


Art Nouveau poster by by Alphonse Mucha


Actress Lauren Bacall sits atop the piano while Vice President Harry S. Truman plays to entertain American servicemen at the National Press Club Canteen, February 1945.


The very cool and functional Alessi lunch box was designed by Sakura Adachi.


“Acting is not the noblest profession in the world, but there are things lower than acting. Not many, mind you – but politicians give you something to look down on from time to time.”
—Spencer Tracy


We often feature high-end wrist watches whose prices are, um, astronomical. Lest we be accused of elitism we’d like to draw your attention to this handsome Timex Unisex Weekender. It is refreshingly legible, quartz accurate, with an overall no-nonsense aesthetic that feels very Bauhaus. The price at Amazon is—wait for it—$30.55. My wife Karen favors this model for everyday wear and just loves it.


Duane Michals
Heisenberg’s Magic Mirror of Uncertainty, 1988


David Hockney’s Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), 1972, just sold at auction for $90.3 million.


Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray, Double Indemnity, 1944 Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Raymond Chandler Based on the novel Double Indemnity by James M. Cain



“I don’t think I was ravishing, but I was, I think, pretty.”
—Tina Louise


French poster for Bringing Up Baby, 1938


Jeanloup Sieff
Alfred Hitchcock, Ina Balke, Psycho House, 1962


Edward Hopper
Two Comedians, 1965
oil, canvas: 73.7 x 101.6 cm


Dovima models a Givenchy gown with Emilien Bouglione, a chimpanzee and a clown at the Cirque d’Hiver, Paris, August 1955, photo by Richard Avedon for Vogue


Blessing on the Lulav, Feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles). Fol. 147r. The Rothschild Miscellany. Northern Italy. ca. 1460-80. Handwritten on vellum; brown ink, tempera, gold and silver leaf; square and semi-cursive Ashkenazic script. Height: 21 cm; Width: 15.9 cm. Gift of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Gift of James A. de Rothschild, London.


Martin Munkacsi
Girls dancing in the streets, Budapest, c.1923


Lielle Meital wishes all our friends and relatives a lovely and inspirational Shabbat.


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  1. Bill Brandt
    Posted November 23, 2018 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    For a 15 year old watching Gulligan’s Island believe me, she was ravishing.

    Ginger or Mary Ann?

    Ginger for me.

    The Goldman book is one of the best I have read on Hollywood.

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  2. Posted November 23, 2018 at 4:50 am | Permalink

    Another awesome edition, Robert.

    I love the simplicity and functionality of the Timex.

    The David Hockney painting is impressive, The details….

    I love the art deco details on the Bringing Up Baby poster.

    Tina Louise will always be Gina Grant for me….

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    • Bill Brandt
      Posted November 24, 2018 at 11:49 am | Permalink

      I was reading that she hated Gilligan’s Island, thinking, when she signed up, that she would be a main character. But of course she got typecast.

      I remember some years ago there was a TV movie on how Guilligan’s Island came into being.

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