Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions March 8, 2019 by Robert J. Avrech 11 Comments “Often a director, in a weepy scene, would ask me to visualize my mother dying so that I might cry easily. I couldn’t do it. The only way I could bring the tears was to think about something horrible happening to me.”—Norma Shearer The LaceMaker by Caspar Netscher (1639–1684)1662, oil on canvas, 33 x 27 cm. Wallace Collection, London Cat People, 1942, starring Simone Simon and Kent Smith, Screenplay by DeWitt Bodeen, Directed by Jacques Tourneur, Produced by Val Lewton. Frank HorvatFirst Fashion Illustration with Mate Lorenzetti, Milano, Italy, 1950 1932 Ford 0032 RoadsterOn view at the Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles “The modern girl is like Lindbergh, built for speed. We have tremendous vitality of body and complete emancipation of mind. None of the old taboos mean a damn to us. We don’t care.”—Dorothy Mackaill, 1930Her best film is the 1931 Pre-Code shocker, Safe in Hell, in which she plays a prostitute who chooses the gallows rather than sleep with a corrupt policeman. Thus, presumably, she will be safe in hell. French poster for Safe in Hell, 1931 William KleinFrench actress Anouk Aimée and cigarette holder, 1961 Johannes VermeerThe Lacemaker1669-70oil on canvas transferred to panel23.9 X 20.5 cm Paul AlmasyParis, 1950 Magrette is a micro brand out of New Zealand. They are known for producing robust yet beautiful dive watches in a highly limited run. Their latest offering is the Moana Pacific Waterman Bronze. The pre-order price is $660.00. More information here. Ava Gardner and Howard Hughes were dating in 1946. Edward HopperSunday, 1926oil on canvas, 29 x 34 in. The Philips Collection, Washington D.C. “I wanted to become a nun. I have become a screen actress. There is a wide channel separating the two. Who is to say which side of the channel was the right one for me?”—Constance Bennett The LacemakerNicolaes Maes (Dutch, Dordrecht 1634–1693 Amsterdam)ca. 1656Oil on canvas17 3/4 x 20 3/4 in. (45.1 x 52.7 cm) Anne Frank, photograph inscribed with her wish, from her diary, to go to Hollywood, October 10, 1942 Rick McGinnisMexico, Bacalar Mural 2018 The great American-Chinese actress Anna May Wong and her brother Richard photographed by Carl Van Vechten on September 13, 1940. Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) lighting Shabbat candles with her daughter, with a patriotic message to the IDF, 2014. Gal served her mandatory two years in the Israeli army as a combat instructor—after being crowned Miss Israel in 2004. Wonder Woman Livia Yarden (trying out her Purim outfit) wishes all our friends and relatives a wonderful and meaningful Shabbat.