Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions May 8, 2020 by Robert J. Avrech 5 Comments “I’m a song and dance girl. I can act enough to get by. But that’s the limit of my talents.”—Betty Grable Veijo Rönkkönen was a recluse who spent his days between the paper mill where he worked for 41 years, and his farm, tucked away in a Finnish forest. By all accounts, he didn’t like to talk to people, and he never took an art lesson in his life. But by the time of his death in 2010, Rönkkönen had covered his land with around 550 sculptures.More here. Lai Fong (Chinese, c. 1839-1890)[Actors]1870sAlbumen printCollection of Stephan Loewentheil, Cornell JD 1975 The Cartier Pasha Golf watch has an automatic self-winding movement, and allows you to keep score on the links for yourself and three of your friends. Pre-owned gold versions are going for $45,000. Chrystie Sherman, Wedding, Mumbai, India c.2005 1956 Ford Two Door Thunderbird “You were taken in charge and trained. They have none of that today any place. I regret the passing of the studio system. I was very appreciative of it because I had no talent. Believe me. What could I do? I couldn’t dance. I couldn’t sing. I could talk. I could barely walk. I had no flair. I wasn’t a beauty, that’s for sure.”—Lucille Ball #tussenkunstenquarantaine Between art and quarantine challenges art lovers to recreate their favorite works of art at home. The results are spectacular. Alfred Hitchcock talking with Kim Novak on the set of Vertigo, 1958 Poster for the Polish release of Terms of Endearment, 1985 “Hollywood can be hard on women, but it did not cause my problems.”—Gene Tierney Pere Borrell del Caso (Spanish 1835–1910)Two Laughing Girls1880oil on canvas 69 x 69 cmA fine example of Trompe l’oeil Underwood and UnderwoodJewish Men and Women Praying Together at the Western Wall, Jerusalem, 1908 Rick McGinnisMargate NJ, Oct. 2019 Unidentified photographer; Carhops at night, Carl’s drive-in, Figueroa & Flower,Los Angeles, August 16, 1953 Vilhelm Hammershøi, (Danish, 1864 – 1916)“Rest”1905oil on canvasDimensions: Height: 490 mm (19.29 in); Width: 460 mm (18.11 in) “Camouflage”Liberation of Paris, August 1944Photo Robert Doisneau Pinchas and Ariel wish all our friends and relatives a joyous and healthy Shabbat.