Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions February 8, 2019 by Robert J. Avrech 10 Comments “I was a million-to-one shot, the least likely to succeed. I wasn’t low man on the totem pole, I was under the totem pole, in a sewer, tied to a sack.”—Tony Curtis, (b. Bernard Schwartz) on his chances of making it in Hollywood. Erwin BlumenfeldThree Profiles, 1952 Director Max Ophüls (b. Maximillan Oppenheimer) on the set of Lola Montès, 1955, photo by Raymond Voinquel. Ophuls, a German Jew, feared the growing official anti-Semitism and fled to France in 1933. After the French surrendered to the Nazis, he fled to Italy, then Switzerland and finally the United States in 1941. His best American films are: Letter From an Unknown Woman, ’48, Caught, ’49, The Reckless Moment, ’49. He returned to France after the war and made several superb films: La Ronde, ’50, Le Plaisir, ’52, The Earrings of Madame de… ’53, and Lola Montes, ’55. Ophuls favored extremely long and complicated tracking shots whose complexity of execution is legendary. His son Marcel Ophüls directed The Sorrow and the Pity, ’69, a masterpiece about France during the Nazi occupation. Waltham World War I Military Watch Joan Blondell in the pre-code comedy The Greeks Had A Word For Them, 1932 “Harmony in Yellow and Gold: The Gold Girl—Connie Gilchrist”by James McNeill Whistler (American, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834–1903 London)ca. 1876–77Oil on canvas85 3/4 x 43 1/8 in. (217.8 x 109.5 cm)Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.Gift of George A. Hearn, 1911“Constance Macdonald Gilchrist (1865-1946), popularly known as “the original Gaiety Girl,” had a successful career on the London stage in light comedy and vaudeville. Whistler posed her in his studio as she appeared on the stage of the Gaiety Theatre in the skipping-rope dance.” More here. Clark Gable by George Hurrell, 1933”No actor I ever performed with had such public appeal. He was as masculine as any man I’ve ever known and as much a little boy as a grown man could be. It was this combination that had such a devastating effect on women. But there was nothing of ‘the King’ about his personality. Just the opposite. Utter simplicity. Uncomplicated. A man who lived on a simple, down-to-earth scale.” —Doris Day John French Sloan (1871–1951)“Sunday, Women Drying Their Hair” 1912oil on canvasHeight: 26.1 ″; Width: 32.1 ″Addison Gallery of American, Andover, Massachusetts Vera Miles, (b. Vera June Ralston, 1929) 1957, the year she signed a personal contract with Alfred Hitchcock. She had worked with Hitchcock on The Wrong Man and was cast to play the lead role in Vertigo, but filming was delayed and then Miles became pregnant. Hitchcock never forgave Miles for choosing family over career. The starring role in Vertigo went to Kim Novak. Miles co-starred in Psycho as Lila Crane, sister of Marion Crane. Her relationship with Hitchcock during production was, to say the least, strained. Rick McGinnisThe Flatiron, NYC, 2018Rick pays homage to… Edward Steichen’s iconic 1904 photo of the Flatiron building. The KJ Streamline Motorcycle, 1930. An Art Deco masterpiece. David “Chim” Seymour (b. Dawid Szymin 1911, Warsaw Poland), was a fine photographer who is not as well known as he should be. He was killed on assignment, while covering the Suez crisis in 1956. This is one of his most striking pictures, a Jewish wedding under an improvised chuppah, wedding canopy, held aloft by rifles and pitchforks, Israel, 1952. Photo: © Chim (David Seymour)/Magnum. “People are trying to connect with you through some character that they loved seeing you do. She [Wonder Woman] is such a powerful role, almost anything else I do pales in comparison.”—Lynda Carter Natalie Wood posing on a ’55 Ford T-Bird in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, 1957, photo by Charlotte Brooks. Thanks to Bill Brandt for identifying the car. Clyfford Still (American, 1904–1980).“PH-48”, 1957. Oil on canvas, 113 x 159 inches. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1959 (K1959:26). © 2016 City and County of Denver / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Rembrandt (1606–1669)“Jews in the Synagogue”1648Etching and drypoint on paperHeight: 76 mm (2.99 ″); Width: 130 mm (5.11 ″)Collection: Jewish Museum, N.Y. Pinchas Tzvi and Ariel Chaim wish all our friends and relatives a lovely and inspirational Shabbat.