Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions September 23, 2016 by Robert J. Avrech 12 Comments The Twilight Zone‘s crew looks on as Rod Serling performs his on-camera narration for the episode “Static”, 1961.“As I grow older, the urge to write gets less and less. I’ve pretty much spewed out everything I have to say, none of which has been particularly monumental. I’ve written articulate stuff, reasonably bright stuff over the years, but nothing that will stand the test of time. The good writing, like wine, has to age well with the years, and my stuff is momentarily adequate.”—Rod Serling, 1972 Edvard Munch (1863-1944)Girl on the Beach, 1896 George HurrellBasil Rathbone, 1937 Winslow HomerAmerican artist,1836-1910Moonlight Edouard BoubatLella in Concarneau, 1948 Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847-1917)Moonlit Cove, early to mid-1880sOil on canvas14 1/8 x 17 1/8 inchesThe Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. Q: Odd that Charlie Chaplin sends his daughters to a convent. It certainly can’t be said that he has any sympathy with the Church. And why on earth does he send you to a convent?Geraldine Chaplin: “For the discipline. My father’s fanatical about discipline. Besides I was so wild, when I was ten, that I don’t know what would have happened if the nuns hadn’t brought me up. They were strict, the nuns, as strict as father, but they were so gentle too. And then the nuns gave me something I didn’t have, they gave me religion. You see, we Chaplin kids were never baptized into any religion. That’s the way father wanted and wants it. We’d never heard any talk of God, we’d never heard a prayer and…well, now I’ll tell you a very silly, a very odd thing.The first day I went into class, all the girls were standing up praying. I didn’t know about praying, you see, and so I thought they were reciting a lesson. But the second day they stood up again and recited the same lesson again, so I thought, that’s odd, didn’t they say the same lesson yesterday? I turned to one of the girls and asked her: ‘What are you doing?’ ‘We’re praying,’ she said. ‘Praying?’ I said. ‘Yes, praying,’ she said. “Praying to whom?” I said. ‘Praying to God,’ she said. ‘God who?’ I said.Well, the girl looked at me in amazement and didn’t say any more. So then, when the lesson was over, I went to the nuns and asked who God was: was he the head of the school? The nuns said yes, God was also the head of the school. So then I asked the nuns if I could meet this head of the school and the nuns replied that this head of the school was very good and was taking care of me. If I spoke to Him, He would listen and… well, it was like a fairy tale only more beautiful, and I believed it…“Q: Is it really true that until you were ten you’d never heard religion spoken of?Geraldine Chaplin: “No. Never….my father says he’d have liked to be religious, that it would have been a great help to him, but he just can’t be. If he could, he says, he’d put more trust in people. My father is a man with no illusions, and we all grew up without any illusions — except for the early years, when we thought it was Father Christmas who brought us cookies. But by now even the youngest of the children know the cookies come from mother and father, that there is no such person as Father Christmas.”—Geraldine Chaplin, excerpted from a 1965 interview by Oriana Fallaci, published in The Limelighters Izis Bidermanas b. Israëlis Bidermanas (1911, Lithuania – 1980, France),Bank of the Seine, 1949 Edward Hopper (1882-1967)Approaching a City, 1946Oil on canvas27 1/8 x 36 inchesThe Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. Andre BarreVogue, April, 1930 “I understand. You found paradise in America. You had a good trade, you made a good living. The police protected you and there were courts of law. So you didn’t need a friend like me. Now you come and say “Don Corleone, give me justice.” But you don’t ask with respect. You don’t offer friendship. You don’t even think to call me Godfather. You come into my house on the day my daughter is to be married and you ask me to do murder — for money.”The Godfather (1972)Screenplay by Mario Puzo, Francis Ford CoppolaBased on The Godfather by Mario Puzo George HurrellMyrna Loy, 1933 Thomas Eakins (1844-1916)Miss Amelia Van Buren, c. 1891Oil on canvas45 x 32 inchesThe Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. Mia Farrow, 1964. Photo by Philippe Halsman“I want a big career, a big man, and a big life. You have to think big — that’s the only way to get it..I just couldn’t stand being anonymous. I don’t want to be just ‘one of the Farrows,’ third from the top and fifth from the bottom.”—Mia Farrow, 1965 John Sloan (1871-1951)Six O’Clock, Winter, 1912Oil on canvas26 1/8 x 32 inchesThe Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C Marianne BreslauerDjemilaJerusalem, 1931 Jacob Lawrence(1917-2000)Toussaint L’Ouverture series: Contemplation, 1993Silkscreen on two ply rag paper32 1/8 x 22 1/8 inchesThe Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.Gift of Jacob Lawrence, 1993 Olive CottonInterior My Room, 1933 Ralston Crawford (1906-1978)Boat and Grain Elevators, No. 2, 1942Oil on hardboard20 1/8 x 16 inchesThe Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.Acquired 1943 Horst P. HorstVogue, Oct., 1938 Milton Avery (1885-1965)Black Sea, 1959Oil on canvas50 x 67 3/4 inchesThe Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.Acquired 1965 Robert J. Avrech, Silent Picture, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, 2007 Torah Pointerby Ori ResheffIsrael, 1990sterling silverAccession #: 2003.059Gift of Robert & Karen Avrech to the Mina K. Avrech Collection of Judaica, Yeshiva University Museum My mother, Mina K. Avrech, z’l, 1923 – 1989, c. 1940 Pinchas Zvi (Finn) wishes all our friends and relatives a peaceful and inspirational Shabbat. Ed Ruscha, The Absolute End, dry pigment on paper, 1982.