Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions March 13, 2020 by Robert J. Avrech 2 Comments “Movies were much better in the days I was doing them.”—Rita Hayworth Edward HopperSelf Portrait1925–1930Oil on canvas25 3/8 × 20 3/8in. (64.5 × 51.8 cm) Yemenite Jewish Woman, 1983, by photographer, Frederic Brenner, from his series “Diaspora.” There are now only a handful of Jews remaining in Yemen. Blancpain, one of the oldest—founded in 1735—and most respected Swiss watch companies has just released an elegant dress watch, the Villeret Ultraplate, that has an amazing 100 hour power reserve. More here. “To the French film community I was neither fish nor fowl—not really American nor believably French; how could I be French, since my name, Leslie, was American and since I had made a successful career in Hollywood? I am very much appreciated by the French only so long as I appear in American films—preferably musicals—but my star is tarnished immediately if i try to join the French scene.”—Leslie Caron Jan Toorop (Dutch; 1858–1928)Portrait of Marie Jeanette de Lange1900oil on canvasHeight: 70.5 cm (27.7″); Width: 77.4 cm (30.4″)Rijksmuseum Frédéric BrennerThe Tzabaris and Zendanis, Jewish Families from Wadi Amlah, Habban, Yemen, 1985 French movie poster for Hitchcock’s North By Northwest, 1959 “Acting is such a weird profession. It’s such a futile thing. Even when it’s there on film, there’s nothing really to it. It is not like making a piece of furniture or writing a book.”—Max von Sydow (1929-2020) RIP Tobi KahnRHYVAfrom the AKHV series 2016acrylic on wood, 9 x 12 x 2 in. Frédéric BrennerLevi Faez Studying Torah in His Grandfather’s Jewelry WorkshopEl Hajar, Haidan, Yemen, 1983 1935 Jaguar SS90 Fred LyonThe Fox Theater, Market Street, San Francisco 1956 Photo (staged) by Qiu Yan, 2004 Fred LyonFour Boys Playing on a School Yard Fence, San Francisco, 1945 Bat Mitzvah girl Maayan Ariel wishes all our friends and relatives a lovely and virus-free Shabbat.