Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions November 6, 2020 by Robert J. Avrech 8 Comments “My first big break came when I was five years old. It’s taken me more than seventy years to realise that. You see, at five I first learnt to read. It’s that simple and it’s that profound. I left school at thirteen. I didn’t have a formal education… It has been a long return journey from my two-room Fountainbridge home in the smoky industrial end of Edinburgh opposite the McCowans’ toffee factory. There was no bathroom with a communal toilet outside. For years we had only gas lighting. Sometimes the light in the shared stairway would be out after some desperado had broken the mantle to bubble gas through milk for kicks.”—Sean Connery, RIP 1930 — 2020Uncredited Photographer, Sean Connery Appearing in “The Seashell,” King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1959 Johannes Vespronck (Dutch, circa: 1600/1603 — 1662)Portrait of Girl Dressed in Blue1641oil on canvasDimensions: Height: 82 cm (32.2 in); Width: 66.5 cm (26.1 in)Collection: Rijksmuseum In 1974, photographer Daniel Sorine photographed two mimes in Central Park. Thirty-five years later he realized that the performer on the right is Robin Williams, an unknown comedian at that time. Rick McGinnisPoppy, June 2020 Mickey Mantle, 1956Photo by John Dominis Photo by Gjon Mili, 1950 “I like women. I don’t understand them, but I like them.”—Sean ConneryConnery and Brigitte Bardot co-starred in the very interesting but little seen western, Shalako, 1968. Whimsical book benches in Bulgaria Richard AvedonElaine May (born Elaine Iva Berlin; 1932 —) and Mike Nichols (born Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky; 1931 – 2014) , New York City, 1960 1948 Chevrolet Woody Cheerleading Practice, Norview High School, Norfolk, Virginia, 1958Photo by Paul Schutzer Steve McQueen with his first wife Nellie on a motorcycle, 1963Photo by John Dominis “There’s one major difference between James Bond and me. He is able to sort out problems!”—Sean Connery The stunning Bulgari Gerald Genta 50th Anniversary Arena Bi-Retro Watch watch with mechanical manufacture movement, bidirectional automatic winding, jumping hours, retrograde minutes and date, 41 mm platinum case, blue lacquered dial and blue alligator bracelet, retails for $61,000.00. More here. “Gasworks”Photo by David Fokos Turkey’s abandoned ghost town of identical castles.“No, this isn’t the beginning to the latest Disney movie — it’s more eerie than that: all of these Gothic-style buildings lie empty, forming an ethereal, abandoned ghost town. Burj Al Babas is a $200 million housing development, located near Mudurnu, in northwestern Turkey, roughly midway between Istanbul and Ankara. When the developers, Sarot Property Group, fell into recession-fueled financial difficulty in 2018, the hundreds of castle-style villas were abandoned, mid-construction…” More here. Myrna Loy as she appears in The Mask of Fu Manchu 1932. Ariel and Pinchas wish all our friends and relatives the best Shabbat ever.