Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions December 11, 2020 by Robert J. Avrech 11 Comments “My life here is all wrong. Hollywood is the only place where I lose faith and begin to wonder what’s wrong with human nature. I don’t know any of the real Americans. I only know a small clique of picture people whom I see over and over again. And though they’re charming and talented, life in that clique is very abnormal.—Merle Oberon (born Estelle Merle O’Brien Thompson; 1911 – 1979) Edward Hopper (America, 1882 – 1967)“Gas”, 1940oil on canvas: 40 X 23 in.The Museum of Modern Art, NY Photo by Dennis Hopper, 1960s. Hopper (1936 – 2010) was not only an accomplished actor, producer, and director, but he was also a prolific photographer, painter, and sculptor. The one and only Tucker convertible, 1948. Jock CarrollElvis Autographing a Fan’s Arm, c.1956 Made in Germany, Archimede’s new 1950-3 watches are a fine example of the less is more design ethos. The watch comes in either a hand wound or automatic movement. More here. “I always felt self-conscious as an actress because I’m tall. I see that it came over as haughtiness. I just don’t have an actress’ soul. I think mine has a dollar sign on it.”—Gail Patrick (born Margaret LaVelle Fitzpatrick, 1911 – 1980) Maurice Denis (France, 1870 – 1943)Woman inBlue, 1899oil on cardboard: 14 X 12 inches Barbara Stanwyck as the iconic femme fatale, Phyllis Dietrichson, Double Indemnity, 1944Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Raymond ChandlerBased on the novel “Double Indemnity” by James M. Cain Rick McGinnisFrom his Art Deco Toronto series1205-1211 Bathurst St. August 2020 “I used to think there could be nothing worse than war than killing and maybe being killed and seeing your buddies killed. But in a way that was simple compared to life here in Hollywood. There, everyone understood the rules: You either killed or got killed. Here, the rules are much more complicated. A person gets mixed up in contracts and talent and no talent and big egos and phonies and it is hard to live, let alone have a decent marriage and raise a decent family.”—Audie Murphy (born Audie Leon Murphy 1925 – 1971) John Sharman (America, 1879 – 19710At the End of the Porch, ca. 1918oil on canvas; 36 X 34 inches The Empire State Building, 1946 before it was surrounded by skyscrapers. 2,700-year-old clay sealing from a stamp from the Israelite King Jeroboam II in the 8th century BCE. More here. (Dani Machlis/Ben Gurion University) Richard AvedonLew Alcindor (Soon to Become Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), 61st Street and Amsterdam Avenue, Upper West Side, New York City, 1963 Lielle wishes all our friends and relatives a Happy Chanukah, and the best Shabbat ever.