Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

“There are many things in your heart you can never tell to another person. They are you, your private joys and sorrows, and you can never tell them. You cheapen yourself, the inside of yourself, when you tell them.” —Greta Garbo, 1931

“There are many things in your heart you can never tell to another person. They are you, your private joys and sorrows, and you can never tell them. You cheapen yourself, the inside of yourself, when you tell them.”
—Greta Garbo, 1931

 

Sandro Botticelli, Portrait of a Young Woman,  after 1480, Tempera on panel,  47.5 x 35 cm.

Sandro Botticelli, Portrait of a Young Woman, after 1480, Tempera on panel, 47.5 x 35 cm.

 

Marlene by Brassaï (1937) “You are getting so beautiful they will have to make passport pictures of you 9 feet tall. What do you really want to do for a life work? Break everybody’s heart for a dime? You could always break mine for a nickel and I’d bring the nickel.” —Ernest Hemingway in a letter to Marlene Dietrich, 1950.

Marlene by Brassaï (1937)
“You are getting so beautiful they will have to make passport pictures of you 9 feet tall. What do you really want to do for a life work? Break everybody’s heart for a dime? You could always break mine for a nickel and I’d bring the nickel.”
—Ernest Hemingway in a letter to Marlene Dietrich, 1950.

 

Elvis Lipstick, 1956

Elvis Lipstick, 1956

 

To understand those days, you must consider that people believed what they saw on the screen. Nobody had destroyed the great illusion. Now they know it’s all make-believe. It’s the stars themselves who have been failing the fans. People have always been hungry for glamour—they still are. But it takes showmanship and a constant sense of responsibility to hold their interest. A star musn’t allow her public to see her in slacks. She should dress beautifully at all times—I don’t mean in a bizarre way. She must live their dreams for them and remain a figure of mystery. Glamour is the most essential part of Hollywood. —Bara in 1951 interview

“To understand those days, you must consider that people believed what they saw on the screen. Nobody had destroyed the great illusion. Now they know it’s all make-believe. It’s the stars themselves who have been failing the fans. People have always been hungry for glamour—they still are. But it takes showmanship and a constant sense of responsibility to hold their interest.
A star musn’t allow her public to see her in slacks. She should dress beautifully at all times—I don’t mean in a bizarre way. She must live their dreams for them and remain a figure of mystery. Glamour is the most essential part of Hollywood.”
—Theda Bara in a 1951 interview

 

Milton Avery, White Wave, 1954.

Milton Avery, White Wave, 1954.

 

Footlight Parade’s “By the Waterfall” sequence (1933) choreographed by Busby Berkeley.

Footlight Parade’s “By a Waterfall” sequence (1933) choreographed by Busby Berkeley.

 

Four studies of Leda by Leonardo Da Vinci.

Four studies of Leda by Leonardo Da Vinci.

 

Behind-the-scenes shot of the Warner Bros. electrical department & the mechanism they built to produce the spinning fountain in Busby Berkeley’s Footlight Parade “By a Waterfall” routine.

Behind-the-scenes shot of the Warner Bros. electrical department & the mechanism they built to produce the spinning fountain in Busby Berkeley’s Footlight Parade “By a Waterfall” routine.

 

Clyfford Still, PH-489, 1944, Oil on paper, 20 x 13.25 in.

Clyfford Still, PH-489, 1944, Oil on paper, 20 x 13.25 in.

 

“Sometimes I’ll watch an old movie on television and, once in a while, one of mine, such as April Showers, will come on and I’ll watch it. And you know something? I’m always amazed at what a lousy actress I was. I guess in the old days we just got by on glamour.” —Ann Sothern

“Sometimes I’ll watch an old movie on television and, once in a while, one of mine, such as April Showers, will come on and I’ll watch it. And you know something? I’m always amazed at what a lousy actress I was. I guess in the old days we just got by on glamour.”
—Ann Sothern

 

James Nares, Untitled,  2008, Oil on board 14 x 11 in.

James Nares, Untitled, 2008, Oil on board
14 x 11 in.

 

Rita Hayworth posing for publicity stills for Salome, 1953. “Why should I mind? I like having my picture taken and being a glamorous person. Sometimes when I find myself getting impatient, I just remember the times I cried my eyes out because nobody wanted to take my picture at the Trocadero.”

