Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions July 22, 2016 by Robert J. Avrech 19 Comments “My face has been my misfortune, a mask I cannot remove. I must live with it. I curse it.”—Hedy Lamar b. Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler (1914 – 2000) Louis Jacques-Mandé DaguerrePortrait of Dorothy Catherine Draper. The earliest surviving photograph of a woman, 1839 or 1840. James Naresoil on canvas Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, Spanish artist, 1863-1923 “Mother” 1895. Margit Lisa Roeder, “Smoking Break (Spiral-staircases),” Wendeltreppen, Hamburg. 2013. Mary Nolan (1902 – 1948) b. Mary Imogene Robertson, was a Ziegfeld girl at the tender age of 15. Her nickname was Bubbles — which gives some insight into young Mary’s character. She gained notoriety for her very public affair with Frank Tinney, a popular vaudeville star who was married. Nolan eventually made her way to Hollywood where in 1928, she co-starred in West of Zanzibar, directed by Tod Browning. The film stars Lon Chaney and Lionel Barrymore, with Nolan cast as Chaney’s defiled daughter Maizie. The film was a hit and Nolan’s performance is superb. In 1929, Nolan starred in Desert Nights opposite John Gilbert. Once again the Kentucky born Nolan turned in a finely calibrated performance. Unfortunately, Nolan had a taste for abusive men. She carried on an affair with MGM fixer Eddie Mannix, who beat Nolan to a pulp when she threatened to expose their relationship to Mannix’s wife. Nolan was hospitalized for six months and endured fifteen surgeries. Except for small parts in small movies, Nolan’s career was over. Unable to find work in Hollywood, Nolan put together a nightclub act. She sang, she danced, she told stories of her glory days as a Ziegfeld girl and a Hollywood star. She was also a heroin addict. This picture was taken in 1937 when Nolan was but 35 years old. In 1948, Nolan’s body was discovered in her shabby Los Angeles bungalow, dead from an overdose of Seconal. She was 46 years old. Naum Gabo“Construction-in-Depths”1944, Oil-on-board-15-x-18-in. “My life is fair game for anybody. I spent an unhappy, penniless childhood in Brooklyn. I had to slug my way up in a town called Hollywood where people love to trample you to death. I don’t relax because I don’t know how. I don’t want to know how. Life is too short to relax.”—Susan Hayward b. Edythe Marrenner (1917 – 1975) Moira Dryer (American artist, 1957–1992)Untitled 1987casein on panel48.2 x 48 x 3 in. Robert DoisneauThe Last WaltzParis, 1949 Agnes Martin, American-Canadian artist, 1912 – 2004Untitled 1977 Robert Capa (born Endre Friedmann, 1913 – 1954)Israel 1949 Robert Riggs (American artist, 1896–1970) “Catcher on the Line” “I am not temperamental. I just know what I want and if I don’t have it, I try to get it.”—Paulette Goddard b. Pauline Marion Goddard Levy (1910 – 1990) Antonio del Pollaiuolo, Profile Portrait of a Young Lady, 1465 Fernando TabordaLinhas incidentes, Incident Lines, 1954 Sam Francis (American,1923 – 1994)“Untitled” 1964 Acrylic on paper, mounted on masonite 40.875 x 27.375 in (103.7 x 69.5 cm) Guggenheim, N.Y. Child’s Wheelbarrow by Dutch architect and furniture designer Gerrit Rietveld embodies key elements of the De Stijl movement: basic geometric shapes and primary colors, 1923. Painted wood. Tsukioka KogyoFirefliesc.1900 William Klein, EvelynTripp, Paris, 1958 Eve Arden in “Mildred Pierce,” 1945. Screenplay by Ranald McDougall based on the novel by James M. Cain Mountain Jews of Azerbaijan, 1920s Etrog ContainerPiet Cohen, Dutch, b. 1935Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1995Silver; synthetic string3 3/16 × 11 1/2 × 3 3/16 in. Robert J. Avrech, Silent Picture, Going Through Car Wash, Los Angeles, 2016. Ariel and Pinchas wish all our friends and relatives a happy and uplifting Shabbat. Ed Ruscha, The Absolute End, dry pigment on paper, 1982.