Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions March 1, 2019 by Robert J. Avrech 9 Comments “I was lazy. I would have been a hell of a lot better actress had I taken it more seriously. I never had the proper respect for acting. Quite often, I learned my lines on the way to the studio.”—Ava Gardner Mark RothkoAmerican, born Latvia, 1903–1970Untitled, No.731952Oil on canvas55 5/16 x 30 5/16 inches The Temptress, 1926Written by Dorothy FarnumBased on “La Tierra de Todos” by Vicente Blasco IbáñezStarring Greta Garbo, Antonio Moreno Dovima models a dress by Adele Simpson for the B. Altman Company in a photo by Richard Avedon for Harper’s Bazaar, New York, 1951 This Hamilton watch belonged to my father. Before quartz watches started to displace mechanical my father wore this almost every day. When I was about fifteen years old my father gave me the Hamilton as a gift. I love this watch — though it has a tendency to run a few minutes slow. As you can see, the back of the case is curved in order to better fit the wrist. I’m not sure when this watch was produced, but it seems to be a 1940s model. When I wear my father’s wrist watch I feel a powerful connection to him and to time’s passage. “I’m a terrible flop as Sylvia Sidney. Give me a role to play and I’ll do anything. I’ll assume a brand new personality.”— Sylvia Sidney, (born Sophia Kosow, (1910 – 1999) Thomas Hart Benton, “Youth Music – Study”, 1973.Oil on board, 14 ¼ x 17 ¾ inches. Anna May Wong, 1933, photo by Paul Tanqueray Rick McGinnisNew York at Night, 2018 Dennis StockVenice Beach Rock Festival, California, 1968 The 1962 Shelby 260 Cobra CSX 2000—the first Cobra created by Carroll Shelby. Andreas FeiningerThe Photojournalist (Dennis Stock), 1951 Clement Meadmore (Australian, 1929-2005)Three-legged plywood chair1955Painted steel, plywood, rubberHarris/Atkins Collection “As an artist, I aspire to be as remarkable as Leonardo da Vinci. To be fantastic, astonishing, one of a kind. I will never get there. He’s the one who stopped time. I just did ‘Singin’ in the Rain.’ It’s pretty good, yes. It’s better than most, I know. But it still leaves you reaching up.”RIP Stanley Donen (1924-2019) William-Adolphe BouguereauFrench, 1825 – 1905Washerwomen of Fouesnant, 1869Oil on canvas, 30 x 23 5/8 in. (76.2 x 60 cm) Sophia Loren signs autographs in the Carlton Hotel during the Cannes Film Festival, 1955, photo by Edward Quinn The United States Postal Service recently announced that it will commemorate the influential abstract artist Ellsworth Kelly with a set of postage stamps. The stamps will go on sale sometime in 2019. George Platt Lynes (1907-1955)For Vogue, 1945 Designed by Uvtuvo, the Elevate Kiddush Cup & Tray Set is a functional work of art. The tray appears to hover slightly above the table surface, and the cup appears to hover within its tray indentation, alluding to the elevation experienced on Shabbat and holidays as we lift our kiddush cups to sanctify the special day. The cup is offset, leaving the center open, so the Shabbat experience, rather than ourselves, is at the center of our day; the mirror finish reminds us that this is a time of reflection. Moshe Kosowski, paternal grandfather of actress Sylvia Sidney (Sophia Kosow) Pinchas Tzvi and Ariel Chaim wish all our friends and relatives a lovely and meaningful Shabbat.