Rita Hayworth posing for publicity stills for Salome, 1953.
“Why should I mind? I like having my picture taken and being a glamorous person. Sometimes when I find myself getting impatient, I just remember the times I cried my eyes out because nobody wanted to take my picture at the Trocadero.” —Rita Hayworth

 

Ed Ruscha, Hell 1/2 Way Heaven, 1988, Lithograph in colors on Rives wove paper Overall Size: 7.8 x 29.5 in. Signed; Dated and numbered lower center in pencil. 63/100 Collection, Robert & Karen Avrech, Los Angeles.

Ed Ruscha, Hell 1/2 Way Heaven, 1988, Lithograph in colors on Rives wove paper
Overall Size: 7.8 x 29.5 in.
63/100
Collection, Robert & Karen Avrech, Los Angeles.

 

Bette Davis with her maid Marie on the Warner Brothers lot, 1943. “It has been my experience that one cannot, in any shape or form, depend on human relations for lasting reward. It is only work that truly satisfies. No one has ever understood the sweetness of my joy at the end of a good day’s work. I guess I threw everything else down the drain. I will not retire while I’ve still got my legs and my make-up box.”

Bette Davis with her maid Marie on the Warner Brothers lot, 1943.
“It has been my experience that one cannot, in any shape or form, depend on human relations for lasting reward. It is only work that truly satisfies. No one has ever understood the sweetness of my joy at the end of a good day’s work. I guess I threw everything else down the drain. I will not retire while I’ve still got my legs and my make-up box.” —Bette Davis

 

Artemesia Gentileschi, Bathsheba Bathing,  oil on canvas, 258 × 218 cm, 1650.

Artemesia Gentileschi, Bathsheba Bathing, oil on canvas, 258 × 218 cm, 1650.

 

Garbo and intertitle from Flesh and the Devil, 1927.

Garbo and intertitle from Flesh and the Devil, 1927.

 

Garbo walks.  The elusive Greta Garbo walking in New York (1955, photo by Lisa Larsen for LIFE) “I have no plans, not for the movies, not for the stage, not for anything. I’m sort of drifting…Sometimes I put on my coat at 10 in the morning and go out and follow people. I just go where they’re going. I mill around.” -Garbo, on her life after leaving Hollywood (LIFE magazine, Jan. 24th, 1955)

Garbo walks.
The elusive Greta Garbo walking in New York after leavingHollywood (1955, photo by Lisa Larsen)
“I have no plans, not for the movies, not for the stage, not for anything. I’m sort of drifting…Sometimes I put on my coat at 10 in the morning and go out and follow people. I just go where they’re going. I mill around.”
—Greta Garbo, (LIFE magazine, Jan. 24th, 1955)

 

Freud asked, “What do women want?” Poor clueless Siggy. Women want shoes. And we recommend the Anna May Wong by Charlotte Olympia.

Freud asked, “What do women want?” Poor clueless Siggy. Women want shoes. And we recommend the witty Anna May Wong pumps  by Charlotte Olympia.

 

“Every time your picture is taken, you lose a part of your soul.” ―Anna May Wong

“Every time your picture is taken, you lose a part of your soul.”
―Anna May Wong

 

 

“There are two reasons why I am successful in show business and I am standing on both of them.” —Betty Grable, 1950

“You’re better off betting on a horse than betting on a man. A horse may not be able to hold you tight, but he doesn’t wanna wander from the stable at night.”
—Betty Grable

 

Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue, the oldest existing synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, Curacao, built in 1732.

Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue, the oldest existing synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, Curacao, built in 1732.

 

“I’m one Hollywood star who hasn’t taken an overdose of sleeping pills. I haven’t been in jail, and I don’t go running to the psychiatrist every two minutes. That’s something of an accomplishment these days.” —Ava Gardner

“I’m one Hollywood star who hasn’t taken an overdose of sleeping pills. I haven’t been in jail, and I don’t go running to the psychiatrist every two minutes. That’s something of an accomplishment these days.”
—Ava Gardner

 

Main sanctuary of the Mikve Israel Emanuel Synagogue.

Main sanctuary of the Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue.

