Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions December 18, 2020 by Robert J. Avrech 15 Comments Rita Hayworth in the famous gown Jean Louis designed for Gilda, 1946Jean Louis: “But, you know, Columbia didn’t have many stars to design for. They had Rita Hayworth. Period. So I tried to make everything for her very special, because it was also my chance to do things, to do special things. She was very easy. She wore what we gave her. Rita was absolutely the most marvelous girl, but she stand like this, and that’s it, you fit her. She hate to fit. ‘Get me out of it.’ That’s it. That’s all she says. But I had great freedom in how I dressed her. She never, never said I don’t like one thing – she’s really wonderful, no trouble. With Rita you always had to design to show off her body – not her legs, but her body; I mean you couldn’t put her in a business suit. Not because the studio would have objected, but because that was her personality. Rita Hayworth was known for that, for being a beautiful woman, and people didn’t want to see Rita Hayworth in a business suit.”—excerpt “People Will Talk” by John Kobal Claude MonetPoplars, Three Trees in Autumn, 1891oil on canvas; 93 X 74.1 cm. Trees by Tomioka Soichiro, 1961 Photo by Rick McGinnis “I was never really a femme fatale. I’ve known a couple but I really can’t be bothered.”—Jane Russell Carl Holsøe (Denmark 1863 – 1935)Interior with the Artist’s Wife Sitting with her Needlework by an Open Windowno dateoil on canvas; 63 X 54 cm. Ringo Starr and George Harrison dance with their mothers at a party at the Dorchester Hotel, after the premiere of A Hard Day’s Night, 1964. 1939 Graham Model 97 From a 2000 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle on the difficulties facing older actresses in finding roles: “I don’t mean to sound conceited, but I am a very talented actress, and I have my head screwed on right. I’m not going to drug clinics, I look good, and I’ve got all my marbles. So I really believe I’ll be back.”—Carol Lynley RIP; born Carole Ann Jones, 1942 -2019 Robert J. Avrech“Sunset Boulevard, the Painting Not the Movie”2020acrylic on linen, 20 in X 20 in. Rachel PosnerChanukah in Germany Shortly Before the Nazi Rise to Power, Kiel, Germany, 1931The woman who took this photo lived directly across the street from the Nazi headquarters in her town in Northern Germany.From the Yad Vashem Archives: “On Hanukkah 1932, just one month before Hitler came to power, Rachel Posner, wife of Rabbi Dr. Akiva Posner, took this photo of the family Hanukkah menorah from the window ledge of the family home looking out on to the building across the road decorated with Nazi flags. On the back of the photograph, Rachel Posner wrote in German (translated here): Chanukah 5692 (1932) “Death to Judah” So the flag says “Judah will live forever” So the light answers Rabbi Dr. Akiva Posner, Doctor of Philosophy from Halle-Wittenberg University, served from 1924–1933 as the last Rabbi of the community of Kiel, Germany. After Rabbi Posner publicized a protest letter in the local press expressing indignation at the posters that had appeared in the city: “Entrance to Jews Forbidden”, he was summoned by the chairman of the local branch of the Nazi party to participate in a public debate. The event took place under heavy police guard and was reported by the local press. When the tension and violence in the city intensified, the Rabbi responded to the pleas of his community to flee with his wife Rachel and their three children and make their way to Eretz Israel. Before their departure, Rabbi Posner was able to convince many of his congregants to leave as well and indeed most managed to leave for Eretz Israel or the United States. The Posner family left Germany in 1933 and arrived in Eretz Israel in 1934. Some eighty years later, Akiva and Rachel Posner’s descendants continue to light Hanukkah candles using the same menorah that was brought to Israel from Kiel. On Hanukkah 5770 (2009), their great-grandson, Akiva Mansbach, dressed in the uniform of the Israel Defence Forces saluted and read out a poem written in Hebrew in a similar vein to that written by Rachel Posner in 1932. Translated it reads: In 5692 the Menorah is in exile, it stands in the window It challenges the party flag that doesn’t yet rule “Judah die!” it says And Grandma ‘s rhyme responds In its own tongue, without despair: So the flag says, but our candle answers and declares “Judah will live forever” In 5770 the menorah stands in the window once again Facing the flag of the ruling State The descendant Akiva, named for his great-grandfather Salutes through the window and lights the menorah Grandmother, give thanks above and say a prayer That “the Redeemer will come to Zion” and not delay.” The Islander Automatic Dress Watch is the latest offering from Marc of Long Island Watch Company, who consistently offers excellent value for your money. The blue pinstriped dial is elegant and uncluttered with applied silver hour markers and sleek silver sword-style hands. An anti-reflective sapphire crystal guards against scratches and provides you with a clear view of the time and date. The watch comes with a brown alligator grained leather strap that includes a double push-button deployant clasp for easy on and off. Cost is $195.00. More here. Photo by Terence Spencer, London, 1970 Brothers Finn and Leo and their cousin Charlotte, wish all our friends and relatives the best Shabbat ever.