Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions October 1, 2021 by Robert J. Avrech 12 Comments “It will be fun to be the first Jewish queen of Egypt.”—Elizabeth Taylor on playing Cleopatra. Her comment caused outrage in Egypt. John Wayne and his first wife, Josephine Saenz, on their wedding day, 1933. They divorced in 1945. Art Nouveau building, Belgium The Patek Philippe Ref. 6301P Grande Sonnerie has an elegant simplicity that hides a rather elaborate function. The cost is quite reasonable. Just kidding: $1,242,318. Full review here. Teenage girls wearing the fashion trend of 1953; dog collars fastened around their ankles, on the right if you had a boyfriend and on the left if you were single. “An actor is something less than a man, while an actress is something more than a woman.”—Richard Burton Rick McGinnisNiagara Falls, 2021 Carl Vilhelm Holsøe (Denmark, 1863 – 1935)Interior with Stove, no dateoil on canvas: 64 X 53 cmPrivate Collection An open air barbershop during the flu pandemic, 1918. An Israeli soldier chants the morning prayer service garbed in Tallis and Tefillin. A New York cop halts traffic for a cat and her kitten, 1925Photo by Harry Warnecke “Acting is bad acting if the actor himself gets emotional in the act of making the audience cry. The object is to make the audience cry, but not cry yourself. The emotion has to be inside the actor, not outside. If you stand there weeping and wailing, all your emotions will go down your shirt and nothing will go out to your audience. Audience control is really about the actor.”—Rex Harrison The owner of Wally’s Barber Shop, located on St. Martin’s street, London, painted defiant slogans after his shop was damaged in the German blitz It may look like a bird but it’s actually a flower, Magnolia Liliflora. Myrna Loy, 1930. One of my favorite Loy films is Test Pilot, 1938, where she co-stars opposite Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy. Gable, a test pilot, is forced to land his plane on her family’s farm. The flirtatious dialogue between Gable and Loy when they first meet is some of the sharpest ever written. Ruth Harriet Louise (American, 1906 – 1944)Carmel Myers (1899 – 1980), the rabbi’s beautiful daughter achieved her greatest successes in silent films where she frequently played wicked women, a personae which bore no resemblance to her private life. In a Hollywood that encouraged assimilation, she never denied she was Jewish. When offered work by Samuel Goldwyn on condition that she change her name, she responded, “Oh, Mr. Goldfish, if my career depends upon my hiding the fact that I was born a Jew, I’d rather not have one.” Her brother Zion, was a talented screenwriter and producer. 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Irving PennCarmen Dell’Orefice and Butterflies, Vogue, 1946 Livia Yarden wishes all our friends and relatives the best Shabbat ever.