Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions May 1, 2020 by Robert J. Avrech 5 Comments “Playing good girls in the 1930′s was difficult, when the fad was to play bad girls. Actually I think playing bad girls is a bore; I have always had more luck with good girl roles because they require more from an actress.”—Olivia de Havilland Life under quarantine. It’s a good time to clean your wrist watch. Photo by @watchcog Babe Ruth and Shoeless Joe Jackson (with shoes), 1920. 1954 Jaguar XK120 Women wearing masks during the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918. World War I claimed an estimated 16 million lives. The influenza epidemic that swept the world in 1918 killed an estimated 50 million people. Robert J. AvrechTurquoise Strokes (detail) 2020Acrylic on canvas20 in. x 20 in “I was certainly a well-trained dancer. And I’m a good actress; I have depth. I have feeling. But they don’t care. All they want is the image.”—Rita Hayworth James Tissot (1836 – 1902)“Seaside”1878oil on fabric87.5 X 61 cmCleveland Museum of Art, Ohio Lana Turner and John Garfield (b. Jacob Julius Garfinkle, 1913 – 1952) in The Postman Always Rings Twice, 1946Screenplay by Harry Ruskin, Niven BuschBased on “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” 1934 novel by James M. Cain Keeping ourselves busy while under quarantine, Karen and I have been cleaning out our closets, throwing away old junk — and discovering forgotten treasures. This is a 1963 45 rpm recording of “Blue Velvet,” probably Bobby Vinton’s most famous song, originally a minor hit in 1951 for Tony Bennet. Today, Bobby Vinton is 85 years old and lives in Florida. His son, Robert, played Vinton in the 1990 film Goodfellas. Victor Mature was Rita Hayworth’s date for the premiere of her film Tales of Manhattan, 1942. Mature had recently enlisted in the US Navy. Edward Hopper (American, Nyack, New York 1882–1967 New York)Office in a Small City1953Oil on canvasDimensions: 28 x 40 in. (71.1 x 101.6 cm)A fitting image of isolation for all of us living through this pandemic. “In the early films, I had no experience. I was just doing it. I think I had an innate talent and a relationship with the camera, and because of my sincerity and my honesty it read through, and that’s what got me through those movies. But then I don’t think I developed that much more with it, and part of it was the roles, but part of it was me. A lot of it was me.”—Kim Novak Caspar David FriedrichWoman at Window, 1822oil on canvas; w73.0 x h44.1 cm Fans listen to the 1929 World Series outside Sturgis radio store, Los Angeles. That series featured the Philadelphia Athletics playing against the Chicago Cubs. The Athletics beat the Cubs in five games. A 16th century Plague Mask, Germany. The beak was filled with herbs and flowers. Fan HoApproaching Shadow, Hong Kong, 1954 Photo by Paolo Mangoni @paolomangoni Ray K. Metzker, Philadelphia, 1962 Ariel and Pinchas wish all our friends and relatives a delicious and healthy Shabbat.