Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions December 6, 2019 by Robert J. Avrech 10 Comments “I’ve never had a dull moment in my life. I’ve always wanted to try something new. When I was a child, I wouldn’t wear what the other kids had. I won’t now. I had the first pantie girdle, the first broadtail suit, the first sack dress — from Givenchy. I was even the first Gloria. Everybody named their children after me. I can always tell how old Glorias are.”—Gloria SwansonPhoto by Charles Sheldon, 1925 Jacques Henri Lartigue (French, 1894-1986) Havanna, Cuba, 1957 Ektachrome 6 x 6 cm Myrna Loy with Jack Benny and Basil Rathbone, 1940s. Blue Green Red by Ellsworth Kelly (American, Newburgh, New York 1923–2015 Spencertown, New York) 1963, Oil on canvas 91 x 82 in. L to R: Director Tod Browning, Carroll Borland, and Bela Lugosi on the set of Mark of the Vampire 1935. 1918 WWI Waltham “Admiral Evans” Trench Watch “We play in pictures which cost thousands of dollars, sometimes more than a million dollars. Huge sums of money are spent to build up a star’s personality. The story, the production values, the camera, makeup, lights, dialogue, all contribute to make her a glamorous personality. We create an illusion when we are on the screen. We should sustain that illusion. We owe it to the studio. We owe it to the public. But we can’t be perfectly poised all of the time. Dear knows, I can’t….I just like to be comfortable when I’m not working, so I try to keep out of the public eye as much as possible.”—Jean Arthur Jacques Henri Lartigue, Florette, Venice, May 1954 Ektachrome, 6 x 6 cm Myrna Loy in The Great Ziegfeld, 1936Photo by Edward Steichen Felix VallattonInterior With Woman in Red from Behind1903oil on canvasHeight: 36.61 in., Width: 27.95 in. Polish VIS-35 semi automatic pistol which was used by German forces during World War II. This weapon was captured by American forces and a clever GI modified it with “honeymoon” grips featuring pictures of Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth. American ingenuity. Rick McGinnisFerry terminal, Tobermory, Ontario, 2019 “Kirk Douglas and I both came from… well, shall we say, humble beginnings. We were both young, brash, cocky, arrogant. We knew everything, were highly opinionated. We were invincible. Nobody liked us.”—Burt Lancaster Jacques Henri Lartigue (French, 1894-1986) Florette 1964 Ektachrome 6 x 6 cm A 1939 Delahaye 165 Figoni and a Falaschi CabrioletH/T Bill Brandt Louise Brooks & Gustav Diessl in Pandora’s Box (1929, dir. G.W. Pabst) This eye-catching poster for the 1957 comedy film was designed by the great Saul Bass. Christmas shopping rush at Macy’s, 1948. By Nina Leen. Green Vurcel Chanukah Menorah. Serves as wall decoration when not in use. Designed for a competition at The Maurice Spertus Museum, Chicago. Anodized aluminum; L / W 12.5″x7.5″. More here. Yours truly, somewhere in the Catskills, 1952. Maayan, Livia, and Lielle wish all our friends and relatives a lovely Shabbat.