Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions July 9, 2021 by Robert J. Avrech 8 Comments “I used to say and do things to shock people. That was how I became famous. But now it is different. First the public likes you because you’re spectacular. But after it thinks you are a star it wants you to be nice. Now I am a star, I am nice.”—Maria Montez (b. Dominican Republic, María África Gracia Vidal 1912 – 1951) Nikolai Astrup (Norway, 1880 – 1928)“By the Open Door”1908oil on canvas34 x 43 inches Ramón Masats (Spain, b. 1931 – )Reading at the San Antonio Market in Barcelona, 1955 Rick McGinnisLifeguard Station, Santa Monica, Jan. 2008 An abandoned baby sleeps in a desk drawer in a Los Angeles Police Station, 1971. The Beach Boys, Los Angeles, August 1962. “It was a strange house. You didn’t answer the phone or read the mail; the doors were always open. Diamonds were left around like ashtrays. Lives of the Saints lay between two issues of movie magazines. An astrologer, a physical culture expert, a priest, a Chinese cook, and two Hungarian masseurs were part of the furnishings. During her massage sessions, Montez granted audiences.”—Jean-Pierre Aumont, (b. France, Jean-Pierre Philippe Salomons; 1911 – 2001 married to Maria Montez; 1943, until her untimely death.) At the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, you can view an amazing model of the holy Jewish Temple, destroyed, first by the Babylonians in 586 BCE, and then by the Romans in 70 ACE. Class photograph taken in front of their schoolhouse in Florida, 1890. Marilyn Monroe photographed by George Barris at 1506 Blue Jay Way, North Hollywood Hills. June 1962. Our friend Bill Brandt has identified the car as a Chrysler 300 H convertible owned by MGM and driven by Marilyn. Barefoot students and their teachers pose in front of their one-room log school house, Michigan, 1880. Photo of the Chrysler 300 H. “I regret not to remember her [Maria Montez] clearly, because I was too little when she died. Even though I have a living mental image of her, which I attribute to, while years were passing, her remembrance was always close to me through the conversations with my father, my aunts, my uncle François, well, from my whole family.”—Tina Aumont (America, 1946 – 2006; daughter of Jean-Pierre Aumont and Maria Montez). 1945 Rolex Bubbleback These giant books are housed in the archives of Prague Castle, Czech Republic. Art Nouveau entrance, Soignies, Belgium. The Statue of Liberty in Paris before it was shipped to New York, 1884. From the July 4th parade in their hometown, Ariel and Pinchas wish all our friends and relatives the best Shabbat ever.