Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions June 24, 2016 by Robert J. Avrech 15 Comments “Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering — because you can’t take it all in at once.”—Audrey Hepburn Utamaro,Woman Wiping Sweat, Woodblock print, 1798. Andrew Follows1930s Chevrolet hotrod2016From the series Carmania 2Digital photograph Thomas EakinsAmerican painter and photographer (b. 1844, Philadelphia, d. 1916, Philadelphia)Clarac. 1900Oil on canvas, 61 x 51 cmMusée d’Orsay, Paris Saul Leiter“Remy, c. 1950” Self Portrait by John Collier (early 1900s) Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth, England Robert Motherwell, Beside the Sea No. 22, 1962, Oil on Strathmore Paper, 73.7 x 58.4 cm. “My god, I had black hair — it was photographed blue-black it was so dark — and thick bushy eyebrows. And my mother and father had to stop them from dying my hair and plucking out my eyebrows. The studio even wanted to change my name to Virginia. They tried to get me to create a Joan Crawford mouth when I first began using lipstick at fifteen. They wanted, you know, Joan Crawford, the ‘40s and everything. Every movie star, Lana Turner, all of them, painted over their lips: and I’m sure that some of them had perfectly fine, full lips — but thin eyebrows were the fad…and God forbid you do anything individual or go against the fad. But I did. I figured this looks absurd. And I agreed with my dad: God must have had some reason for giving me bushy eyebrows and black hair. I guess I must have been pretty sure of my sense of identity. It was me. I accepted it all my life and I can’t explain it. Because I’ve always been very aware of the inner me that has nothing to do with the physical me.”—Elizabeth Taylor Maarten van HeemskerckPortrait of a Lady Spinning c. 1531 Saul LeiterRabbi Wolf Leiter, my father, 19488 7/8 X 13 inchesGelatin silver print; printed 1960s, Howard Greenberg Gallery John Frederick PetoAmerican painter (b. 1854, Philadelphia, d. 1907, New York City)Tom’s River1905Oil on canvas, 59 x 41 cmMuseo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid Because Humphrey Bogart was shorter than Ingrid Bergman, he wore these platform shoes during the filming of Casablanca. Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) – Argyle Chair, Circa 1900 Thurston Hopkins, Tango in the East End, London, 1954 “I was never one to think that because you are in the picture business, because you’re an actor, you’re a special person. Not at all… If you’re lucky, you bring a little excitement to the world. If you’re really lucky, you lend your fame to worthwhile causes… Apart from that, you’re just another human being, trying to make a living, doing it the best way you possibly can.”—Buster Crabbe Edward Harrison MayAmerican painter (b. 1824, Croydon, d. 1887, Paris)Jewish Captives at Babylon1861Oil on canvas, 198 x 131 cmPrivate collection Saul Leiter“Deborah at Tante (Yiddish: aunt) Esther’s, c. 1947” Poster for “The 39 Steps” (1935) – directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll Channa Horowitz, Sonakinatography, Composition XVII, 1987–2004. Casein paint on mylar. Courtesy the Estate of Channa Horwitz. Photo: Timo Ohler. Gjon MiliAlfred Hitchcock, 1942 Robert J. Avrech,Karen Discovers a Silent Picture,Jewel Avenue, Queens NY, 2016 Pinchas Tzvi, named after Karen’s beloved father, wishes all our friends and relatives a lovely and meaningful Shabbat.