Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions July 10, 2015 by Robert J. Avrech 7 Comments “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. 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 “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. Footlight Parade’s “By a Waterfall” sequence (1933) choreographed by Busby Berkeley. 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. 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 James Nares, Untitled, 2008, Oil on board14 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 Ed Ruscha, Hell 1/2 Way Heaven, 1988, Lithograph in colors on Rives wove paperOverall Size: 7.8 x 29.5 in.63/100Collection, 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 Artemesia Gentileschi, Bathsheba Bathing, oil on canvas, 258 × 218 cm, 1650. Garbo and intertitle from Flesh and the Devil, 1927. 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 witty Anna May Wong pumps by Charlotte Olympia. “Every time your picture is taken, you lose a part of your soul.”―Anna May Wong “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. “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. “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 canvas90 3/4 x 187 in. “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. “[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, 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) 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 Ariel Chaim wishes all our friends and relatives a lovely and inspirational Shabbat.