 

“To succeed in life means to count only on oneself, to remove oneself forever from dependency, to learn solitude, to no longer endure the disappointments inflicted by others, to no longer disperse one’s energies, to only give the gift of one’s presence after reflection, to know how to keep quiet, and to listen to what really matters, [and] to look in depth at what really is deserving.” -Brigitte Bardot, in her memoir Initiales B.B. (photo by Sam Levin, 1967)

“To succeed in life means to count only on oneself, to remove oneself forever from dependency, to learn solitude, to no longer endure the disappointments inflicted by others, to no longer disperse one’s energies, to only give the gift of one’s presence after reflection, to know how to keep quiet, and to listen to what really matters, and to look in depth at what really is deserving.”
-Brigitte Bardot, in her memoir Initiales B.B. (photo of and by Sam Levin, 1967)

 

Gene Davis, Black Grey Beat, 1964, acrylic on canvas 90 3/4 x 187 in.

Gene Davis, Black Grey Beat, 1964, acrylic on canvas
90 3/4 x 187 in.

 

“I know I’m vulgar, but would you have me any other way?” —Elizabeth Taylor

“I know I’m vulgar, but would you have me any other way?”
—Elizabeth Taylor

 

Andy Warhol, Liz, 1963, silkscreen on linen, 40 x 40 in.

Andy Warhol, Liz, 1963, silkscreen on linen, 40 x 40 in.

 

“[Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer] put me right to work in Manhattan Melodrama, which precipated the demise of John Dillinger, Public Enemy No. 1. FBI agents shot him down outside the Biograph Theatre, in Chicago, after he’d seen the film. Supposedly a Myrna Loy fan, he broke cover to see me. Personally, I suspect the theme of the picture rather than my fatal charms attracted him, but I’ve always felt a little guilty about it, anyway. They filled him full of holes, poor soul.” —Myrna Loy, in her autobiography Being and Becoming

“[Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer] put me right to work in Manhattan Melodrama, which precipated the demise of John Dillinger, Public Enemy No. 1. FBI agents shot him down outside the Biograph Theatre, in Chicago, after he’d seen the film. Supposedly a Myrna Loy fan, he broke cover to see me. Personally, I suspect the theme of the picture rather than my fatal charms attracted him, but I’ve always felt a little guilty about it, anyway. They filled him full of holes, poor soul.”
—Myrna Loy, in her autobiography Being and Becoming

 

Poster for Manhattan Melodrama, 1934.

Poster for Manhattan Melodrama, 1934, the movie that killed John Dillinger.

 

“My father is Abraham Lincoln. I mean, I think of Lincoln as my father. He was wise and kind and good. He is my ideal, Lincoln. I love him.“ -Marilyn Monroe (w/ Abe in 1954, photo by Milton Greene)

“My father is Abraham Lincoln. I mean, I think of Lincoln as my father. He was wise and kind and good. He is my ideal, Lincoln. I love him.“
-Marilyn Monroe (w/ Abe in 1954, photo by Milton Greene)

 

Roy Lichtenstein, Marilyn.

Roy Lichtenstein, Marilyn.

 

Sophia Loren, 1955 “The church is opposed to cloning, but an exception might be made in the case of Sophia Loren.” —Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State

Sophia Loren, 1955
“The church is opposed to cloning, but an exception might be made in the case of Sophia Loren.”
—Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State

 

Ariel Chaim wishes all our friends and relatives a lovely and inspirational Shabbat.

Ariel Chaim wishes all our friends and relatives a lovely and inspirational Shabbat.

 

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6 Comments

  1. Jeremayakovka
    Posted July 13, 2015 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    There are many things in your heart you can never tell to another person. They are you, your private joys and sorrows, and you can never tell them. You cheapen yourself, the inside of yourself, when you tell them.

    What poetry is for.

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  2. Michael Kennedy
    Posted July 11, 2015 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Great collection this week. Especially great.

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  3. Posted July 10, 2015 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Robert, was Manhattan Melodrama any good? I don’t recall seeing it. Odd, since Powell and Loy are 2 of my favorites!

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    • Robert J. Avrech
      Posted July 12, 2015 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

      It’s a pretty good film. Worth screening.

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  4. dahozho
    Posted July 10, 2015 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Oh, wow! Love the shul– lovely bright exterior and the very traditional sand floor!!
    Sorry I didn’t get pics, but was at the New West End shul in London a couple of weeks ago– gorgeous sanctuary (1890), they had a minyan but not many more. Very English– they had a vocal quartet during Torah service & musaf. Wish I’d had time to get back as a tourist. Small fry had fun with the other boys there– legos in the beis midrash at the top of the shul was a big hit.
    Hard to believe Ariel Chaim is a *toddler* already! Good Shabbos!

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  5. kishke
    Posted July 10, 2015 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Loony great quotation from Hemingway!

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