Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions February 21, 2020 by Robert J. Avrech 12 Comments “I may be a dumb blonde, but I’m not that blonde.”—Patricia Neal Rembrandt (1606 – 1669)Saul and David (1655-1660)oil on canvas: 130 × 164 cm Gene Tierney carries a suitcase as she walks on a city sidewalk. Photographed by John Rawlings, 1946. The Greubel Forsey Hand Made 1 is almost entirely made by hand, with the only exceptions being the sapphire crystals, the case gaskets, the spring-bars, the jewels, and the mainspring. The construction of the watch requires immense precision. Only two or three of these watches will be manufactured every year. GF have not yet named a price. Greubel Forsey are an independent Swiss brand. They employ a hundred highly-skilled watchmakers and craftspeople who produce only about a hundred wrist watches a year. Interesting interview with Stephen Forsey here. Jeanne Eagels in The Letter, 1929“My retribution is greater. With all my heart, I still love the man I killed.”-W. Somerset Maugham, The Letter (1925) John RawlingsModel next to an Imperial ‘LeBaron’ sedan, Vogue 1960 “In order to achieve anything, you must be brave enough to fail.”—Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch; December 9, 1916 – February 5, 2020) Bernardo Cavallino (1616 – 1656)Saul invokes the Ghost of Samuel, c. 1652oil on copper: 62 × 87 cm Maila Nurmi being driven to the set of The Vampira Show (Hollywood, 1954) Photographer: Dennis Stock John RawlingsVogue, 1942 Lionel & John Barrymore and Joan Crawford during the filming of an “exterior” scene for Grand Hotel (1932) The art deco-style hotel entrance, a front built on a soundstage, was designed by art director Cedric Gibbons. Czech poster for Rio Bravo, 1959 “I want a big career, a big man, and a big life. You have to think big – that’s the only way to get it… I just couldn’t stand being anonymous”—Mia Farrow William Blake (British, 1757-1827)Elohim Creating Adam (installation views)1795 – c. 1805Color print, ink and watercolor on paper Grant Williams in The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957, dir. Jack Arnold), the story of a man who starts shrinking after he’s exposed to a radioactive cloud.To film a scene in which Williams battles a tarantula, Arnold filmed a real Panamanian tarantula. He put the film of the tarantula in the ground glass of the camera, moved Williams into a matching position on oversize sets, and then had him count to the beat of a metronome to match his movements to those of the tarantula. Rick McGinnisHonda Indy, Toronto, 2013. Paul KayeFrom the Book “Paradise Street”, Balham, London, ca. 1961 Livia wishes all our friends and relatives a peaceful and inspirational Shabbat.