Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions September 13, 2019 by Robert J. Avrech 9 Comments “I made my own image because I refused to change my name or my hair. They wanted to change me completely when I first came over because that was the standard thing to do. They took stars from Hungary, Germany, France, and tried to change them – to make them more beautiful to American eyes, I suppose. But then they became just like all the other American stars that were there. Lots of publicity stills in bathing suits and hats and all that.”—Ingrid Bergman Rogier van der WeydenBraque Family Triptych (right panel) Robert Frank (1924-2019)Wellfleet, MA, 1962 Marilyn Monroe in 1946 Joel McCrea and Laraine Day in Foreign Correspondent, 1940Screenplay by Charles Bennett & Joan HarrisonDialogue by James Hilton & Robert BenchleyUncredited: Ben Hecht, Richard MaibaumDirected by Alfred Hitchcock Shirley MacLaine,1960, photo by Bert Stern “As long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right.”— President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1934. J.C. Leyendecker, Couple in Boat —Arrow Collar Advertisement, oil on canvas, 1922, © 2019 National Museum of American Illustration, Newport, RI. Photo courtesy American Illustrators Gallery, New York, NY. Robert FrankWhite Tower, New York City 1948 Art Deco table lamp manufactured by Pattyn Products Co., Detroit, Michigan, c. 1935, aluminum, Bakelite and glass. American adaptation of the Bauhaus aesthetic. Robert FrankFans at a Movie Premiere, Los Angeles, 1955 Last week long time reader Michael Kennedy asked how many of the watches featured in Seraphic Secret are owned by yours truly. In fact, I only own the Perpetual SC-03 which cost $180.00 and is perhaps the best value for money in the known universe. It has a fine automatic movement. The enamel dial, blued hands, oversize crown, and Art Deco numbers harken to a time when men carried big beautiful watches in their vest pockets. I own several watches, but the Perpetual is easily one of my favorites. Alex, who owns and runs the Perpetual microbrand out of Hong Kong, is a real watch guy who cares about quality and beauty and delivers the best customer service I have ever encountered. You can learn more here. “The purpose of the Communists in Hollywood is not the production of political movies openly advocating Communism. Their purpose is to corrupt our moral premises by corrupting non-political movies—by introducing small, casual bits of propaganda into innocent stories — thus making people absorb the basic premises of Collectivism by indirection and implication.”—Ayn Rand (born Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum, 1905 – 1982)After Rand immigrated to America from Russia she worked in Hollywood for several years as a screenwriter and as the head of the costume department at RKO. 1934 Packard 12 Speedster Robert Frank,Trolley, New Orleans, 1955 The Atzei Chaim, parchment rollers, of the Torah Karen and I dedicated to the memory of our son Ariel Chaim, Z’LPhoto by: Steve Cohn Photography www.stevecohnphotography.com (310) 277-2054 © 2019 Brooklyn Bridge View, 1950, photo by Paul Himmel Lielle Meital wishes all our friends and relatives a joyous and inspirational Shabbat.